Solved

What is a clean ESN vs. a bad ESN?

Posted on 2013-06-23
2
581 Views
Last Modified: 2013-06-24
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?
0
Comment
Question by:nickg5
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 
LVL 38

Accepted Solution

by:
lherrou earned 250 total points
ID: 39271301
Nickg5,

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.

Cheers,
LHerrou

p.s. if the reason is #3, they could be re-instated, but that's the least common reason for bad ESN
0
 
LVL 25

Author Closing Comment

by:nickg5
ID: 39271326
thanks
0

Featured Post

Enroll in May's Course of the Month

May’s Course of the Month is now available! Experts Exchange’s Premium Members and Team Accounts have access to a complimentary course each month as part of their membership—an extra way to increase training and boost professional development.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Want to know why your HTC Droid DNA keeps turning on and off, or why it doesn’t seem to charge at all? This guide walks you through a laundry list of items to check to make sure you get the most out of your HTC Droid DNA.  Phone Will Not Turn On …
Lithium-ion batteries area cornerstone of today's portable electronic devices, and even though they are relied upon heavily, their chemistry and origin are not of common knowledge. This article is about a device on which every smartphone, laptop, an…
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …

739 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question