will rooting fix bad esn


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  1. mbg237

    mbg237 New Member

    so i bought an evo from craigslist and called sprint to activate it and sprint says its still activated on another accound. so what are options?? if i root the phone will i be able to fix it. i also saw somewhere i can change the esn, does that mean i would take the esn from my broken lg and set it to the htc? thanks!

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  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    what you are talking about is illegal. you can't switch esn's like that. you could get into serious trouble and i do not recommend any such action. that is the issue when buying phones from ebay or craigslist. you need to check to see if you have a good phone or not before buying it. sorry man i think that you are SOL. on this one.
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  3. mbg237

    mbg237 New Member

    so i bought an evo from craigslist and called sprint to activate it and sprint says its still activated on another accound. so what are options?? if i root the phone will i be able to fix it. i also saw somewhere i can change the esn, does that mean i would take the esn from my broken lg and set it to the htc? thanks!
  4. mbg237

    mbg237 New Member

    i think so to, i dont know anything about stuff like this, when i was looking for options those are some things that came up. but thanks
  5. I.B. Pimpin

    I.B. Pimpin Active Member

    Not unless you have a close buddy that works for Sprint. Seriously though no you can't. What is the reason it has a bad ESN. Is it stolen? Was there an insurance claim filed on it? Failure to pay bill?

    Edit: Nevermind I see why. You can contact whoever sold you the phone and tell them to drop it from their account. That is if they didn't steal it.
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  6. mbg237

    mbg237 New Member

    i actually just talked to sprint and they said his account was restricted bc he didnt pay balance. sucks for me, at least i didnt pay to much for it!
  7. IAmSixNine

    IAmSixNine Well-Known Member

    Your not out of luck. Put it back on CL but advertise its got a bad ESN and it will work great for someone wanting to re-flash it for metro PCS or Cricket or something.

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