Can I share my ESN / Serial Number publicly?

Sellers should not publicly share IMEI, ESN, or serial numbers for devices. Your IMEI number is considered private information until your item is sold.

  • Buyers can ask sellers to check the IMEI with a carrier they'd like to use by supplying a link to the carrier's BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) carrier compatibility page.
  • Buyers shouldn’t post listing comments asking for the IMEI before purchase.

Sellers: If you are wondering whether it is safe to send the IMEI to a buyer -- it is safe to send the IMEI to a buyer provided it is being shared privately, and after the device has been purchased.

Buyers: If you aren't sure if the phone you’re looking at is compatible with your carrier -- you can learn more about carrier compatibility on the Swappa blog:

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