1. justme71's Avatar
    Because of the great camera I am thinking of getting a "bad ESN" iPhone that can't be activated off of eBay and giving it to the kids as an iPod touch. Will I have any problems with iTunes doing this? Guess I'm asking if iTunes will care that it can't be activated.
    Thank you in advance
    04-26-2011 10:28 AM
  2. Libuff's Avatar
    ive never had personal experience using a "Bad ESN" phone, but i have used a phone that was deactivated by AT&T, but was my phone originally.

    what i've done in THAT case was to click ON airplane mode, then re-enable manually WiFi and Bluetooth. both of which can be reenabled despite being in airplane mode.
    04-26-2011 11:02 AM
  3. sting7k's Avatar
    Not sure how it would work with a Verizon iPhone. You could get a GSM iPhone and just remove the SIM card.
    04-26-2011 11:54 AM
  4. wxman2003's Avatar
    Technically you don't activate verizon iPhone through iTunes, but by dialing *228 option 1. But that isn't an option for you since it has a bad meid. You still should be able to go into iTunes and restore as new and then use as iPod and use through wifi.
    04-26-2011 12:41 PM
  5. cevmkv's Avatar
    Technically you don't activate verizon iPhone through iTunes, but by dialing *228 option 1. But that isn't an option for you since it has a bad meid. You still should be able to go into iTunes and restore as new and then use as iPod and use through wifi.
    wrong...you still activate a verizon iphone through itunes.
    04-26-2011 03:57 PM
  6. Libuff's Avatar
    i will add, that when activating my Vzw iPhone 4, the activation failed, and the device was still usable...

    it *should* work... im not 100% sure, but i think it really should...
    04-26-2011 04:12 PM
  7. anon4705295's Avatar
    wrong...you still activate a verizon iphone through itunes.
    Sorta...once you call the number it functions as a phone, but to register it and get your stuff synched you have to use iTunes.
    04-26-2011 07:49 PM
  8. cevmkv's Avatar
    Sorta...once you call the number it functions as a phone, but to register it and get your stuff synched you have to use iTunes.
    ok well all i was saying is that when i got my ViP all i did was plug it into itunes and it was activated. i did not have to dial *228 to activate the phone.
    04-27-2011 09:43 AM
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