Can You Fix the ESN or IMEI of Sprint iPhone with Unpaid Bills?

(Last Updated On: May 22, 2020)

If you accidentally bought a used Sprint iPhone with unpaid bills, can you change the status from unpaid bills to clean?

The best thing about buying a used device is getting a good price of it. However, it has a lot of drawbacks because potentially the device may be blocked by its network or blacklisted on all US network.

Here are some of the reasons why they get blocked:

  • Unpaid bills or Financed
  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Reported missing
  • Insurance claims
  • Fraud

Also Read: How to Remove the Contract or Unpaid Bills Status of AT&T iPhone?

On Sprint’s database, once a device has been blocked, it will show the status like the following:


SPCS is short for Sprint Personal Communications Service.

What else can you do with a device that’s blocked or blacklisted on the network? Well, here are some possible options:

  • Unlock the device
  • Sell the device

If you choose to unlock the device, as long as it’s not blocked on other network, you can use it on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile (USA network). However, if it’s blocked on all network, you can still unlock it but you may not be able to use it in USA.

That’s still not the end though, because there are options for you to fix the ESN/IMEI of Sprint remotely.

Fixing the ESN/IMEI remotely would mean “cleaning” it on the network. Once it has been cleaned, other carriers will update their databases as well which makes it possible for you to use on all network for as long as the device is unlocked as mentioned earlier.

If you wish to consider cleaning it, please refer to this service here [Clean/Clear Sprint iPhone, iPad or Android with Bad ESN (MEID)].

Once the phone is cleaned or removed from blacklist, the process to unlock an unpaid phone Sprint can begin.

All services only require the unique 15-digit IMEI of the device which can be founder under Settings > General > About.

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