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Old 05-09-2009, 01:51 AM
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Phone with a Bad ESN

If i purchase a SPRINT phone with a bad ESN will I be able to activate it on ALLTEL? Do those two companies share an ESN database of some kind? I will really like to get a sprint one with a bad ESN off ebay, as they are relatively inexpensive. Thanks for your help!

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Old 05-09-2009, 01:55 AM
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

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If i purchase a SPRINT phone with a bad ESN will I be able to activate it on ALLTEL? Do those two companies share an ESN database of some kind? If so, I will get a sprint one with a bad ESN off ebay. Thanks for your help!
I'm almost positive that Alltel does not care if the phone is blacklisted by Sprint. Hopefully someone else can confirm .
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:31 AM
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

will alltel care that sprint blacklisted it? no. but good luck trying to get them to add it to their database. most carriers will simply just tell you no.
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

I thought alltel allowed other carriers ESN's on their network. Can someone else confirm this?
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Old 05-09-2009, 11:27 AM
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

i dont know about alltel, however verizon will allow other carriers phones. and verizon bought alltel so id think alltel would adapt to this too...but idk for sure
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

it depends on what made the esn bad. if it's an unpaid bill, maybe. but if it was reported lost or stolen, they won't touch it.
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Old 05-09-2009, 12:25 PM
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

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it depends on what made the esn bad. if it's an unpaid bill, maybe. but if it was reported lost or stolen, they won't touch it.
An unpaid bill won't ever result in your device being blacklisted. The phone is your property it's illegal for them to do that. You have to do something shady to get an ESN blacklisted.
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

Blacklisted ESN = Lost / Stolen Phone ... I would not knowingly purchase a phone with a bad ESN.
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

I wouldn't risk loosing money over a bad esn.
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Old 05-09-2009, 06:25 PM
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Re: Phone with a Bad ESN

Alltel will activate it.

I have a sprint Diamond on alltel right now and it works 100%, flash alltel rom, edit epst, and install Alltel PRI and you will have everything working.

Alltel does not care if it is sprint, Verizon, US Cellular or any other carrier ESN. I have activated all of those carriers phones on Alltel and never with a problem.

So you will be safe. Its a cheap way to get phones to
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