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Old 05-06-2013, 02:58 PM
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Not really sure if anyone would be able to help me, but i bought a S4 on CL the other day for 500. Thinking it was a great deal i went out and bought it. Later on that day my friend told me it was to good to be true and the phone was probably stolen. Didn't believe him so we looked up the IMEI number or whatever and sure enough the phone is "blacklisted". I put in my sim card and it suspended my account and i had to call AT&T and deal with the whole process of restoring my line again. Is there any way I can make this phone work properly or did i just spend 5 bills on a paper weight?

(by the way, I've already got chewed out by the girlfriend so no need to be mean about my stupid mistake)
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by brolly_25 View Post
Not really sure if anyone would be able to help me, but i bought a S4 on CL the other day for 500. Thinking it was a great deal i went out and bought it. Later on that day my friend told me it was to good to be true and the phone was probably stolen. Didn't believe him so we looked up the IMEI number or whatever and sure enough the phone is "blacklisted". I put in my sim card and it suspended my account and i had to call AT&T and deal with the whole process of restoring my line again. Is there any way I can make this phone work properly or did i just spend 5 bills on a paper weight?

(by the way, I've already got chewed out by the girlfriend so no need to be mean about my stupid mistake)
Paperweight. Your best bet would be to strip the thing for parts and try to sell those on eBay but that is a hassle in itself if you don't know what you are doing.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:47 PM
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i have no clue how to do that. Guess i have no choice then
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its like buying Disneyland tickets off CL

Once the IMEI is black listed you can't take it anywhere even straight talk or Tmob

Best to sell it to China

Only times I frequent CL, to sell an old TV and furniture or to look for a massage.
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Paperweight. Sorry dude .. When buying a used phone always make sure to see the phone is not blacklisted before handing cash. I use to trade phones a lot when I was a bigger android developer and realized that some people are just *** holes.
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Originally Posted by brolly_25 View Post
i have no clue how to do that. Guess i have no choice then
Send me the phone, ill take it apart and sell the pieces and paypal you the money (and maybe give me a percentage? lol).
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:56 PM
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yeah the thing is that i can easily post it on CL and do the same thing that guy did to me, but that'll mean bad juju will be coming my way.
My friend told me they can unlock it and it make it work for T-mobile though
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by stupidchicken03 View Post
Send me the phone, ill take it apart and sell the pieces and paypal you the money (and maybe give me a percentage? lol).
Thanks, but I know I wont be getting whatever I payed out of it so I'd rather keep it.
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still going to be a blocked IMEI.. The company can not unblock it since the original owner decided to screw around/stolen.
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ya there is almost zero point to it.

You can use it on wifi but thats about it
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Originally Posted by stupidchicken03 View Post
ya there is almost zero point to it.

You can use it on wifi but thats about it
Exactly... On a more happy note I ordered my s4 for Verizon and will be toying around with it before I make it my daily phone...
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You're actually in luck. You can still resell blacklisted GSM phones for quite a profit. It being AT&T you can probably get atleast 400 .

See eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/samsung-galaxy-s-4-at-t-BAD-ESN-Black-/130904054810?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item1e7a7d5c1a
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Originally Posted by lanz0r View Post
You're actually in luck. You can still resell blacklisted GSM phones for quite a profit. It being AT&T you can probably get atleast 400 .

See eBay

Samsung Galaxy s 4 at T Bad ESN Black | eBay
I'm not sure if its able to use overseas... if so you may be in luck.. I never had to deal with a blocked IMEI but I wonder if its actually possible to use it on a different carrier overseas.
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Honestly not the answers i wanted to hear, but owel lol
I got the S4 from AT&T so now i have 2 S4. I'll probably wait a little and see if anything can be done.
Thanks guys!!
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Originally Posted by brolly_25 View Post
Honestly not the answers i wanted to hear, but owel lol
I got the S4 from AT&T so now i have 2 S4. I'll probably wait a little and see if anything can be done.
Thanks guys!!
Have fun with it. I'm still on pre-order for Verizon but I'm using it for a different reason >.> ROM development ftw! Verizon always takes way to long to release anything
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