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A whitelisted ESN / IMEI has been officially registered with a device by the manufacturer. Nearly every smartphone that can be sold on Swappa is whitelisted. Swappa can verify the device using the GSMA global device registry.

A blacklisted ESN / IMEI has been reported lost or stolen with the global registry. A blacklisted device cannot be activated and cannot be sold here on Swappa.

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