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What is a clean ESN vs. a bad ESN?

My phone died and i want one just like it.
On Ebay I see them described three ways.
A. clean or clear ESN.
B. bad ESN.
C. no mention of ESN.

B. is to be avoided I guess.
C. is the phone I want due to condition. The seller may not know about ESN and unable to tell me if it is clear or not, it depends on what clear means.
My phone and those for sale are all Verizon phones. I assume Verizon can de-activate my old one and activate the new one, so where does ESN come into the picture?
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A bad ESN means that the ESN (Electronic Serial Number) has been black-listed by the carrier and isn't eligible for activation for one of the following reasons:

1. The subscriber didn't pay their bills and service was terminated
2. The subscriber switched carriers and didn't pay their termination fee
3. The subscriber stopped using the phone service without officially terminating their service contract with the carrier
4. The phone was reported lost or stolen to the carrier

I would only get a phone with a clean ESN, if the seller doesn't mention it, you can ask, but if you don't have a clean ESN, it's going to be worthless to you.


p.s. if the reason is #3, they could be re-instated, but that's the least common reason for bad ESN
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