Trying to sell iPhone, have a quick question?

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  1. Ashkin1194 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    I'm looking into selling my Verizon iPhone 4 16gb. I know that you should stay away from buying a phone with a "bad esn". Here are my questions:

    1. What is an esn and what makes it bad?

    2. When I sell my iPhone, how can I make sure it doesn't have a bad esn and that it will work for the person who buys it?

    3. Is there a way to "clean" a bad esn?


    Thanks so much!
     
  2. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    bad esn is when someone reports a phone lost/stolen or doesn't pay the bill. verizon will blacklist it in that case. it would still be useful to someone who wants to activate it on another CDMA carrier (cricket wireless for example).

    You can check if an ESN is clear by calling vzw customer service. "I'd like to buy this phone from a friend, can you check if the ESN is clear and it is able to be activated?"

    good luck with the sale.
     
  3. Ashkin1194 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!
     
  4. macingman macrumors 68020

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    Unless the device has been stolen or lost I doubt it would have a bad esn.
     
  5. TC25 macrumors 68020

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    Why do people say they have a 'quick question', whatever that is? Why not simply ask the question and make the thread title something informative?
     

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