We used to be able to do MEID Check before buying used

Remember when you used to be able to do an MEID compatibility check?
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What is the new, improved, hard to find way to verify that a phone can be activated?

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for legacy phones

Check to make sure the phone can be reactivated
First, you’ll need the MEID (serial number) of the phone from the seller. Then, open a Republic Help ticket and one of our Help team members will let you know if that phone can be activated on Republic or not.
Submit a request – Republic Help

the old MEID check was part of the old Defy activation (check the old legacy phones was a bonus) and since Defys can no longer be activated this page was removed


Thank you. But I figured it wouldn;’ be simple. I sent in a ticket but the only option available is to “Activate”. I had to specify “DO NOT ACTIVATE JUST CHECK MEID”

Based on my vast experience submitting tickets and knowing the extended response time delays this is not a good system for buying a used phone.

Help Ticket reply finally came a 5 AM this morning.
Sale ended midnight last night.
RW Ticket reply came far too late so I didn’t risk buying it.
Buying a used RW phone is not made simple or easy.

I agree that an online MEID checker would be a useful tool to have. Meanwhile, Swappa offers a pretty good tool here: https://swappa.com/esn.

Additionally, generally, inability to activate a previously used phone purchased from a reputable e-commerce site like eBay or Swappa would be grounds for return. I’m confident such a return would be covered by eBay’s buyer protection policies and PayPal’s for items purchased via Swappa.


With RWs software I would, and did, prefer to rely only on an RW MEID Checker.

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