1. tigtorch's Avatar
    I recently bought a Galaxy S3 I9300 "factory unlocked" phone from Ebay. It is in beautiful shape and seems to work fine. I am a total neophyte on this but at l have just determined that:

    1. The serial number under the phone status is 000000

    2. The phone has been rooted

    As a user with only light data needs and even lighter phone needs should I be worried? It presently works fine with Straight Talk but $45 is too much for my needs and I am heeding for H2O wireless I could still return the phone but I like it a lot!
    11-19-2014 07:09 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! I dunno, that sounds pretty fishy to me. I'd be concerned that the phone was tampered with, perhaps because it was stolen.
    11-19-2014 10:44 PM
  3. tigtorch's Avatar
    I checked with Checkmend.com and there is no record of it being stolen. My main question, assuming it is not stolen, is what is the downside of having a phone that has been modified to the extent that it is rooted and the serial number shows as 00000 in the software (the printed s/n is present behind the battery and I used that and the IMEI number on checkmend.com)? If all else seems to work OK is there a possible future problem?
    11-20-2014 06:38 AM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Not really sure. Probably fine, although it'll just be hard to know what the previous owner did to the phone.
    11-20-2014 10:26 AM
  5. tigtorch's Avatar
    B. Diddy, thank you for your answer. I am willing to risk it but was unsure if there an obvious potential problem. I know very little about this subject and your response tells me that at least there is no GLARING bomb in my pathway. The phone is in pristine condition, works flawlessly and I got a very good price on it. I will keep it. Thanks again.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-20-2014 11:26 AM

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