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Why does my phone have a bad ESN number?

If you are having problems activating your cell phone with another service provider, this could be due to a bad ESN number.

Cell phone have a bad ESN number for one of these reasons:

  1. Someone reported the phone as lost or stolen.
  2. You have a phone that has an unpaid balance.
  3. You left the carrier but are still under contract for the phone or service plan resulting in a bad ESN.
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