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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Brianboy12, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. Brianboy12

    Brianboy12 Lurker
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    I bought a used ZTE Warp N860 on Ebay. Claimed clean ESN. But, I now find out it has been flashed with an ESN for another carrier (I presume). I called Boost and they say the original ESN is still GOOD / Clean, but how do I get the original ESN back on the phone? Boost says they won't do it. I don't know why they wouldn't do it .. it's the ESN that should be on the phone. Any advice? Too much time has passed to go back to Ebay. It was supposed to be a back-up phone in case the one I use fails / lost.
     



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  2. LilBit

    LilBit Extreme Android User

  3. Skinnyjeans21

    Skinnyjeans21 Android Expert

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  4. smartmanvartan

    smartmanvartan Android Expert

    No the update tool does not work for that unfortunately but I wonder... the esn that was flashed over, is it clean? Doesnt boost accept phones from other carriers? Couldn't you use the esn curently on your phone?
     
  5. LilBit

    LilBit Extreme Android User

    He said he thinks it was flashed to another carrier, prolly Sprint. I would call them again and explain the situation, especially if they claim the original esn is good:)
     
  6. Skinnyjeans21

    Skinnyjeans21 Android Expert

    If not then either a refund or dev unit? Or some mini tablet :D
     
  7. smartmanvartan

    smartmanvartan Android Expert

    Well a easy way to confirm this is to check from the settings menu what meid is displayed and if it matches the sticker... if not, try activating the meid displayed in the settings menu...but I'm going on the assumption that boost will accept meids from other carriers...
     
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  8. Brianboy12

    Brianboy12 Lurker
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    The MEID on the phone does not match the MEID on the sticker on the back of the phone. The MEID on the sticker is clean / good according to Boost. The phone was flashed to another MEID and the tech support didn't know who, or wouldn't say. They said it wouldn't work with Boost. What I want is the MEID which is supposed to be on the phone to be flashed back, then Boost says they will activate it. But they will NOT flash it for me.
     
  9. smartmanvartan

    smartmanvartan Android Expert

    I remember hearing that boost would flash any phone as long as it is compatible... that being said, if the meid on your phone is clean they should flash it even if the meid is "incompatible"... unless the meid is used at the moment it sould be fine... now it is a little sketchy because you don't know if the original phone to that esn is still floating around... if so it may get activated at the same time as yours and that is unsettling... I guess since you bought this phone on ebay, you should return it for a full refund and buy another one.. but if you can't, then I would try activating it yourself on the website... I know you want to change the meid back to the original but doing so is nearly impossible without having a backup of the original nv items... and I'm sorry for sounding like a broken record..:p
     
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  10. Brianboy12

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    thanks for you help. I used the MeidConverter I found on the web, and it gave me the correct MEID which was flashed to the phone + the MSL. I then went online with Boostmobile.com. The flashed MEID I had b/4 was one digit shy (17 digits - supposed to be 18) When I put in the new (flashed) MEID on Boost activate site, it showed it was clear and ready to activate! The flashed MEID was on MetroPCS, but I guess Boost will accept it anyway. So, the MEID on the sticker is clean / good and the MEID (flashed) registered in the phone is also clean / good. Problem was when I gave them the flashed MEID initially, it was only 17 digits (thats what showed on the about phone menu) and that's why it wouldn't work. Once I had the correct flashed MEID, it worked.:)
     
  11. smartmanvartan

    smartmanvartan Android Expert

    Glad it all worked out for you! :)
     
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  12. 00ffej

    00ffej Member

    Btw dfs tools can be used to flash the original esn to the phone.
     
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  13. budgreen24

    budgreen24 Member

    DFS is good. :D:) There are others too.
     

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The ZTE Warp (N860) release date was October 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.3" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, Snapdragon S2 processor, and 1600mAh battery.

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