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Discussion in 'Archived Threads' started by mcbtrain929, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. mcbtrain929

    mcbtrain929 Android Expert
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    So, whether it be on here or craigslist or ebay, how do i/can i assure that the phone is good and doesn't have a bad ESN? i'd hate to meet up with someone, give them cash, only to find out the phone is a dud. could i call a phone carrier and give them a serial number or something of the phone and they can check if its good or something?

    For those sellers out there, I'm in the market for a used G2X or a used Galaxy S 4G for TMobile for my girlfriend at a decent price.

    Thanks in advance!!

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  2. 10splaya22

    10splaya22 Android Enthusiast

    Im fairly sure that T-Mobile phones don't have ESN's they have IMEI's. I don't know if they can be blacklisted like ESN's for Verizon and Sprint can but as long as you have a SIM card, put it in and see if you can make calls before you buy it.
  3. houseofgrafx

    houseofgrafx Well-Known Member

    If I were you id buy on ebay for the protection. Currently, I am out of $135 from buying on this site. At least on ebay if you have an issue you're pretty much covered. Just my .02 cents.
  4. 2manyPHONES

    2manyPHONES Android Expert

    If the phone was reported stolen and the carrier had the imei on file they red flag it well atleast that's what att does. Cousin found this out when she bought a used phone i think off craigslist.

    OP: My brother has tmobile ill see if he has any of his phones I thought he had a g2x but he might of gave it to his girlfriend.
  5. Lunacy

    Lunacy Member

    Try Swappa.com

    WV_ANDROID Android Enthusiast

    I have used swappa a bunch and its a great place and i have also used these forums alot i would reccomend either place but it wouldnt hurt to check the phones meid for buying.
  7. rui-no-onna

    rui-no-onna Android Enthusiast

    You still interested in a Galaxy S 4G? I have one I bought on ebay which I had intended to use with T-Mobile's new Monthly 4G $30 100 Talk/Unli Txt/Unli Web plan. Unfortunately, T-Mo signal is really bad in my office (only get 2G/EDGE).

    Selling for $250 shipped OBO. Will be posting a thread later when I get home after I take pictures.

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