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[AT&T] Straight talk and bad esn gs4

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  1. jrccomputer

    jrccomputer Well-Known Member

    Will I be able to activate a bad esn gs4 on straight talk??

    I believe I already know the answer, but need to make sure before I go all in!!

  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    Nope, especially since ST uses AT&T's network. Once a device is blacklisted, the only place it *might* work is on a foreign network.
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  3. jrccomputer

    jrccomputer Well-Known Member

    For some reason I dont fully understand this!! The sims card is where the validation is done!! So why does the phones IMEI matter?? JW
  4. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    In order institute a deterrent on phone theft, carriers will run the IMEI of the device against the national blacklist data base once it connects to their network. If an IMEI appears on that list, then it was reported stolen and thus they kill service to it.
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  5. jrccomputer

    jrccomputer Well-Known Member

    Thank you!! Ok, I see!! Not so much a matter of activation as much as, a cancellation of service thus after activation!!
  6. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    It can occur at either location. Some carriers will ask for the IMEI before activating a sim and if it turns up blacklisted then they stop the process. Other times they read it after it's activated and then hit the kill switch.
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  7. jrccomputer

    jrccomputer Well-Known Member

    Thanks a million man!! I was confused!!
  8. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    No problem, it really sucks buying a phone that was reported stolen without knowing ahead of time that it was or being the victim of phone insurance fraud. I hope that didn't happen to you with this S4 you're asking about. :(
  9. jrccomputer

    jrccomputer Well-Known Member

    I bought it online!! And never knew!!

    But I know how to fix it!! Its just more money that I will have to spend

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