How to prevent Bad ESN

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

  1. fre33way macrumors newbie

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    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

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

    https://www.t-mobile.com/verifyIMEI.aspx

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    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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