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    Hi guys, I am selling my Palm Pre and a potential buyer has requested that I give him my ESN so he can confirm that my phone with work with his plan. I am no phone tech and was just wondering if this is safe... Thanks.
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    I think the primary reason people ask for this, is to verify whether the ESN is clear or not. I've had people ask me the same question, but I always tell them I'm not comfortable doing this. Who knows what they can do with that number, like maybe burn it into another phone or something.
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    I won't buy a phone from someone unless they can supply me with the ESN so I can call Sprint directly and verify. Not sure if there is anything malicious someone could do if they had it. But if they don't give it to me, I just move on.
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    what I do when I buy a phone on craigslist, is meet up a relatively public or secure place. (starbucks for public, bank for secure, but also relatively public). I show the person the money, they give me the phone and I activate it on my account and once thats done, give them the money and everyone's happy. it protects them and protects me.
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    As a buyer we have to confirm the ESN is free to activate, if not we are buying a paper weight.
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    What are some potential harmful things he can do with my ESN number?
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    As a seller on ebay with good feedback (120@100%+) I tell buyers that my rating is good enough for them not to worry and that I will refund if there is a problem.

    I am not sure about the pre specifically- but it is relatively easy to change the ESN on older treos/ windows mobile phones. In addition- when you activate a phone on sprint they take the ESN first and then program. So one could give them the ESN- wait for the rep to initiate the programming steps and then hang up. Technically now the phone is tied to that account even though it doesnt work. People could use it as a placeholder.

    I dont give out ESNs for these reasons but if you have no feedback and really need to sell the phone and the buyer insists you will be okay 99% percent of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabbott View Post
    I won't buy a phone from someone unless they can supply me with the ESN so I can call Sprint directly and verify. Not sure if there is anything malicious someone could do if they had it. But if they don't give it to me, I just move on.
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