Clean Clear AT&T iPhone or Samsung Mobile with Bad or Blacklisted ESN

(Last Updated On: July 3, 2020)

Do you think your smartphone is blacklisted? Find out how you can clear AT&T iPhone or Samsung with blacklisted ESN here.


The worst thing about buying an iPhone or Samsung 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.

Introduction to AT&T Phone with Bad ESN

If you’ve read my tips on how to buy a used iPhone which I wrote a few years ago, you wouldn’t have this problem.

Unfortunately, by the time you read this, you know that it’s already too late.

Every day, people mistakenly purchased AT&T phones that are blacklisted either online or on the streets.

Fret not, there’s light at the end of the tunnel so please read on.

What is AT&T Phone with Bad ESN?

Samsung devices from AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon 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 blocked for whatever reason.

You won’t be able to activate the device or use it on the original network if it has this problem.

When Did AT&T Start Blocking Bad ESN iPhone?

AT&T started blocking missing or stolen phones from their network in July 2012. This is done by blacklisting the phone’s IMEI.

Technically this is not something new, as it is already being practiced in many European countries, Japan, Australia and some South American countries.

Other US carriers initiated the same restriction, such as Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint may co-operate with the FCC to build a common missing/stolen phone database.

Once an iPhone is reported stolen, it’s good as an iPod touch because you won’t be able to use the iPhone on any network.

We’ve received countless emails from customers asking if there’s a way to unblock their phones because they bought them online (some were quite cheap) and found out they were not able to use them because they were blacklisted by their mobile service providers.

Only the original owner registered to the phone can request to unblock the phone.

Other possible solutions would be swapping the logic board either with us or from another iPhone user from another country or replace the chips which are programmed with different IMEI.

The Fix Available for Bad ESN AT&T Phone

Thankfully, this service by our partner can help clear and clean AT&T Samsung device with bad or blacklisted IMEI/ESN remotely.

This service is also known as AT&T IMEI cleaning, AT&T blacklist removal or AT&T unblacklist service).

All we need is the IMEI or ESN of the Samsung AT&T device. The remote service doesn’t require you to ship the device or do any hardware modification.

The 15-digit IMEI or ESN can be founder Settings > General > About.

Verifying Blacklist Status for AT&T Phone

You can use free tool on to verify the status. Be sure to select AT&T and if it shows failed, that means it’s blacklisted.

After the work is done you can use the same website to verify and it will show status as passed.

Below is an email a few days ago by our client to verify it’s completed. The service may go offline anytime so do take advantage of the service now.


Stop looking as time is running out. You can have access to this exclusive service here.

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 unlock it to be used on other network

What AT&T Phones are Supported?

As long as the device is on AT&T network it should work. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Android or any other phone.

The service is done remotely so no shipping is needed for the blacklist removal.

Get your AT&T iPhone or Android device with bad ESN cleaned here.

Get your Samsung AT&T device with bad ESN cleaned here.

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