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How risky is a bad ESN?

by tlambert117 / October 11, 2011 10:19 AM PDT

I must first clarify that I am not planning on using the 3G/4G data. I have no plan to activate this phone, just to use it as an iPod Touch alternative.

The phone is a Samsung Epic 4G. The phones I have looked at (for a good price so far) say that they have a bad ESN. And the sellers (eBay) have good ratings. (95%+ ratings.)

And if anyone happens to know if this works fine (excluding 3G/4G and calling) without the SIM as well, this would be much appreciated. Happy


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Clarification Request
Oh stink...
by tlambert117 / October 11, 2011 12:00 PM PDT

Turns out the Epic 4G doesn't seem to have a SIM. Will it still work as a Touch alternative? Happy

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(NT) So, no phone? Then it works.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 2:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Oh stink...

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It will work
by llewyn / October 23, 2011 4:20 PM PDT

The device will just say "emergency calls only".

Other than that, all the other functions will work fine.

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