How to prevent Bad ESN

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by fre33way, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. fre33way macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2014
    I am thinking about buying a used verizon or att iphone 5s from ebay or craigslist. Craigslist is definately cheaper but how do I make sure the seller doesn't report the phone lost after I buy it (maybe a month later or so)? I am going to use the phone on tmobile.
  2. H2K03 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2009
    You can check on T-Mobile's own checker online to see if it's blacklisted:


    But if they decide to report it stolen afterwards, nothing you can do about that unfortunately. It's a risk you'll have to take with Craigslist.
  3. fre33way thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2014
    Is there a place to buy iphones without taking a risk? or maybe less than craigslist?
  4. brun019822 macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2006

    Even if they report it stolen you would still be able to use it on tmobile.
  5. taedouni macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2011
    If you're buying it in person, meet the seller at a carrier store so that you can activate it with them there to make sure that it works fine. When I sell phones I always meet people there to avoid any problems. I always ask for the money first though then walk in the store with them.
  6. H2K03 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2009
    eBay generally has less risk because of the seller reputation. You can always dispute with Paypal if you have an issue with an eBay phone.

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