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  1. #1
    p lane
    Guest
    I was looking over some phones on Ebay, and in the description of a
    phone, of a seller with very good feedback had the following statement:

    "I reported this phone lost to sprint, replaced it with an upgrade, and
    then found it. The ESN on this phone must be reset in order to activate
    with Sprint."

    I emailed asking what "reset" meant, and got the following reply

    "Dear Bidder,
    Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    list, and then it is ready to activate."

    As I mentioned above since the seller has good feedback, this leaves me
    to believe he has know experience with doing this, but I have not seen
    anything of this nature on the forum.

    It was a older phone, and I really have no interest in bidding on this
    particular phone, but was wondering if anyone could verify or ridicule
    the scenario. Doesn't sound right to me???

    [posted via phonescoop.com]



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  2. #2
    3G Geek
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset

    From my past experience and knowledge this is completely false. He
    probably has ERP on his phone, reported it lost so he can get another
    for $35 and now wants to sell this one. You will not be able to use
    this phone.

    [email protected] (p lane) wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > I was looking over some phones on Ebay, and in the description of a
    > phone, of a seller with very good feedback had the following statement:
    >
    > "I reported this phone lost to sprint, replaced it with an upgrade, and
    > then found it. The ESN on this phone must be reset in order to activate
    > with Sprint."
    >
    > I emailed asking what "reset" meant, and got the following reply
    >
    > "Dear Bidder,
    > Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    > short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    > list, and then it is ready to activate."
    >
    > As I mentioned above since the seller has good feedback, this leaves me
    > to believe he has know experience with doing this, but I have not seen
    > anything of this nature on the forum.
    >
    > It was a older phone, and I really have no interest in bidding on this
    > particular phone, but was wondering if anyone could verify or ridicule
    > the scenario. Doesn't sound right to me???
    >
    > [posted via phonescoop.com]


    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  3. #3
    CAT0NHAT
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset

    Ask them to tell you the ESN, and then check with Sprint.



  4. #4
    Roy N.
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset

    I don't know this for sure, but this seems to be a total load of B.S. If
    this were true, then it would be open season on cell phone theft. Just steal
    a phone, wait out the 'short waiting period' then post the phone on eBay. If
    this scenario were possible, there would be no point to dis-incentive to
    steal phones.

    To me, this does not compute.

    "p lane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]

    > "Dear Bidder,
    > Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    > short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    > list, and then it is ready to activate."
    >







  5. #5
    mcg
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset

    "p lane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I was looking over some phones on Ebay, and in the description of a
    > phone, of a seller with very good feedback had the following statement:
    >
    > "I reported this phone lost to sprint, replaced it with an upgrade, and
    > then found it. The ESN on this phone must be reset in order to activate
    > with Sprint."
    >
    > I emailed asking what "reset" meant, and got the following reply
    >
    > "Dear Bidder,
    > Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    > short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    > list, and then it is ready to activate."
    >
    > As I mentioned above since the seller has good feedback, this leaves me
    > to believe he has know experience with doing this, but I have not seen
    > anything of this nature on the forum.
    >
    > It was a older phone, and I really have no interest in bidding on this
    > particular phone, but was wondering if anyone could verify or ridicule
    > the scenario. Doesn't sound right to me???
    > [posted via phonescoop.com]


    Boy, I HOPE that's not true. I had a phone stolen a few weeks ago so I
    reported it to Sprint and I ended up buying a replacement. I'd hope that if
    someone tried to activate a phone that was reported stolen then purchased on
    eBay, Sprint would either refuse or at least contact the original owner to
    confirm that it was found.





  6. #6
    p lane
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset

    I and others had questions on this subject some weeks ago;' I would hope
    that a stolen phone would never be able to used; but there apparently
    is some process whereby a "lost" phone can be brought back on line; I
    assumed only by the previous legitimate owner. Some of the sprint
    people had offered some opinions but it left me unclear as to exactly
    what the policy was.
    One of them seem to suggest that after a certain length of time, they
    could be re activated without the original owner being involved. The
    distinction would be that the phone was not stolen,.

    Probably I just need to call c/s and ask.


