iPhone 4 on ebay

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by donw35, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. donw35 macrumors regular

    donw35

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    I am selling my wife's iPhone 4 on ebay, I am being asked to give the esn number, is that safe to do ?, why would that want that ? how do I tell if its a clean esn number ?. we bought this phone new and use it for a year, I got her an iphone5 and moved the services from 4 to the 5.

    thanks
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So its an verizon iphone 4 right?
    That's to make sure the phone is not blocked by the carrier.
     
  3. It'sMyPrecious macrumors regular

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    When I sold my (not iPhone) phone on ebay, I posted gave the buyer the esn. Basically a phone with a bad esn has either been reported as stolen, or the owner is in bad standing with the carrier due to not paying bills or other violations.

    Basically the buyer wants to check for himself that the esn is all good.
     
  4. donw35 thread starter macrumors regular

    donw35

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    so giving out the esn number is no risk to me ?

    thanks for the feedback
     
  5. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    Thats what ebay buyer protection is for...I have never shared IMEI or anything else with the buyer.

    Ebay is on their side and if bad, they'll get their money back.

    I would be concerned that a phone could be cloned...if the potential buyer makes the purchase (and pays) you can share it then before shipment.
     
  6. donw35 thread starter macrumors regular

    donw35

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    I found a website checkesnfree and mine comes back clean as it should, I moved the service from one phone to another, I will not be giving out the esn number to anyone. I have 100% feedback on my ebay account and that should speak for itself.

    Thanks for the feedback
     
  7. thekb macrumors 6502a

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    I can't see the harm in sharing the info, but I don't work for a phone company so I don't know if cloning is possible based simply on that number. I can tell you I would not bid on a phone that hadn't been confirmed to be valid in the Verizon system.
     
  8. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    It's fine. I wouldn't buy a used iPhone without verifying that it has a clean ESN.
     

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