Curious- BAD ESN's

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dingster1, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. dingster1 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a used Verizon iPhone on ebay. Almost everything I've looked at has "BAD ESN". Are people just buying phones and not paying the bills or what?!
     
  2. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Bad ESN's usually mean;

    1. They haven't paid their bills (collections)
    2. They broke their contract and/or terminated early
    3. It's stolen

    You might run into an issue with these specifically since you'll only be able to reactivate them if the back balance is paid off. I'm sure you can speak with a VZ rep and let them know the deal but this issue has come up before with phones with bad ESN's.
     
  3. thespazz macrumors 6502a

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    Do not under any circumstances purchase a phone with a bad ESN. There is too much risk associated with a Bad ESN.
     
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree.
    Unless you want to use it as an ipod touch and not a phone.
    Verizon will not activate it for you so you'd be stuck with it.
     
  5. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    What the heck? They'll turn your phone into a brick if you terminate the contract?

    I assume you mean terminate the contract by paying the ETF.
     
  6. dingster1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh yes I know. I buy used phones from 3 dealers only on ebay. I was just surprised by all the bad esn postings.
     
  7. roflc0pter macrumors regular

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    Majority of them come from insurance fraud...

    :eek:
     
  8. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Yes, Verizon can and will turn your phone into a brick if it was reported as lost or stolen and replaced under insurance.

    Terminating your contract early will not get your ESN "blacklisted" provided you paid the termination fee.
     
  9. jackhdev macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I have a "protection plan" on my iPhone provided by Verizon. Whether I crack the screen, lose it, or it explodes, I get a new one (the exact same model) for only $99. However, if I lie, and the phone is actually working fine, I believe it would have a bad ESN even though I didn't steal it or didn't refuse to pay my bills.
     

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