Root Purchasing a new EVO to "TOY" with.

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Matlock, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Matlock

    Matlock Well-Known Member
    163

    Jan 6, 2010
    649
    521
    163
    Co-Manager of SONIC Drive-In
    Texas!
    Alrighty.. I want to get down and dirty with this lovely EVO, but would rather not "destroy" my only means of communication to the Outside Word. So here are some questions to see if anyone has any idea.

    I am looking around on the lovely eBay site and figured I'd sign up for it and get back into the buying craze like I did when I was younger with my favorite game Final Fantasy IV, but anyway..

    I see that some of the EVOs have bad ESNs, and that means they were either reported lost or stolen, or they were not paid for, from what I gather. I will probably stay away from those, but I would like to purchase a second EVO to Toy with and learn the ins and outs of that sucker, and make my Guide a little more in-depth.

    I do not plan on activating another device, but isn't it possible to have an inactive phone, and still use a WiFi connection to use the markets and most of the features on the phone? No WiFi around here to test it out on.

    And of course the hardest part of this is getting an EVO that is actually working. You never know with sellers on eBay, even the top rated ones. I've gotten stiffed before. So it wouldn't surprise me if it happens again.

    Any in-sights would be beneficial. 'priciate it!
     

    Advertisement
  2. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA
    VIP Member
    213

    Oct 24, 2009
    2,940
    564
    213
    Real Estate Agent
    M A dub'l dolla sign
    You can definitely use a Evo with WiFi as your primary internet connection, and buying one with a bad ESN might save you some bucks. Market and all G-apps will still work, just no texting or phone calls (which I'm sure you already knew). As far as getting a working Evo I have no insight on that lol, just cross your fingers when bidding I guess.
     
  3. Matlock

    Matlock Well-Known Member
    163

    Jan 6, 2010
    649
    521
    163
    Co-Manager of SONIC Drive-In
    Texas!
    Here is another question..

    Say I buy a used EVO that was previously activated with a good ESN.
    If the phone is still active with another contract holder, I wouldn't be able to activate it onto mine. Or can I? If I can get one with a good ESN and in better shape, I surely want to use it as my main phone.
     
  4. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member
    163

    You'd be able to text with Google Voice btw, in Wifi.
     
  5. I don't have much advice to give you, but I hope it works out. The other guide was great. I'd be interested to see what you could come up with once acquiring a "toy" Evo.
     
  6. surfologist87

    surfologist87 Well-Known Member
    93

    Jul 27, 2010
    856
    110
    93
    behind you
    This is all right on.
    If you pick up one with a bad ESN, it would save you a lot of money. Then, you can use everything on the phone via wifi, except for sending/recieving actual texts, and obviously the phone. But since everything else will be fine with wifi i think you should do that.

    Even post an ad on craigslist, Wanted: Bad ESN Evo, and see what offers you get.

    I thought about doing this too, but im just taking the chances with mine lol.
     
  7. CRPercodani

    CRPercodani OFWGKTA
    VIP Member
    213

    Oct 24, 2009
    2,940
    564
    213
    Real Estate Agent
    M A dub'l dolla sign
    If they still have the Evo activated on their line then no you couldn't. Once they switch to a different phone then yes you could.
     
  8. GrandMasterBirt

    GrandMasterBirt Well-Known Member
    36

    Sep 12, 2010
    131
    2
    36
    You can use any EVO as long as it was not reported as lost or stolen. Thus is the way with CDMA phones.
     
  9. SaleenFiend

    SaleenFiend Well-Known Member
    63

    Oct 6, 2010
    446
    92
    63
    Louisiana
    I know of using BAD ESNs that were reported lost and stolen with out a hitch on an active contract before-I've seen this first hand multiple times.

    As far as an EVO goes they may have changed something. Phones I know of were in the past (2 Samsung Instincts & 1 original Samsung Rant)

    I have also seen someone send in a reported lost phone for a credit on a contract through the Sprint buy back program.


    All phones were CDMA
     
  10. Matlock

    Matlock Well-Known Member
    163

    Jan 6, 2010
    649
    521
    163
    Co-Manager of SONIC Drive-In
    Texas!
    Good information. I'll give sprint a call and see what they say. Been trying to bid on a few White EVOs on eBay with Clean ESNs. I don't wanna spend too much on it, but they are selling for $300+. If I am going to get one for that price, might as well buy a brand new EVO. lol
     
Tags:

Share This Page

Loading...