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Can eBay Bad ESN Phones be used on Prepaid (e.g. PagePlus)

29th October 2011, 01:00 PM   |  #1  
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There's a lot of bad ESN phones being sold on ebay. I'm not familiar with CDMA networks, but it appears that bad ESN = unpaid bills from previous owner or reported stolen.

If I purchase a bad ESN phone, can I use it on a prepaid carrier like Page Plus which is ESN-agnostic? Do I need to flash it and if so, how difficult is it? I've installed custom ROMs on GSM phones before, is flashing CDMA phones anymore complicated than that?

Is flashing the same as changing ESN, which I've read is illegal and can brick your phone.
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29th October 2011, 04:11 PM   |  #2  
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Yes they can be used on some prepaid carriers. I know for sure boost mobile. As for how to flash it, sorry I have no clue. Im sure there are guides out there to do it though.
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I have been searching for a cheap note 2 n it seems that bad ESN phones are the cheapest....

So my question is If i buy a sprint bad ESN note 2 will it work in India with a CDMA connection... Will I have to unlock or flash it before using it...???
And if yes can anyone point me to the right thread or a tutorial...

Thanks in advance...!!
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