Using a device with a bad ESN?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by SuperSVGA, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. SuperSVGA macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2013
    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?
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    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.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    The ones with bad ESNs are usually stolen. Do you enjoy buying stolen things?
    The carriers are cracking down on methods for bypassing stolen equipment locks as well
  4. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    They are either stolen or the owner broke his/her contract without paying the ETF fee. I wouldn't buy it.
  5. jessetierney macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2013
    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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