BAD ESN question

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  1. roach

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    [TD="class: dtl dtlsp"][h=3]I have a droid razr maxx_hd but it blacked out,what I need to no if I buy a phone with a bad esn can I put my sim card in it.[/h]Will it work.
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  2. leeshor

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    You could put your SIM in it but it would be unlikely to do anything so no real help. The SIM needs to activate with the ESN.
     
  3. roach

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    I thought if a person takes his sim card and puts in another phone it would be ok,like I put the sim card in my wifes phone it's the same as mine and it worked.I figure if it worked in hers it would work in another phone.
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    If you put your sim card into a new phone or a phone with a good esn, yes the phone will start up with your account information. A bad esn means than Verizon thinks the phone is lost or stolen and added the esn to a list that will keep the phone from activating/working.
     
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    And just to add to what Mike said, Verizon probably won't activate it for you either whether you bring in the phone to a corporate store or call them as it's on the "bad esn" list.
     
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    Buying a phone with a bad esn is no good.......the phone was most likely stolen.....I would stay away from it....

    sent from my hot Note 3
     
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    Thanks,I remember watching a video on youtube this guy took his sim card out and stuck it in a phone with either a locked phone or a bad esn I forgot.
     
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    You're thinking about unlocked GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile) phones. Your only hope is if the RAZR is a 'world' phone and includes a GSM radio. If it does and the GSM part is unlocked then you should be able to put a SIM card from a GSM carrier and use the phone.
     
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