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    Can I manually change my phones(ESN)?

    Can you swap phone on an account with out calling a rep or doing it online, maybe just go in and reprogram the phone?

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    the easy answer is no, the esn is locked to the phone. if i am not mistaken there is away, but it's illegal.

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    If you do the *228 while holding the phone underwater it will probably erase the ESN.

    Try it out, let us know how it goes....

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    If you hold a gun to your head, while pulling the trigger, you might be able to see the *** hole in yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewelebeanie
    the easy answer is no, the esn is locked to the phone. if i am not mistaken there is away, but it's illegal.

    Thanks! I figured there wouldnt be a way, but thought I would ask first.

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    Go back to phonescoop noob

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    Why don't you want to call in or use the online ESN tool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maynard2880
    Why don't you want to call in or use the online ESN tool?
    Clarification: You can change the ESN associated with your phone number in the VZW system (using the online tool, calling CS, whatever), but you can't change the ESN in the phone itself (not legally, anyway).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vatothe0
    If you do the *228 while holding the phone underwater it will probably erase the ESN.

    Try it out, let us know how it goes....
    even though the OP is asking for help with something that is probably illegal, posts like that don't help the situation any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlesH
    Clarification: You can change the ESN associated with your phone number in the VZW system (using the online tool, calling CS, whatever), but you can't change the ESN in the phone itself (not legally, anyway).

    The phone is on a corporate account, and they wont change it with out the "apporved point of contact." The point of contact is away for the holidays, and I wanted it done sooner.

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    sorry, you are just out of luck,

    can we assume you got a new phone that you would rather use..

    or are you up to something 'no good'
    TheMopedwhiz aka TheeWizard, a member of the Verizon Wireless Customer Council


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    New phone I rather use

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    Yeah, I wouldn't do it even if you find out how. Forget legality -- as a practical matter you could have your phones blacklisted. Probably varies regionally, but back in the old days of AMPS providers, some specifically looked for multiple copies of the same ESN ("cloning"), and would then blacklist it. Of course, now, VZW is a conglomerate made of a bunch of these old AMPS providers, so I'd guess some still have anti-cloning in place and some don't. Anyway, if you do manage to copy ESN, you could acidentally turn on both phones and both would then be disabled. Plus some VZW security department would probably start going over things at that point .

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