1. JPDVM2014's Avatar
    I'm thinking about buying a used Focus to hold me over till the 900 comes out. The only question I have is that I would be a new subscriber, and my wife would need a subsidized phone. Is it possible for her to start a contract, and for me to not be on a contract until the 900 comes out so I can get the subsidized price? Also, is there a way to check whether a GSM phone is stolen or not? I know Verizon phones you can check the ESN, but not sure about AT&T phones. Thanks.
    03-22-2012 03:18 PM
  2. RiseAgainst94's Avatar
    I'm not that knowledgeable about buying buying used phones, but I think the Lumia 900 will be out within a month so you may just want to wait it out with whatever phone you have now...
    03-22-2012 04:22 PM
  3. XboxOmac's Avatar
    All Windows Phones, if stolen, can use live.com to lock, ring, and reset your phone.

    Posted from my Samsung Focus Windows Phone.
    03-22-2012 05:42 PM
  4. selfcreation's Avatar
    hey JDP:

    regarding the stolen phone , blocking the ESN of a phone to prevent usage is ONLY available on CDMA phones. if you lose your WP and they take out the SIM card before your trace it. nothing you can do! I know this cause i got my phone stolen last year :( a FOCUS on top of things lol :(

    if your thief doesn't take out the SIM CARD like others say , you can: lock , find , ring , erase your phone.

    regarding buying a USED focus.

    you can walk into any store an buy it OUT RIGHT , but it HAS to be active ( doesn't need a contract ) the ONLY time you can buy a phone with out activating it is if its a subsidized phone . Subsidized phones are phones sold on non-contracts with out activation.

    so you get get the outright price on the phone no contract no problem

    BUT!!

    i suggest buying it from E-bay or KIJIJI from a local persona and not FULL price cause you will lose $$ for nothing .

    + the NOKIA 900 is coming out in 2-3 weeks!!! your almost better off waiting.
    03-22-2012 05:47 PM
  5. JPDVM2014's Avatar
    I may still wait, it's just my wife is itching to switch from VZW because she needs a new phone. I'm not worried about getting my phone stolen, just curious about if I buy a used phone, do I run the risk of getting a stolen one and not being able to activate it? Like I said, I will prob wait, but there is a NIB focus on craigslist near me for $175 and a used for $150. That is the only reason I'm even asking. I'm really hoping the 8th/9th rumor is correct because I would like to upgrade from my Trophy before going on a cruise in mid-April. Lol.
    03-22-2012 07:23 PM
  6. JPDVM2014's Avatar
    Disregard...just saw the article on the front page. Just gonna wait it out. :-)
    03-22-2012 09:12 PM
  7. oldpueblo's Avatar
    I had to get off of Sprint within a certain window of time to avoid ETF fees, and the 900 wasn't ready yet when I switched to AT&T. So I just picked up five used WP7 phones on craigslist for $75-$100 and went on a monthly plan with AT&T until the 900. You can wait or you can go that route and resell the phones again later.

    And yes AT&T phones don't get blacklisted like CDMA phones do. It's all about the SIM card.
    03-22-2012 11:21 PM
  8. richv77's Avatar
    I can sell you my Focus with case in Excellent condition. I am in Philly.

    -Rich

    I'm thinking about buying a used Focus to hold me over till the 900 comes out. The only question I have is that I would be a new subscriber, and my wife would need a subsidized phone. Is it possible for her to start a contract, and for me to not be on a contract until the 900 comes out so I can get the subsidized price? Also, is there a way to check whether a GSM phone is stolen or not? I know Verizon phones you can check the ESN, but not sure about AT&T phones. Thanks.
    03-23-2012 10:07 AM
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