The worst thing about buying iPhone/iPad/Android device off eBay or Craigslist is finding out that it has bad ESN or MEID, which literally makes it a paperweight. Thankfully, there’s a way to fix this.
If you’ve read my tips on how to buy a used iPhone a few weeks ago, you wouldn’t have this problem. Unfortunately, not everyone can be lucky all the time.
iPhone or iPad (and Android phones) selling at extremely low prices on eBay or Craigslist usually has this problem.
The ESN or MEID is “bad” or technically described as “blacklisted” by mobile service providers. This happens if the device is reported missing, stolen or the original account holder has past due balances.
You can do a quick check of its status on Verizon’s website. The check can be done for free and gives an instant result. Open the link below:
If it’s blacklisted or has a bad ESN, you will get the result as ‘please contact customer service‘.
You won’t be able to activate a device with this problem. Thankfully, we can help clear and clean any Verizon devices with bad ESN. That includes iPhone, Samsung, LG and any Verizon device.
The service doesn’t need you to ship your device, we only need the ESN, MEID or IMEI. Normal turnaround time is between 1 to 7 work days.
Here’s a sample from hundreds of devices which have been cleared of blacklist:
If for any reason it can be done, rest assured that you will be refunded in full. Since you’ll be paying via PayPal, you’ll have 100% peace of mind for your purchase.
Once that’s done, you can activate the device normally and able to use it again. You can verify it yourself using the same link given above. This gives you the assurance that your device has been cleaned/cleared.
If you have a clean ESN, it also allows you to officially unlock your Verizon iPhone.
This website also has a free tool to check whether your device has a good or bad ESN.