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1) Are the ESNs like a MAC address hardwired onto each individual phone? Maybe a hack can be made to "trick" the network into thinking the overseas phone was just the old phone, and noone would even know about the overseas phone?

2) If we had a phone that was not country/service provider locked (or we knew the SPC), would we then be able to load the NZ software loadset onto the handset, and from who?


(((((((((Maybe a hack can be made to "trick" the network into thinking the overseas phone was just the old phone, and noone would even know about the overseas phone?))))))))

This is called cloning and if you are ever caught.......,, you are entering the no-go zone.
This would most likely be picked up through network scans and if the phone used WAP the Openwave WAP browser would also identify differnet probably setting alarm bells.

(((((((((If we had a phone that was not country/service provider locked (or we knew the SPC), would we then be able to load the NZ software loadset onto the handset, and from who?))))))))))

Telecom will refuse to connect the ESN which is not setup to their billing system.
NZ software load....... No The eqipment to do this is both Extremely rare and not publically available
SPC Code... NO You are not getting them, they are confidential