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Topic # 223360 25-Sep-2017 17:53
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So I'm thinking of bringing in a cheap Samsung Galaxy Note 5 from America.  It's got a bad ESN (poss why it's cheap?) as there's an outstanding balance but being sold legit on ebay and I'm not clear on what is and isn't possible.  I always thought that a bad ESN from USA was only a problem in the USA and in NZ our networks are unrelated and it'll be fine.  It is listed as locked to T-mobile so I need to get it unlocked.


I emailed in to fonebitz in Wellington if they could unlock it (I have a picture of the IMEI number on the phone screen) and they said yes.  I asked if having a bad ESN made a difference and they were all 'omg we can't unlock that for you man' - so is that a moral thing or is there a technical reason why the ESN status in a different country affects the ability to unlock it?


If it's a moral/legal thing is there another way/site that does unlocks for phones with bad ESN's?





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  Reply # 1872625 25-Sep-2017 18:21
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I don't think it's a technical issue; it sounds like it could be stolen and therefore Fonebitz quite rightly (IMO) doesn't want to touch it. I can't recommend that you knowingly buy a stolen phone either!

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  Reply # 1872638 25-Sep-2017 19:04
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If people keep buying them they keep getting stolen. 

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