You are very welcome.
I purchased a Verizon Droid X2 a couple months ago, the seller said the ESN was clear but when I went to free esn check web site, the result was that it was not good.
After reading this post and following the link I entered the number into Verizon and the result came back it was eligible. I went back to free esn and it still fails. It is now active on Page Plus Cellular.
Thank you for posting this useful information. You made my day.
You are very welcome.
That link above that talks about using the Verizon Device Eligibility page only lets you verify if the device is compatible with Verizon, not if it's clean, or can be activated at that moment.
For instance, this ESN: A100000AF017B1 ... shows bad/active via checkesnfree website, and by calling Verizon, but yet the link above shows it is eligible for activation.
If checkesnfree says it is bad, it's bad.
I have used GSM devices in the past, so please forgive this question. I see CDMA phones in Ebay with bad ESNs. Why would someone buy a phones with a bad ESN? Would it only be good for parts? Or do some people ever actually pay off the balance to get the bad ESN cleared up? I assume that a bad ESN means it can't be activated on any MVNO or are there some that still would activate it?
Parts or can be flashed to other carriers. Sometimes they're world phones, both CDMA & GSM capable. And the phone is used on a GSM carrier.
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Many (all?) Android smartphones can be used on WiFi only without actually being activated on a carrier. It is possible to use apps such as GrooveIP to make free calls within the US over WiFi.
I meant he's made many contributions to HoFo.
Theres been cases (1 reported in this thread) where CheckESN reported an ESN as bad. VZW site said good. Now it's active on PPC.
I've seen ESNs show up bad on Verizon, and still get activated on PagePlus.
Just because it isn't clean, doesn't mean it's active.
And again, as I said, the device compatibility page at Verizon only shows if a device is compatible with Verizon's service, it doesn't tell you if it has a clean ESN. You can find hundreds of ESNs on eBay to test if you like, and you will discover that it will say a device is eligible for activation, even when it has a bad ESN.
Thanks zapjb! Great link!
My experience has been the following. I have 2 Verizon phones that are my father-in-law's. I knew he had lost 1 of them, so I knew that one would come up flagged. The other was an old phone that I knew was clean. I called Verizon to have them check both and they confirmed what I suspected. I just now entered both on the site that zapjb posted and ran the MEIDs. The clean phone said that it was eligible to be used on Verizon. The lost phone said for me to call Verizon customer service and had a big red exclamation mark.
So that's been my experience with how the Verizon checker site works.