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I just bought a Droid for $200. What do I do?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Squishy Crayons, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Squishy Crayons

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    Somebody offered me a Droid for $200 but I realized it doesn't take SIM cards and I'm not with Verizon.

    Is $200 a good deal? Cuz now I'm trying to sell it.

    He said the phone' ESN may be linked to another account so how do I clear it and sell it?
     

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  2. trav473

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    sounds like your out 200 bucks to me, sorry
     
  3. Squishy Crayons

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    how can I be out $200? I mean the phone is pretty much brand new in the box.

    Are you saying that the Droid is just an expensive paperweight after its been activated (except for the guy who activated it)?
     
  4. The_Chief

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    Not a very good deal if the ESN is reported stolen...
     
  5. messenger13

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    I'll give ya $10 for it. :)
     
  6. AndroidFantic

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    Ill give you $50 - $90 because of the esn. and silly the motorola droid is a flagship phone what would make you think that they have sim card it cant surf the bweb and talk on the phone like Att Shite phones lol
     
  7. potatolover1102

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    Ya sadly I think you got taken lol.
     
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  9. potatolover1102

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    Who truly cares about that anyway and you also should realize that that ONLY works in 3G areas which good luck with AT&T. That is way over rated and I have never missed it and since it is ONLY on 3G it seems pretty rare you can even do it.
     
  10. chippy

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    Well you should be sure that's its not on the lost stolen list, if it is then it can't be activated.
     
  11. jr313

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    yeah you just lost 200 dollas...all you can do is call verizon and check with them about the esn to see if its clean or not...
     
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  12. xmr405o

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    Sounds fishy? There's no way to clear that if it's on the lost and/or stolen list. Now, if the account was just in bad standing then that's a different story.
     
  13. Fadelight

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    If you bought it from someone and he told you it MAY be linked to another account, that means it DEFINITELY isn't his phone. Since he doesn't know if it is activated on another number or not, I would say chances are about 90% that it is stolen.

    Sounds like you are out $200. Sorry.
     
  14. Squishy Crayons

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    gaiz, gaiz why do you all assume its a bad ESN? Can't it be a good ESN?

    Here's a good sign:

    I went into the Phone Info and checked Status. The phone number is exactly the same as the phone number of the guy who sold it to me (he also has a Droid). The only thing different is the last digit.

    Can it be possible he bought two Droids and just sold one of them? If this is the case what are the steps required to activate the phone for someone else?

    I'm assuming you just take it to a Verizon store and ask to have your account transferred over to the Droid.
     
  15. potatolover1102

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    No, because if he bought a second at the full price of 559 there in no way in you know where he gave it to you for 200. Also if he opened another line to get it and then like canceled or something that is still a steep price to pay since it would be 200 plus ETF of 175 or 350 depending on his activation date so I'm sorry no one is that nice lol.
     
  16. cookiemonster79

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    First I would say call Verizon and see if it is stolen, but be clear -- you may have to turn it in and you are out of luck. Maybe just put a sob story on twitter and home someone hooks you up. If your story is legit, and can be proven, maybe someone will help - see giveaways often from various sites.

    Assuming it is not stolen, but for some reason can't be activated, you can still try to sell it as a wifi only device. I know it sounds crazy, but I am sure someone would like it just for wifi at home.

    I don't know that I would pay $200 but if it was a steal (get it) I would consider getting one just to have another Droid to play with at home.
     
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  17. xmr405o

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    Why don't you test your theory and take it to the VZW store have them activate it under your account. If they can, then it's great if they can't then you're out $200. Either way, it looks like to me...that's either a stolen phone or a phone that has an outstanding balance due to early term fee or a past due cell bill. Which makes the ESN bad.
     
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  18. Legacystar

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    Take it into the vz store and have them check it out or call there customer service line. If its reported stolen you are screwed. If the account just has an unpaid bill and its farely low balance you could possible pay the bill and get the ESN cleared.
     
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  19. dougwilson2000

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    I would call Verizon and tell them you were thinking about buying it and wanted to make sure you could activate the phone.
     
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  20. Squishy Crayons

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    SWWEEEEET!! It's clear baby!!

    I followed you advice guys. Thanks for the help.

    I just picked up the phone dialed their number put on my most countryish, rednecksish, hillbilly accent and gave Elizabeth the MEID.

    She comes back in a 5 minutes and tells me it's fine sir. You can take it to a Verizon store and get it actvated.

    Awesome.

    The only thing I have to complain about is the utter silence whle she put me on hold. Verizon really needs to get some hold music as rich as they are

    thx gaiz!!
     
  21. Legacystar

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    Wow man glad to hear it worked out. You got a good deal
     
  22. The_Chief

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  23. potatolover1102

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    Well I was pleasantly mistaken! Awesome for you! I love it when these things work out!
     
  24. xmr405o

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    LIAR!!!! jk. :D

    Anyways, no contract = great deal. That phone is worth $200 with or without a contract.

    Edit: Oh wait, you said you were trying to sell it, right?
     
  25. radikal

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    ooh that is GREAT news, what luck, well hope you enjoy it and post here
     

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