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Buying a phone with a bad ESN? Help ASAP/Soon
Hey all, so I have a question regarding bad esn phones.
Basically I'm looking for a second android phone for cheap that I can do whatever with (root, mod, hack, etc.) without fear of bricking and losing all my important stuff. This way my warranty and primary phone stay safe.
Well I was looking around on ebay and found a couple of phones listed that were super cheap, and from a top rated seller. It was listed as "broken" for the following reason.
"The phone cannot be activated on a new account because its current account is locked by the carrier. "
I'm assuming this means it has a bad ESN. But does this mean I cannot turn on and use the phone at all? Or I just can't have cell and mobile internet service, but I would be able to use it just on wifi or something? Or like I said, I would just be buying a brick?
Any help would be appreciated, thanks all!