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att unpaid balance used phone

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by drvnred5, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. drvnred5

    drvnred5 New Member

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    i bought a used iphone from a friend and have found out that he was making payments on it, but didnt pay it off yet. Can i use it
     
  2. KevinJames

    KevinJames WA's 1st retired mod
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    Good question. I've never heard that one before. Most likely they will bill him for the outstanding balance. Whether or not they will activate it for you is a question you should ask the carrier.
     
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  3. palandri

    palandri Former Palm Guy
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    Let us know what happens
     
  4. mframe

    mframe Senior Member

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    I have heard that GSM carriers will now blacklist the IMEI of such phones, like CDMA carriers have always done with ESNs. The phone might work for a while, but if the bill is not paid, it may eventually be cut-off, no matter which new carrier you are using it with.
     
  5. rjniles

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    A friend who has sold you stolen property. No different than him selling you a car he was leasing.
     
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