HELP! iPhone 5 bad ESN IMEI. T mobile

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by bakeryracing, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. bakeryracing macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2013
    I recently bought a phone from eBay. It was a tmobile iPhone 5. I went to activate it. Boom. Bad IMEI. My fault I should of read the fine print.

    I was going to get it jailbroken / flashed . But the guy I brought it to told me it was originally from Sweden or Switzerland (I forget) and he couldn't do it and offered me $200 for the phone. Anyone hear such a thing? Still the same model # as any other iPhone 5. Any thoughts would be great.
  2. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    I don't know anything specifically about the country of origin/it not working, but I know $200 is way too low for an iPhone 5, regardless if it'll work or not. You could get more selling it on eBay as a parts phone if it didn't even work. Since it's working I would imagine you could get considerably more. If it were me I'd take it to someone else who might be able to flash it for you. Maybe this guy took you for a sucker. He'll give you $200 for your phone that "doesn't work" and turn around and flash it and sell it for $500+.

    I just checked eBay and non-working parts phones are going for $200+ and there's quite a few listings of phones with bad ESNs/IMEIs going for over $400.
  3. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I sold a 64GB 4S for $375 on eBay back in January. It had a bad ESN from Verizon.

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