My Cellphone/PDA is about to give up the ghost. Keeps losing its
memory...Alzheimers settling in, like with me, I suspect. My Sprint
plan requires one arm, one leg, and a lifetime contract to get a new
phone. I found a perfect replacement on eBay, except that it has a
"bad ESN" I don't know what that means. The seller says it's ESN is
unclear, probably because the former owner didn't pay his bill. In
order to make the cell phone work, I'd have to know somebody who knows
how to "clear the ESN" or get somebody at Sprint to clear it for me.
No guarantees that I could do that, naturally. I am guessing that the
ESN might be the phone's internal identity or serial number? If
somebody buys a used phone, does that mean they have to know the
seller's pedigree, including their mother's maiden name, their credit
rating, and what their father does for a living?
Thanks so much!
cell phone MUST match company you plan on using it with !!!!!!!!!!
Originally some could be matched to any company but thats no longer the
use e bay phone finder to choose your phone, remember when changing
models sometimes the cost of accessoreies can overwhelm cost of phone,
things like vehicle chargers cases etc.
lastly get one from a seller with good feedback guaranteed activatable.
if someone left a big balance due you probably cant activate it on your
of you contract is over check with other carriers, then visit yours,
tell them i am looking at verizon whats your best deal? i hate long
term contracts and changing phones so i understand the issues.
finally a cheap phone that doesnt work is money completely wasted.
An "Unloacked" phone works on any network. They have these on ebay.
Try asking a freind who is a gadget feak if they have any old phones.
I knew people at my last job with drawers full of them.
A bad ESN means one of two things. Either the phone is from an account with
an unpaid balance that someone has to pay before any provider will activate
it or the phone has been reported stolen and will never be activated unless
you can prove that you are the original owner.
No one can change an ESN. Not even the manufacture. (ESN is the Electronic
I am a little surprised that the seller is honest enough to admit that he is
selling a brick.
Coffee worth staying up for - NY Times
THANK YOU ALL. I think I know now what I needed to know, and what I
Shoot myself. Use a tin can and a string. Become Amish. Learn
I have lots of options.
Seriously...I won't buy that attractive, but very risky phone. Too
risky. I'm too cheap to throw money away.
don't quote me, but...... wrote:
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