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Probably Shouldn’t Buy a Limited Edition RAZR Off of eBay, Verizon Plans to Lock Them to Employee Accounts Only

Last night, a reader noticed that a limited edition RAZR MAXX was up for sale on eBay. With an opening bid price of $750 and a “Buy it now” price of $2250, no one would actually bite on this, would they? Unfortunately someone did. The auction is now closed and with it, a RAZR MAXX that will likely be useless assuming the winning bidder isn’t a Verizon employee.

According to a couple of sources, VZW is planning to lock the ESNs (electronic serial number) for these devices to employee accounts only. So if you try to buy one off of eBay or an employee looking to strike it rich, you likely will never be able to activate it. This isn’t uncommon for Big Red to limit devices by ESN whether it’s to employees or the public.

So as a warning, if you see these start to pop up on Craigslist or eBay, you may want to look the other way.

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  • Chris B

    I don’t work at Verizon and own one just got it today and it works fine!!!!!

    • Chris Bbeh

      Only paid $250

  • spursrchamps2007

    haha did you see the person that bought it, even more shady then the person that posted it.  That entire page looks like a scam.

  • replace motherboard with motherboard from normal razr and boom you got a working limited edition razr

  • Eckdawg5
    • evltwn

      That’s because of ebay….they only post feedback going back 1 year.  If you look, he didn’t even buy or sell anything in all of 2010.  That way he could get rid of the negative feedback.  I bet many ebay shoppers only look at the percentage on the item selling page and never click on it to get a more complete story on that percentage.  That’s a big problem with ebay IMO.

  • trouble

    Employees at a retail store confirmed only an employecan order one because they have a special website for Verizon online log in to manage their accounts but it can be activated on any account

  • Rickerbilly

    Verizon can suck it!!
    Having said that, I have been a customer since their formation. :/

  • Tim242


  • Tim242

    I do not believe that they will lock the phone to an account. LTE phones don’t even.have an ESN. They have an IMEI and ICCID. The ICCID is the SIM. You.can swap phones by simply swapping SIMs.

  • Gr8Ray

    Not even the Verizon employees want them…

    • Guest

      This is simply not true. I am an employee and can’t wait to get my MAXX at a discount. It will have a case on it anyway, so nobody will see the red back. Oh well. Anyway, I can barely wait for them to become available! This guy trying to sell his was just trying to turn a quick profit and was too slow-witted to read the details. If someone actually bid on it to win, I hope he or she doesn’t mind over a month of waiting for a device that can’t be activated by a non-employee. Lol

  • I would think that you can still flash it to any other CDMA2000 carrier.

    • evltwn

      Cricket mobile here I come… LOL 😉

  • KleenDroid

    We all know that the bid for that phone is fake but in a way I wish it wasn’t. If you are stupid enough to pay one penny more just because it says “limited” you deserve a “special” “limited” vanity license plate that says  “MOORE ON”.

  • Wilson


  • Kevdroid

    Glad I sent Kellex that auction. It does prove to be in your best interest to read Droid Life if you use or are planning on buying an android phone!

  • Ron Perlman’s Jaw

    I guarantee the winning bidder/buyer was the seller himself.  Artifically sets the price with the winning bid hoping that someday he can try to sell it again and use this sale as a reference price.

    • Nexus123

      He sold the phone to himself, leaving him to pay eBay for selling it to himself? So why try and sell it when he could just take down the auction for almost any reason?

  • nightscout13

    I think somehow, THIS news will make this RAZR even more exclusive in value. Plus, there has not been an official statement from Verizon regarding the ESN’s being locked in.

    • Tim242

      LTE phones don’t have ESN’s.

      • nightscout13

        Actually, you’re right. They have MEID’s instead, so that lost/stolen phones can still be tracked/blocked. But it’s not like the Tmobile days when you just slide in a SIM card and go. You can slide in the SIM, but only if the MEID is clean.

    • nightscout13

      Actually, you’re right. They have MEID’s instead, so that lost/stolen phones can still be tracked/blocked.

  • CORYK333

    Seeing how majority of VZW employees try to solve every customers problem with it, does it come with the “ATK” app pre-installed??

  • Guest

    I am telling you, the person who won that auction has no plans to purchase it.  The winner has zero bid history.  No purchases or sales, no feedback.  The winner of the auction obviously was someone who created a new account to screw with the person selling the item.

