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    yakov92
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    I purchased a nokia 6016i on ebay 6 months ago without checking the esn # (i know , dumb move) . i just called Sprint to activate it, and the esn is not valid. is there anything i can do to make the phone work or do i have an expensive paperweight ? thanks


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    Do you know why it's invalid? If the phone is branded for a different carrier, then you'll never be able to use it. If it's a Sprint phone, the previous owner probably hasn't paid their bill, and if they ever decide to do so, then you could use the phone. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to make it work for you, and if you can't return it, you're stuck with a paperweight.

    In the future, you can request the ESN from the ebay seller and check with Sprint before you make the purchase. Sorry that doesn't help with this situation, but don't let it dissuade you from using ebay to buy another phone, you can get a good deal if you shop around, and feedback is of course very important to read.



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    I may be able to help if you give me the ESN #. Past due balances can be resolved in some instances.



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    the esn# is ***********
    thank you
    Last edited by Brad729; 03-16-2006 at 02:41 PM. Reason: blanking out the ESNs



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    cellaris, how can they be resolved?
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    I have a bad ESN as well

    I have a bad ESN as well. Bought the phone from a prepaid company and I can use it on the network by buying their service. I'm guessing there is a small unpaid balance. Can you help out ESN ***********
    Last edited by Brad729; 03-16-2006 at 02:41 PM. Reason: blanking out the ESNs



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    Bad idea to post ESN's in public places. Bad things can happen! If you need to get an ESN to somebody, use a PM, and even then be careful.



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    Quote Originally Posted by roberts1953
    Bad idea to post ESN's in public places. Bad things can happen! If you need to get an ESN to somebody, use a PM, and even then be careful.
    I removed all ESN numbers from this post. Take roberts' advice and protect that ESN number! Ever heard of a cloned phone? If someone knows how to do it, they can steal your service and use your minutes.



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    Sorry, I should have made it clear in my previous post that I was expecting a pm with your ESN. That's why i never responded, I never received any pms! But, yes, roberts1953 & brad729 are both correct about posting your ESN publicly, cloning is possible but not likely.

    To answer your question Renee, we are an authorized retailer for Sprint PCS. We can in some instances get an ESN cleared in order to get a customer to stay with or join Sprint. Sprint PCS has no problem clearing an ESN hold worth $100 if they are getting a new 2 year contract. Also, being the #1 retailer for Sprint in Columbus, Ga we can sometimes get an ESN cleared as a favor. Not often but it doesn't hurt us to try.



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    Re: Bad esn #

    I was given a used treo 600 by a friend who upgraded their phone. However, they must have replaced the battery and the ESN number is not there anymore. I know there is a way to get the ESN number on the phone to get it reactivated, but I can't figure it out.

    Can anybody shed some light on this for me?

    Thanks!



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