How do bad esn's work?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Psj77, May 30, 2011.

  1. Psj77

    Psj77 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2011
    Messages:
    118
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0
    If I was to buy a phone off of ebay with a bad esn, would it always have a bad esn or would that eventually go away?
     
  2. guidot

    guidot Developer Relations
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Messages:
    7,347
    Likes Received:
    274
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Ratings:
    +274
    No it is always bad.

    Unless you get someone in Verizon willing and able to take it off the list, it is a phone that is considered lost/stolen/broken.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
  3. Backnblack

    Backnblack Premium Member
    Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2009
    Messages:
    11,261
    Likes Received:
    24
    Trophy Points:
    453
    Ratings:
    +24
    Current Phone Model:
    iPhone 7+ 256gb
    Bad ESN's are never (99.999%) able to be activated.
     
  4. dark juggalo

    dark juggalo Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2011
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    WNC
    Ratings:
    +0
  5. garrett

    garrett Silver Member
    Theme Developer Developer

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    2,017
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Location:
    In a van by the River......
    Ratings:
    +5

    this is all there good for... as a phone with a bad ESN can never be activated.
     
  6. kodiak799

    kodiak799 Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2010
    Messages:
    5,857
    Likes Received:
    701
    Trophy Points:
    258
    Ratings:
    +859
    Wait for it...
     
  7. Trenton

    Trenton Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Messages:
    106
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0
    So I bought a droid x on Craigslist back in November... I decided to activate it before I gave the guy my money....1st call to Verizon, they said "sorry this phone is activated on another line bla bla bla" I was pretty sure it was stolen or something after that...2nd call " where'd you get this phone from?" Me: " I bought it from a friend" she hung up on me and the phone was activated with my number.....

    Just thought i would share... i don't know for a fact it had a bad esn but....seems like the Verizon rep did me a a solid since she thought I bought the phone from someone..
     
  8. Vulcan1600

    Vulcan1600 Super Moderator
    Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2009
    Messages:
    5,843
    Likes Received:
    279
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Ratings:
    +289
    I don't quite understand your last paragraph at all. From sitting in the call center a few years ago for VZW I can tell you if the ESN is bad, it cannot be activated. So, apparently the second call you made the person made good on a payment is my guess sometime between the first and second calls.

    If an ESN is bad, and suddenly it is able to activate again, the circumstance I can think of most is the person didn't pay the bill and their phone was put on the bad ESN list. If, suddenly a phone is able to be activated again, that person was sent to a collections agency and they paid the bill.
     
  9. CD95YJ

    CD95YJ Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2010
    Messages:
    868
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Colorado, USA
    Ratings:
    +1
    A phone can have a bad esn because of an unpaid outstanding ballance on the original account as well. If your willing to pay off someone else's bill for a phone that's always an option too.

    Sent from my DROIDX using DroidForums
     
Search tags for this page
can you get a phone with bad esn to work
,
do phones with bad esn work
,

does bad esn ever go away

,
how does esn work
,

how to get a phone with a bad esn to work

,
how to get a phone with bad esn to work
,
how to make a bad esn phone work
,
how to make a phone with bad esn work
,

phone with bad esn can it be activated

,
will a phone work with a bad esn