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

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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 network.

Here are some of the reasons why they get blocked:

  • Unpaid bills
  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Reported missing
  • Insurance claims

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

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IMEI: 3591680xxxxx857 Model: IPHONE 7 BLACK 128GB SGL Manufacturer: APPLE, INC BLACKLIST STATUS: LOST OR STOLEN SPCS: NO

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)].

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