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 won’t be able to activate a device with this problem. Thankfully, we can help clear and clean any Verizon devices with bad ESN.
Once that’s done, you can activate the device normally and able to use it again. If you have a clean ESN, it also allows you to officially unlock your Verizon iPhone.
This website has a free tool to check whether your device has a good or bad ESN.