    "mcg" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <3f8ac748[email protected]>:
    > "p lane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > I was looking over some phones on Ebay, and in the description of a
    > > phone, of a seller with very good feedback had the following statement:
    > >
    > > "I reported this phone lost to sprint, replaced it with an upgrade, and
    > > then found it. The ESN on this phone must be reset in order to activate
    > > with Sprint."
    > >
    > > I emailed asking what "reset" meant, and got the following reply
    > >
    > > "Dear Bidder,
    > > Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    > > short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    > > list, and then it is ready to activate."
    > >
    > > As I mentioned above since the seller has good feedback, this leaves me
    > > to believe he has know experience with doing this, but I have not seen
    > > anything of this nature on the forum.
    > >
    > > It was a older phone, and I really have no interest in bidding on this
    > > particular phone, but was wondering if anyone could verify or ridicule
    > > the scenario. Doesn't sound right to me???
    > > [posted via phonescoop.com]

    >
    > Boy, I HOPE that's not true. I had a phone stolen a few weeks ago so I
    > reported it to Sprint and I ended up buying a replacement. I'd hope that if
    > someone tried to activate a phone that was reported stolen then purchased on
    > eBay, Sprint would either refuse or at least contact the original owner to
    > confirm that it was found.
    >
    >


    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  7. #7
    J Dawg
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset

    i can speak for sprint. but with other carriers it is the original owner
    of the phone. ie the one who reported it lost/stolen who must have the
    esn cleared.

    [email protected] (p lane) wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > I was looking over some phones on Ebay, and in the description of a
    > phone, of a seller with very good feedback had the following statement:
    >
    > "I reported this phone lost to sprint, replaced it with an upgrade, and
    > then found it. The ESN on this phone must be reset in order to activate
    > with Sprint."
    >
    > I emailed asking what "reset" meant, and got the following reply
    >
    > "Dear Bidder,
    > Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    > short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    > list, and then it is ready to activate."
    >
    > As I mentioned above since the seller has good feedback, this leaves me
    > to believe he has know experience with doing this, but I have not seen
    > anything of this nature on the forum.
    >
    > It was a older phone, and I really have no interest in bidding on this
    > particular phone, but was wondering if anyone could verify or ridicule
    > the scenario. Doesn't sound right to me???
    >
    > [posted via phonescoop.com]


    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  8. #8
    Isaiah Beard
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset

    p lane wrote:

    > I was looking over some phones on Ebay, and in the description of a
    > phone, of a seller with very good feedback had the following statement:
    >
    > "I reported this phone lost to sprint, replaced it with an upgrade, and
    > then found it. The ESN on this phone must be reset in order to activate
    > with Sprint."


    > I emailed asking what "reset" meant, and got the following reply
    >
    > "Dear Bidder,
    > Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    > short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    > list, and then it is ready to activate."


    Hehehe... no, it's not that easy at all. A random eBay bidder can't
    just waltz into a Sprint store and have a lost phone reactivated.
    Sprint has no way of determining that you actually did get the phone
    legitimately, or that the seller did.

    If this truly was a legit phone, then the SELLER would go to a Sprint
    store, and say "gee whiz, I found my phone! Can you remove it from the
    blacklist?" and then after presenting his photo ID and verifying that it
    is he, the owner of the phone, requesting this, they would unblock it
    after a few days waiting period. And then he wouldn't have to place his
    little blurb about it being a blacklisted phone on the auction page, and
    the winning bidder could activate this phone and never be the wiser.

    If he's unwilling to do this, then either a. the phone was never
    legitimately his to begin with, or b. he had his phone replaced through
    the equipment replacement program and realizes that this "found" phone
    is actually now the property of the insurance company who replaced his
    phone.


    > As I mentioned above since the seller has good feedback, this leaves me
    > to believe he has know experience with doing this, but I have not seen
    > anything of this nature on the forum.


    Regardless of feedback, I would be wary. It's similar to shopping for a
    used car and the seller says something like "this car was reported
    stolen and I bought a new one, but then one day I found it again
    alongside the road! All you have to do is take this car to the police
    department and tell them it's not stolen anymore, and you're all set!"
    Do you honestly think the cops would believe your story? Probably not,
    so neither should you believe *his* story.



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    Transpose the c's and a's in my e-mail address to reply.




  9. #9
    Hopper
    Guest

    Re: Activating a reportedly lost Handset


    "p lane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]

    > "Dear Bidder,
    > Just tell them you bought the phone off of ebay. There is a
    > short waiting period where they free the esn from the lost
    > list, and then it is ready to activate."


    Many years ago, in driver education courses (given my driving record you'd
    think I never took such things) the instructor offered a saying regarding
    headlight use. "If you wonder, 'Should I be using my headlights?' then you
    probably should."

    Here's my comments on your eBay situation: If you wonder, "Is there
    something suspect about this transaction? Am I buying something which will
    cause me grief?" then it probably will and you ought to avoid such a
    transaction.

    Hopper





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