verizon wont activate it......noob droid owner here

jay_d

New Member
Joined
Mar 26, 2011
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
i got my droid in the mail today.....decided it was awesome and time to activate it. called verizon gave them the phone code and they said no....its still activated from another user. I guess this means if i cant get the original owner to deactivate it that the meid is dirty and this thing is junk??

ive also heard the activation wont go through if you had a dumbphone (which i do) with no data plan. anyway this could be part of the problem?
 

spaz33g

Rescue Squad
Rescue Squad
Joined
Sep 4, 2010
Messages
6,368
Reaction score
0
Location
orange county, ca
i don't think the data plan thing would contribute although it's not a great idea to have a smart phone without a data plan. have you contacted the seller?
 

vzwtek

Member
Joined
Jul 23, 2010
Messages
210
Reaction score
0
Contact seller, or enjoy living on wifi hotspots.

You could also see if you can activate it online and manually program it to your min and mdn and it will work for voice and text, then you could use wifi for data, no mms though.
 
OP
J

jay_d

New Member
Joined
Mar 26, 2011
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
yeah, i sent them an email, and the meid so that they could call verizon and get it fixed. If they dont i guess im gonna open an item dispute
 

Jordan8

Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2010
Messages
536
Reaction score
0
Location
Kentucky
i don't think the data plan thing would contribute although it's not a great idea to have a smart phone without a data plan. have you contacted the seller?

I don't either, I'm pretty sure Verizon will auto add a data package when you activate a smartphone.

Side thought, if it's still activated on his line... does data/calling & what not work? Lol. Maybe you bought one with a bad ESN #?
 
OP
J

jay_d

New Member
Joined
Mar 26, 2011
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
when you power it up it prompts to activate it, the phone itself is not activated, but verizon seems to think it is.

at least when i was on at&t this kinda thing couldnt happen......dropped calls and crappy service, but not this lol
 

tfotos

Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2011
Messages
78
Reaction score
0
Location
Warner Robins, GA
Just out of curiosity.. was your phone ebayed? I was thinking of getting my wife a used droid 2... guess I'll rethink that option.


Sent from my rooted Fascinate running SC 2.9.2 and Tapatalk.
 
OP
J

jay_d

New Member
Joined
Mar 26, 2011
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
yup it came off ebay. and at this point i wouldnt advise it
 

Jordan8

Member
Joined
Nov 16, 2010
Messages
536
Reaction score
0
Location
Kentucky
yup it came off . and at this point i wouldnt advise it

I would call Verizon & give them the ESN number(found under the battery) & ask them if it's bad or not. A lot of people sell phones on ebay that have bad ESN #'s which is why it's always good to check before you buy.
 

mack19318

Member
Joined
Jun 12, 2010
Messages
298
Reaction score
0
Location
Tampa
Search a forum called xda. Look for how to turn your droid into a cricket service phone. Full data, 3g and way cheaper!

Sent from my Droid using DroidForums App
 
OP
J

jay_d

New Member
Joined
Mar 26, 2011
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
yup cricket doesnt work where i live
 

hookbill

Premium Member
Premium Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2009
Messages
19,376
Reaction score
8
Location
N.E. Ohio
II just answered another person on how safe it is to buy on eBay. If this guy sold you a phone with a bad ESN then eBay or PayPal, if you used it, should be able to right the wrong.

People frequently buy the phone, then find out they can't afford the charges. So when they don't pay their bill the phone gets shut off and people pass their problem on to you. Or it's a stolen phone. Either way your only recourse is via eBay or PayPal.
 

Snow02

Active Member
Joined
Jan 12, 2011
Messages
1,341
Reaction score
9
If it was advertised as having a good esn, submit a fraudulent sale ticket to ebay.
 
OP
J

jay_d

New Member
Joined
Mar 26, 2011
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
i opened an item dispute, so maybe im not stuck with this turd. The real killer here is that its in great shape and everything works awesome on it. I have a buddy that has a droid with a broken screen he said he would give me, so if all else fails it might be a parts phone
 

vzwtek

Member
Joined
Jul 23, 2010
Messages
210
Reaction score
0
just swap the boards, would be alot easier than screen replacement on droid, then you can grab the esn in the programming menu. voila.
 
Top