Using a device with a bad ESN?

SuperSVGA

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 14, 2013
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I've been thinking about buying a 5S off eBay but I have no interests in activating it at the moment. I see the ones with bad ESNs are cheaper. I've searched the internet but found different answers. If I buy one with a bad ESN and get something like this, can I get past the insert SIM screen?
 

Mrbobb

macrumors 601
Aug 27, 2012
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Should be able to use it as an expensive iPod.

If by "at the moment" u hope to resuscitate its cellular function in the future I have no answer.
 

jessetierney

macrumors newbie
Dec 15, 2013
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There's a reason legit ones are more expensive. Carrier's have been able to track down thefts, and at least prevent the bad phones from being used. I would consider it an extremely risky purchase.
 
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