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Buying a used Nexus on craigslist

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by sq33, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. sq33

    sq33 Newbie
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    So I met a guy from craigslist at a Verizon store who said he had a Nexus for sale. When the salesperson tried to activate it, there was a balance (huge number) on the account. The guy said he would get back to me when he clears it up. He texts me saying he unlocked the phone and using my SIM card will work in it? Is he full of baloney?

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  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    It's likely. If this is a Verizon version, there's no point in sim unlocking it because it only supports one LTE frequency. The Sprint version wouldn't work on LTE due to a different frequency, so that would be worthless. The GSM version is already sim unlocked, and wouldn't work on Verizon anyways due to different technology.

    If they didn't pay their balance, the ESN would be blocked and you wouldn't be able to activate it anyways. I would try to meet up at the Verizon store just like you did before and try to activate it before the sale transaction gets done.
  3. sq33

    sq33 Newbie
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    Does it make a difference that I already have a 4G phone and can just put my Sim card in the nexus?
  4. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    If the device is clean, and the sim card is the same size as what the nexus takes, it should be fine. If the device is blacklisted as being either stolen or because the owner hasn't paid their bill, it won't activate.
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  5. GandalfTehGray

    GandalfTehGray Android Expert

    Id check out swappa.com too. That guy sounds too shady for me :p
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  6. streetfish

    streetfish Well-Known Member

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The Galaxy Nexus release date was November 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.65" inch screen, 5MP camera, 1GB RAM, TI OMAP 4460 processor, and 1750mAh battery.

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