    If you have used eBay long enough you would see this immediately.

    • It’s gotten to the point where that’s all there is on ebay almost. I used to use it a lot, back around 2003-2004, but now it seems like 9/10 people on there are scamming in one direction or the other.

  • Verizon locking stuff down… Who would have guessed

  • Why would you even want one is the real question? So many better devices just does not make any sense. 

    • pappy53

      There are no better devices, IMHO. Build quality, call quality, holding signal, speakerphone, speed, etc…all superior to anything out there.
      And it will get ICS, but hopefully after the bugs are worked out.

    • Josh Groff

      Besides the whole bootloader thing, Motorola has the best phone quality.

  • mjmedstarved

    Why would Verizon NOT want them to sell them? If they’re going to make money off of it, they are actually helping put more money in their own employees pockets, without having to pay for it all directly!!!!!

    Shame on you Big Red.

  • fvqu

    Very Stupid verizon. I feel bad for the person who actually bought this thing

  • Except that whoever “bought” this supposed Razr is not going to get one because the seller has 100% negative feedback and history of ripping people off, I’m not sure why this fact is being ignored.

  • Mps623

    i hope they offer this to me a us being a larger retailer.  I can need new phone for my employee line!

    • CORYK333

      Mind repeating that??

      • Mps623

        i hope i am able to purchase the phone, being that im from a premium retailer!

      • Josh Groff

        He accidentally the order. No big deal.

      • Mps623

        Did i make myself clear that time? Sorry for the typo! My bad. I will not let that happen again.  Next time i will besure to proof read before I submit!

  • I’m curious if this violates the “unlocked” regulations that Verizon agreed to when purchasing the LTE spectrum.

  • BrianWenger

    Do “Verizon Fanboys” exist?

    • Josh Groff

      My friend is one sadly. I’d rather just use a prepaid phone or t-mobile. Why pay more?

      •  Reliable signal? Fast and wipespread data coverage? LTE speeds and coverage? Phones that don’t suck?

  • Bob Martin

    i wouldn’t even pay $2250 for a limited edition galaxy nexus with an unlocked bootloader and the ability to cook me food. because in less than a year that $2000 phone will be outdated and in less than 3 years it will become almost useless.

    • tehserver

       I don’t know. $2250 is a lot cheaper than a wife.

  • Doesn’t matter it has an unlocked bootloader! 😀

  • srh12

    Oh dear lord thats hilarious and very terrible at the same time. I guess thats what happens when you do incredibly stupid things in the first place

  • durangojim

    Nothing says, “I’m awesome!” like a phone that says you work for Verizon as a rep.

    • mjmedstarved

      Believe it or not, Verizon pays pretty well.

      When I was 19 I got hired for a call-center type position paying 50K/year plus bennys and I was a dumba$$ and failed my drug test.

      I now work in Silicon Valley where most big players don’t do drug screenings.  😛

      • Aaron

         50K to work at a call center??

        • mjmedstarved

          And this was 5.5 years ago.. I have a cousin who works there now who I could get updated salaries from… if I happen to get that I will update this post.

          • Mirwolf

            I’ve worked at a VZW call center and the starting pay for a regular csr position does not pay 50k. however, the benefits are great and starting pay is higher then other call centers.

          • mjmedstarved

            This was in Sacramento, Ca. Where were you employed? I would bet that region and cost of living might be at play here.

            Should I add that I am a White Male and was at the time enrolled in college?

          • Mirwolf

            Rancho cordova as well. Not saying that 50k is impossible. Just that starting pay is not at that figure.

          • mjmedstarved

            **shrugs shoulders**

  • Paul Weller

    Nothing to worry about everyone, all Droid RAZRs on Verizon are “limited” editions. Until they unlock the damn bootloader.

    • Well said.

    • sgv

       yeah but this one here is an employe version

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    • LiterofCola

      How original!

  • digitalicecream

    I guess the real issue for me would be that as an employee I would want the benefit of being able part with something I no longer wish to use. The fact that I don’t want to use it from the get go does not have anything to do with it. My option would be not to purchase the phone.

  • jbonics

    or you can grow a brain and flash it to metropcs

    • Josh Groff

      Pretty much. Do you know if their networks are compatible at the 4G level though?

      • Nerdy Desi


        • Josh Groff

          Figured, was worth a shot. :/ 3G?

