Bad ESN?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Lammercy, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. Lammercy macrumors regular

    Jun 4, 2012
    Just looking at the cost of iPhones on eBay and some phones are regular priced but then some are a bit lower and labeled bad ESN. What exactly is that and how useless is a phone with a bad ESN to warrant the cheaper prices?
  2. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    Basically blacklisted with the carrier of that phone.
  3. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
  4. aneftp macrumors 68040

    Jul 28, 2007
    Bad verizon iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, 5S= buying low price and than funneling it via black market overseas or non-American carrier equals big profit margin since phone is not blacklisted.

    USA phones are only blacklisted on USA carriers.

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