Help Want to sell my do I clear ESN??

OK so I lost my job and this phone is the first thing to go. My wife and I both have Dinc2's and we can't afford a $200 a month bill anymore. So we want to sell these phones and cancel our contracts. I do understand there is a $350 fee per phone, but the phones should sell for that much on eBay.

Here is my question. I was always with AT&T and you could just take out your SIM and sell the phone and pay your cancellation fees when you got your final bill. But Verizon uses the ESN I believe to attach phones to contracts. Does this mean I have to pay all of my cancellation fees and everything BEFORE I can sell the phone?? If so that sucks because I need the money from selling the phones to pay the cancellation fee...


Android Expert
Verizon has to release the ESN. Verizon does this automatically once you cancel your service. I believe you don't have a choice but pay the ETF fee before the ESN gets cleared.


Android Enthusiast
You can cancel service with them. Once you are canceled, you will be billed the ETFs. Your ESNs will be clear. The only time your ESNs aren't clear is when you just don't pay your bill and get shut off our if you report the phone lost or stolen.

Post an ad on Craigslist. See if anyone wants to take over your lines. It's called Assumption of Liability. People do it all the time.

Or just sell them outright for $250 each.


Can I?
I am subscribed with verizon
I am due for upgrade,special price new, w/2year conntract
Can I buy new iPhone thru mail,never activate iPhone
Cancel service,and sell new iPhone with clear esn?
Or if not,can phone still be used by someone? Would it be worth less?
I currently have Galaxy s smartphone w/verizon

Then on second line that's not smartphone,upgrade thru mail to iPhone
And sell that one with clear esn as well?

I know I will be charged 350 early termination fee plus cost of phones per line,but heading into a bankruptcy and can really use the money from the sales to pay for the bankruptcy lawyer.
I know this is Not Morally a good thing to do,but things have been sooo bad for me lately.

Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated ..................