What its an ESN?

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  1. GuTs11

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    I'm buying a phone and I would like to know what an esn is.
     
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    It's the phone's unique serial number (I think?)
     
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    Electronic Serial Number. You're right Anonymouse.
     
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    ESN = electronic serial number. Its a number given to every phone and no two are the same, this helps identify the phone and if the phone is ever stolen/lost, the ESN can be blocked for that particular phone so it cant be activated again.
     
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    how can this b block to activate a phone? i thought it wasnt possible.
     
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    Your carrier won't activate your phone if the serial number has been reported as lost/stolen etc.
     
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    correct, once you report it lost or stolen your carrier will disable that ESN and the phone can not be activated unless the original owner reactivates it.
     
  8. GuTs11

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    What is a bad esn
     
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    See above.

    Also, check this out:

    Google
     
  10. MrSpeed3

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    So once its found will we b charged for the phone or how does that work after its found.

    Sent from my Liquid Frozen Yogurt DROID!
     
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    if it's find by the original owner, i guess they would reactivate it, provided you bring it in and prove your the owner. Doubt they'd reactivate a blacklisted esn over the phone or online.
     
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    So can it b block or no?

    Sent From My ShadowRom DROID!
     
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