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I am thinking about buying an iPhone with bad esn on ebay will it work after I jailbreak it in a different country?

asked 10 Oct '11, 07:26

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closed 28 Jan '14, 10:33

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The question has been closed for being "Solved" by spockers, 28 Jan '14, 10:33

This is a very tricky issue, You realize that this is a CDMA iPhone that you are considering and usually is not as easy as inserting a GSM sim card, assuming the "Other" country has a compatible CDMA network then its possible to see this working, we have seen it done in China, however the level of available/compatible services will always be in question. On top of that bad ESN usually means the its either stolen or its owner has defaulted on his bills.

As an honest advice, avoid such a deal.


answered 10 Oct '11, 07:33

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edited 10 Oct '11, 07:34

I want to use it in India and we use sim cards over here. So will it work? I have bought an iPhone earlier but it had a clean ESN So what should I do?

(10 Oct '11, 07:36) Tushaster Tushaster's gravatar image

usually bad or good ESN is a term used for CDMA handsets, for GSM the term would be bad or good IMEI, in either ways you need a compatible network to accept the handset, since this is a presumably CDMA handset and your network in India is a GSM one, then they are not compatible to begin with!

(10 Oct '11, 07:38) knightz4u knightz4u's gravatar image

@tushaster Dear frend, do am stupid me?

(28 Jan '14, 10:26) vicks88 vicks88's gravatar image

I'm still living in 2011, what year is it now?

(28 Aug '14, 08:48) vicks88 vicks88's gravatar image

Yes it will work in any country after jailbreaking.


answered 10 Oct '11, 07:31

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It will work, but will not be able to be activated on any networks.

Not only would that be because it has a bad ESN, but also because you have to clone another phone's MEID to be on any network but Verizon.


answered 10 Oct '11, 08:40

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edited 10 Oct '11, 08:40

I have a similar case but can I unlock the iphone 5 and then use it with any gsm network in India


answered 17 May '13, 03:05

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Don't bring up posts from 2011 makes no sense. If you have a question make a new post.

(28 Jan '14, 10:30) fut4va fut4va's gravatar image

And you just bumped a thread that's been dormant for 10 months. ;(

(28 Jan '14, 10:33) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image


(28 Aug '14, 15:37) Tilerone Tilerone's gravatar image

Are you people time traveling or something?

(29 Aug '14, 02:37) King Shoot King%20Shoot's gravatar image

You already asked that KingShoot.

Opps my bad it was tomorrow you asked it.

(29 Aug '14, 03:11) Tilerone Tilerone's gravatar image

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