  • LOL the buyer is a new account, there is no way someone actually bought it. so the joke is on the seller.

  • Technoviking

    You guys will really post a story with no research?  Look at the bid history, one ‘person’ bid it from 750 all the way up to 2k+.  Plus the ‘person’ created the account just to bid on that item.  It was a fake sale, and now you look stupid.

    • Paul Weller

      Good for you for doing the research.  What is the name of YOUR blog?

      • CORYK333

        Beat me to it, but thank you

    • MotoRulz

      The story wasn’t about the Limited Edition Razr selling on Ebay for 2k+, it was about Verizons plan to lock the phone to employee accounts only so if you see it on Ebay or Craigslist be wary.. Now you look stupid…

  • SH

    Waste of time IMO. If I worked for Verizon, I wouldn’t even take one of these for free. 

    • MotoRulz


      • SH

        Nope. I would buy a GN at full retail before I’d use a razor. Stock ICS > dirt > Blur

        • MotoRulz

          I would buy a GN also considering how difficult it would be to talk, text, and surf the web on a “razor”. Gnex>Overhyped  Razr>Rulz

        • balthuszar

          So you shave with your phone?

          • KRS_Won

            there’s an app for that. many in fact.

  • Jason Purp

    Yeah! So exclusive! You wish you had this one, dude! Employees only! Yeah!

  • Jared Gould

    I have no sympathy for an idiot that pays $2250 for a limited edition phone.

  • Good move in my opinion.

  • richlizard24

    Considering that the ebay auction was posted by a scammer, I don’t think this is going to be a big issue.  

  • not shocked

  • bassman418

    WTF is so special about it? limited edition??? i wouldnt pay $25  for a razr . and i wouldnt pay more than $300 for any other phone.

    • pappy53

      And what do you have that is so special?

      • Josh Groff

        I’m willing to bet it’s a Nexus or iPhone. Only a sheep would post a response like that.

        • angermeans

          Although his response is very errogant I won a razr and I own a nexus and I wouldn’t buy a razr. The screen is awful, the bezel is too big, and the locked down bootloader and blur is the cherry on top. I’m glad you all love your razrs but the phone is just not for me.

          • Josh Groff

            I don’t love the RAZR, I just don’t see what the big deal is. It’s a pretty nice phone.

          • bassman418

            exactly my Point. Personal Preference.

          • huh?

            Are you serious? How could the Razr’s screen possibly be “awful” if you’re fine with a Nexus? The Nexus has almost literally the exact same screen with more pixels…

        • shooter50

          Im sure it’s a nexus that he dresses in a Barbie outfit and sleeps with. 

        • bassman418

          I dislike Iphone and if the story was about a limited edition Galaxy Nexus i would of posted the same post. with the exception of not payin $25 for it…..

      • bassman418

        Talking about phones now a days is like talking politics. everyone has there own opinon .And usually people fight about android vs iphone like people fight about republicans and democrats. Why do people feel the need to fight over Your android vs my android? I own the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and im not part of the so called Sheep. Its all about personal preference. I dont say the Iphone is crap, Moto is crap. I just dislike them. i have never been a apple fan of any sorts. I was a moto fan back in the nextel days but with the selection of Android devices out there i can pick and choose what i feel is the best in MY opinon.i dont like the Moto Blur spin on android and i dont like the quality of the screen on their current or previous selection of models.
        I dont understand What person in their right mind would pay over $2200 for any phone. i dont care what make it is. As far as my i would pay $25 for it is because i think it is an ugly phone that i dislike in a number of ways.
        Just sayin….

        • Rustedfenders

          I agree with the politics. So is the Razar a Republican or Democrat?

          • bassman418

            I’m thinking Android as a whole as being Republican and OSi (Apple) as being Democratic…. LOL

        • pappy53

          As I posted on another: 
          There are no better devices, IMHO. Build quality, call quality, holding signal, speakerphone, speed, etc…all superior to anything out there.

          And it will get ICS, but hopefully after the bugs are worked out.

    • bassman418

      and I honestly was curious about why it was label as Limited Edition and being bidded on for so much. Thought i Might get an intelligent/ informed responce from a  Moto fan reading this. This is an Android Fan site right???
      Not get Badgered about my question and choice of device…….

  • Nexussss

    $2250 for a phone? It better know how to cook!

    • JCS

      Cook?!?!?!?  This thing better have more than a Micro SD slot…