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Buying a used ATT S4, can I have ATT look up phone to make sure I can activate?

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By Raistlin1, Senior Member on 14th March 2014, 03:02 AM
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I have been on Sprint for over ten years and I am used to buying used Sprint phones, all I have to do is call Sprint and give them the ESN and they tell me yes or no for activation.

I know GSM phones are different but I thought I read that a GSMs phone IMEI (spelling) can be blacklisted or blocked, is this true? If so will ATT look up the number for you to confirm it is ok?

Looks like I am moving my family plan from Sprint to ATTs 10GB family share plan, I will keep using my Nexus 5 but my wife has an S4 for Sprint so I need to buy a used S4 for ATT.

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14th March 2014, 10:49 AM |#2  
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Use the esn/imei checking feature on swappa.com

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14th March 2014, 06:01 PM |#3  
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Use the esn/imei checking feature on swappa.com

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I will check that out, I did not know about this so thank you very much!
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Originally Posted by Raistlin1

I have been on Sprint for over ten years and I am used to buying used Sprint phones, all I have to do is call Sprint and give them the ESN and they tell me yes or no for activation.

I know GSM phones are different but I thought I read that a GSMs phone IMEI (spelling) can be blacklisted or blocked, is this true? If so will ATT look up the number for you to confirm it is ok?

Looks like I am moving my family plan from Sprint to ATTs 10GB family share plan, I will keep using my Nexus 5 but my wife has an S4 for Sprint so I need to buy a used S4 for ATT.

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If you're buying it local, say from Craigslist or whatever, then just have the person meet you at the local At&t store & check it before you buy it.
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