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Old September 18th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So has any one bought a phone off of Ebay and then activated it for an everyday use phone? I've been perusing the listings for esteems, connects, etc. Basically I want to get a Metro 4G phone, but can't afford to buy new. I'm seeing a lot of them that say bad esn, broken screen etc. I assume that I can't activate a phone that says bad esn.

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Old September 18th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well if its a Metro phone, not sure why it would have a bad ESN as Metro has no contracts to be broken.
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May have been reported stolen or insurance claimed would be my guess.
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I got an LG Optimus along time ago off of eBay and it was straight. Just look for things that say bad esn, broken/removed items (case, screen, no battery, etc), and even send the seller a question if you have to. Not only that but you could get an squaretrade warranty as well. I never went through squaretrade for cell phones, but everything else I did go through them with was legit.
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I got an LG Optimus along time ago off of eBay and it was straight. Just look for things that say bad esn, broken/removed items (case, screen, no battery, etc), and even send the seller a question if you have to. Not only that but you could get an squaretrade warranty as well. I never went through squaretrade for cell phones, but everything else I did go through them with was legit.

What is square trade?
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What is square trade?
SquareTrade is one of the largest independent warranty providers for consumer electronics and appliances headquartered in San Francisco.

http://pages.ebay.com/warranty/squaretrade.html
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