GET THEM NUMBERS
There are several ways to get ESN numbers. First is to extract number (ESN) from working phone. Second is to read number off of the phone or the carton the cellphone was shipped in. Third is to "make up" a number. Fourth is to "steal".
First three are obvious, last one is more difficult, and illegal. To get ESNs off of airwaves, pirates use a scanner, demodulator (black box), ESN formatting software and computer to intercept ESN as they are transmitted by nearby cellphones to cellsite. This device is most popularly know as an ESN "snatcher" or "scarfer".
The device was originally designed and sold by the Kurtis Company but only to cellular repair facilities and law enforcement. Use by repair facilities is legal. Use by persons intent on defrauding cellphone owners or operators is illegal.
There used to be several individuals selling "Black Boxes" to do the same thing. You supply computer and scanner, they supply software and interface to demodulated NRZ binary information. Prices range from about $400 to $3,000 and up.
Here's a list of sellers pulled from older issues of NV. These people may or may not be still in business:
For possible other address' of sellers, see URL:
If you have the technical skill, in our book "CELLULAR HACKERS BIBLE Vol. 2", we have included engineering data and all the technical data we could find on the subject for educational purposes and within the law as defined in "Unlawful Acts.--Section 1029(a) of title 18, United States Code, as mended." Click here for a copy of the law as amended. You would still need a computer, scanner, and will have to build a demodulator (black box).
We do not sell completed units or black boxes.
We no longer distribute the ESN software in The Cellular Hackers Bible V2, as it was made known to us that the original owners no longer wanted it distributed as shareware. You may find some site still posting their files. Try a search on the keywords ESN, cellular, etc.