Iphone 4s locked and esn has a problem

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  1. elvismsmarta macrumors newbie

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    My friend has an iphone i wanted to go for a factory unlock but upon checking on swappa for esn, it came up with ESN does not appear to be eligible for activation!
    Please contact carrier customer service. i also checked using verizon tool and it says The phone associated with the Device ID you entered is not compatible with the Verizon Wireless network. When i use MEID sayThis device has previously been reported as lost or stolen and cannot be activated at this time.
    It works with an x-sim in Kenya but i would like it to be factory unlocked. How can i go about it, am planning on calling verizon because that's the network it shows on general>>about>>carrier. Anybody with experience please help
     
  2. 617aircav Suspended

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    Why not call verizon first, nobody can tell you what verizon will do.
     
  3. elvismsmarta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i called them but unfortunately they told me it's reported lost on their database. i have seen some guys advitising on ebay for cleaning bad ESN phone so that they can be activated and unlocked i don't know if its legit or its just a scam.
     
  4. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    Its a scam. The phone is useless as a phone.
     
  5. elvismsmarta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    its not useless since it can use sim cards in kenya using X-SIM, the only problem is it may never get factory unlocked. :cool:
     
  6. lambo macrumors regular

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    What is x-sim and how is this possible that your phone works there? Wouldn't that mean that there is a market for reported stolen iPhones in Kenya? Very interested.
     
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    Elvismsmarta send me a pm
     
  8. elvismsmarta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The owner bought it overseas because she travels a lot. I wanted to unlock the phone for her only to realize that's the status. That doesn't mean there is a market for stolen phones. Actually i have come to learn of x-sim from this experience :cool:
     
  9. Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

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    If the owner bought the iPhone 4S new overseas, it wouldn't be useable with Verizon.
     
  10. I7guy macrumors G5

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    Owner bought the 4s used overseas or fell off the truck new. Obviously can't purchase a VZW phone new outside of the US.
     
  11. Winona Northdakota, Aug 10, 2014
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    Winona Northdakota macrumors 6502a

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    Iphone 4s locked and esn has a problem


    Then Verizon has nothing to do with the phone. Verizon only allows phones bought for Verizon on their network. You can't bring an outside phone in. The big tip-off?

    All iPhone 4S's have MEIDs and ESNs, though only MEIDs and ESNs whitelisted to Verizon's network will be allowed by Verizon on their network. Traditionally, those iPhones are bought from a Verizon or authorized retailer or Apple store in US. The MEID, for example of a GSM destined iPhone 4S, will be most likely a duplicate of the IMEI, which won't work, it is too long of a serial number.
     
  12. elvismsmarta thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i will just use the phone as it is with the x-sim it works fine but USSDs don't work which is fine with me. Getting a factory unlock will not happen as i have realized by the comments you guys have given.
     

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