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ESN checker

Discussion in 'Archived Threads' started by gallandof, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. I work at a local verizon store, and I figured I would extend this service to everyone. If you have a phone your looking to purchase through here or another 3rd party way just post here or PM me the ESN and I can check to see if its lost stolen etc for you.

    No cost more so just a convenience for you guys


    KOLIO, ballisticn8, Gskellig and 6 others like this.

    WV_ANDROID Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2010
    Mining industry
    West Virginia
    This can help people from getting a phone with a bad esn awsome.
  3. IMnobody

    IMnobody Member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Forced Retired
    Off the Grid - S. FL.
    This would be a big help those who suspect a phone with a bad ESN. But, will it be accurate, if your supplied with a ESN / MEID, from a Sprint phone?

    The politics of the phone carriers not withstanding, It's my understanding that one, or, the other carrier, will not allow, the other carriers phones/numbers, usage on their system (Sptint or Verizon, will not grant, or, accept phones of the other carrier).
    Part of this is the GSM /CDMA differences of the phone, the rest is just political bad blood.

    Most GSM phones can move to IE Cricket and others, simply by changing SIM cards.

    But, also from what I've heard, a BAD ESN, is not necessarily a death sentence for a phone.
    Most CDMA phones with a good or, bad ESN, can be Flashed, to a lesser carrier, set up as a PrePay phone (offering a good deal of savings to consumers), through carriers like Virgin, Boost Mobile (Sprint), or, MetroPCS (Verizon). Charges for flashing, will vary in price, availability in geographic areas, and, may affect the usability feature of a given phone once it's been done (So, check these services out, carefully first).
    This can even be done online, with the phone tethered to the computer, and allowing remote access.

    Hope this helps clear the air a little.

  4. Notluk

    Notluk Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    Northeast OH
    I really appreciate you checking ESN's for us, it's a service I might use in the future. :D

    I was wondering though, I've heard that sometimes a phone's ESN can be bad because the person didn't pay the bill on their account. If that's so and the phone was never actually lost/stolen, if you bought one of those phones is there a way to pay off the final bill and have it clean again? Just curious.
  5. ironman187

    ironman187 Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2011
    In your head.
    I know Verizon will activate any carriers phone on their network, or at least that was the case about a year ago, it's kinda an underwritten policy. Anyway, this is a great service to extend to people for free, however, one can just call the carrier and ask them if the Mied/ESN is clean.

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