Can you use an Iphone 4s with bad esn on ST? did a search and didn't yield any results. Also is it possible to use with other gsm carriers if you jailbreak even though it's bad esn? thanks
Since ESN's are only used for CDMA phones, you would not be able to use a CDMA iPhone on Straight Talk regardless of whether the ESN is good or bad. Only GSM iPhones with International Mobile Equipment Identifiers (IMEI) can be used on Straight Talk.
Last edited by efparri; 05-25-2012 at 09:02 AM.
Earl F. Parrish
If you get a CDMA iPhone 4S with a bad ESN it has to have IOS 5.0 or IOS 5.0.1 on it in order to unlock it with a gevey sim so it will use the GSM networks instead of CDMA.
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This may all be moot within 6 months. The 4carriers are banding together to create a registry to prevent use of stolen phones. Any phone that gets listed on the registry will be no longer useable any network. They are going to disable them somehow. See this article for more info.
If the phone isn't stolen but has a bad esn due to non-payment then they shouldn't be able to put those in (as the carrier writes the phone off, the person who doesn't pay gets their credit score hurt... yada yada yada.)
All this does is hurt the end users... not the criminals. So in 6 months are a ton of phones going to go dead? That's going to piss off a lot of users who will undoubtedly only end up getting mad at their carriers.
If Apple weren't such crappy people, any phone reported stolen should be bricked from Apple's side. That way it can't be sold, can't be used, and no one gets ripped off unknowingly. But instead, this back-asswards way of dealing with it only hurts people who are trying to get used phones. The reason the big 4 are doing this is because they get to sell more phones due to fear of buying a bad phone.
More crap thanks to idiotic business conglomerates and the pockets they're into in our government.
I know bad esn Verizon iphone are cheaper but with everybody wanting 4s and trying to sell for iphone 5, there not much of a price difference
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Can't you disable this possibility by disabling the "kill switch" of an iPhone?
$189.41 is a lot of money to a homeless person, or someone on welfare.
Also, even when the phone registry begins operation, it will only prevent stolen phones from being used in the US. Your stolen phone can still be resold or used in places like the DPRK.