How to clear a Phone's bad ESN?

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    Hi! So here is the story.
    A good friend of mine sold me his Droid x for 80 bucks. I was supposed ot give him the money the next day, but when I went to activate the phone that night, it said the ESN was already activated.
    SO I call him up and he says that Verizon did screw him over supposedly and he owes over a 1000 dollars.
    I'm not paying him until I can activate it.
    Well, I am hanging onto it since he went to TMobile.
    Well, I thought I had seen that I can give him another phone so he can place it up under the account in which he owes money, thus clearing the ESN of the Droid X so I can pay him and I can use it!
    SO I come to you all, asking if this is possible or if you've heard of anything like thiis!
    THANKS :)
     
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    Nope. Only way to use that as a cell phone is to flash it over to Cricket.

    MIUI
     
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    Or you can pay what he owes Verizon. Sounds like your friend knew exactly what he was doing. He ran up a huge amount of charges with Verizon, and he skipped over to T-Mobile instead of paying what he owes.
     
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    Yes I'm sure Verizon singled him out to "screw over"....tell your friend to pay his bill, or as mentioned you'll have to flash it over to another carrier
     
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    Flash to another carrier, pay his bill or use as a wifi device.

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    your friend sounds like a douche. Also sounds like he tried to pull a fast one on you, after he did so to VZW.
     
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    Everyone here is right. I had a similar thing happen to me a few weeks ago. Called verizon and talked to a friend that works there. Nothing you can do besides whats mentioned above. I know it sucks but **** happens. Just make sure you check the ESN before you get it. I bought an X a few weeks ago and had the guy send me the ESN so i could check it before i even met him to buy the phone.
     
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    If you need a phone, give him his back and get yourself a clean one from ebay or craigslist. There's no point in screwing around with this...

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