iPhone 5 Bad ESN Verizon Activation

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jhbalaji, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. jhbalaji macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2013
    I am getting a great deal on BAD ESN Verizon iPhone 5 (MD665LL/A) from a local pawn sim. I am planning to use it abroad for GSM Use.
    I have few queries
    1. Do I need a verizon sim to activate the iPhone after iOS7 or future iOS updates? Right now it runs iOS 6.1.4
    2. Do all the Verizon iPhone 5 are GSM unlocked???
    3. Any know issues due to BAD ESN in future use with GSM Carriers abroad?

    Simply I can't resist the deal.

    Thank you very much for your help!
  2. CanadianGeek macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2012
    1. No, you can use any GSM sim from abroad, not sure if it will activate with a US SIM

    2. Yes, on the GSM side they are.

    3. Nope, it'll act as a gsm unlocked iphone that you can use anywhere except the US and Canada (I think)

    Have fun with your iPhone!
  3. jhbalaji thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2013
    Do they require verizon sim to pass over the activation screen after iOS update?
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    A bad ESN could mean a stolen phone.

    Right now there are no issues abroad, but at some point US carriers could start exchanging stolen phone data with carriers around the world.
  5. CBillups1 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    um, the verizon you can use anywhere GSM including USA and Canada.

    how do you think people bought them to use on tmobile?
  6. sky1234 macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2014
    I am wondering what your final experience is? were you able to successfully use the bad esn verizon phone overseas? I am planning to buy a bad esn phone and wondering if it works out or not.
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Just make sure its not activation locked with icloud.
    Or you'd be stuck with a useless device.
  8. patt2k macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2012

    1. Yes you can USE ANY USA sim you want.

    2. Yes you can use USA SIM

    3. Yes you can use USA SIM 3rd time

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