How To Check ESN or EMEI Number Online – An ESN is a “Electronic Serial Number.” Carriers often use this number along with the EMEI that is embedded into your phone to track its use. If you didn’t pay your contract you can’t sell the phone to someone else in many circumstances, so its always important to check these numbers with a site called CheckEsnFree.com. All you have to do is go into the settings of the iPhone and find the “EMEI” and the “ESN.” Then input it into the website listed here and it will tell you if it is clear and ready to be used! This will keep you safe if you ever end up buying a iPhone or smartphone off craigslist or eBay. You can visit the site here: CheckEsnFree.com.
If you use a carrier based smartphone, its about time you read this post! You may find yourself wanting to purchase an iPhone, or a different smartphone, however if its used, you will want to check the ESN and the EMEI number to make sure that it is “clean.” What I mean by that, is that the phone you are purchasing is off the account with its carrier and able to be used with your new number. This is NOT the same term as “Unlocked.” Even if a phone is unlocked, it can be blocked in the U.S. and other locations if the EMEI is bad. Its important to check both prior to any third-party cell phone purchase. If you buy it new, you won’t have to worry about this if your purchasing it from a reputable company!
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First locate your settings app and navigate to the “About” section for iPhone, or the “advanced” section or “phone information” section of the device if its android and blackberry. Some versions are different. Then simply locate the numbers starting with “A10000xxxxxxxxxx” If it is Verizon / Sprint, or other CDMA. If it is GSM, all you need to do is check the EMEI blacklist on the CheckEsnFree.com. Find the EMEI in your GSM iPhone by pressing into the phone keypad: *#06#. If you need to check the EMEI, all you have to do in most cases to check the number is hit *#06#. This will then give you the number that you will input to CheckEsnFree.com.
If you need more help finding the number on the iPhone, you can go here: Apple Support Document.
After you have located the ESN or EMEI numbers you just need to head on over to CheckEsnFree.com. Then you will need to select your appropriate carrier from the list of carriers. In my case I chose SPRINT US, because that is my current carrier. THen I entered my ESN number which started like this A10000xxxxxxx. Then it tells you if it is clear and good to go!
Never buy another smartphone, iPhone, or other device without knowing FOR SURE if it is not blacklisted, or on another account. This could save you a lot of time, money, and hassle!
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