How To Sell Your Bad ESN Or IMEI Phone

Updated On July 15, 2021

A phone that’s been blacklisted by a carrier comes with a host of issues. For one, a bad or blocked Equipment Serial Number (ESN) or International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number can signal a reported stolen phone – or someone who’s been late making payments.

If you’re the owner – either someone still making payments or a recent buyer who found you purchased a blacklisted phone – understand how this happened, what you can do to recover the device and your options for selling it.

What Is a Bad ESN or IMEI Phone?

A phone, be it an iPhone or Android, with a bad ESN ultimately means you can’t activate the device through your current carrier. You’ll likely won’t be able to connect to a tower or Wi-Fi signal, thus preventing you from making a call and using most of the phone’s features.

Three scenarios are behind a bad ESN:

  • The phone was reported as lost or stolen by the previous owner. In this instance, you risk having the phone seized by law enforcement.
  • You have an account and contract through a carrier but have fallen behind on making payments.
  • You purchased a used phone with a bad ESN, but the former owner who financed the device has yet to pay off the outstanding balance.

You can check with your carrier to determine if you have a bad ESN or IMEI, seeing if it shows up in a database of reported numbers. However, if this occurrence goes back to the phone’s previous owner, you may need to reach out to them to resolve the unpaid balance.

What options do you have when you’re in possession of a blacklisted phone?

  • You can sell the blacklisted phone: We offer step-by-step instructions below for getting cash for a blocked phone or any device with a bad ESN or IMEI.
  • You can fix a bad ESN: This entails working with your carrier, often to resolve an unpaid balance, to restore your number and unblock your phone. At this stage, you can continue to use it with all functions, or sell it to cancel your contract or upgrade the device. Outside of your carrier, you can pay a fee to a third-party service to unblock the ESN or IMEI. Realize that the newer the model the phone, the more you’ll be expected to pay. As well, your carrier can choose to blacklist your phone again.

Sell a Bad ESN/IMEI Phone Online

Just because your old or broken mobile phone has a bad ESN or IMEI number, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t trade it in for cash at As long as your device hasn’t been barred due to being reported as lost or stolen, we can help! You can quickly and easily sell a bad ESN Sprint or Verizon phone and get top dollar in return. You can also sell a bad IMEI AT&T or T-Mobile phone for a nice chunk of change!

How Do I Sell a Bad ESN/IMEI Phone Online?

The first step in selling your phone is to locate your device, log in to your free account and answer a few questions. We’ll check the ESN and IMEI database to verify that the device is not lost or stolen, and then we’ll send you a quote. We’ll even email you a shipping label to use when sending your phone to us.

Do I Have to Wait for a Shipping Box?

We understand that many of our customers want their cash ASAP. That’s why we offer our Stupid Fast Payment option. Just use your own shipping materials and send your phone to us, and we’ll process your payment within one business day of receipt – usually on the same day. If you prefer to wait for us to send a box, we can still process your payment within 72 hours. Select the payment method that works best for you: Choices include PayPal, Venmo and personal check.

Get Top Dollar for Your Phone

Whether you’re looking to sell a bad IMEI T-Mobile or AT&T phone, or sell a bad ESN Verizon or Sprint device, you won’t find a better price anywhere. When you consider the fact that we pay for all shipping costs, you can feel confident knowing you’re getting the best deal on the Web.

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