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Procedures for Buying and Selling of BTV Receivers - See Post 1

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I had a 3100, a 5800 and a 5900 in the house. Thinking of going HD. Question, if I get a HD receiver, am I allowed to sell the 3100 or the 5800. There are quite a few for sale (at decent prices) on certain famous auction sites. Not sure if Bev allows that anymore.

Edit by 57 - 2011.10.25. You should not sell or buy 9200 or 6100 receivers since they are being phased out and BTV will not activate them. See link below for more on the topic: (They can still be used for OTA so they may have some value to someone interested in that option)

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How do I determine if a receiver is good to activate before I buy it?
No chance. BTV is disabling current 9200s and replacing them. They will not activate any old boxes.
If the previous owners still have it active on an account they might be able to get it exchanged.
I don't have a 6100 but I can tell you for sure if you disconnect a 2700 from the stream it will lose all its channels after a couple of months or sooner.
I would simply call them with both of you present. Then she can tell Bell she is selling it to you and you can give them your account info to add it, all in one call. You will need the serial number off the back and possibly the smart card number.
I thought Bell required a call from the seller before they would add it to the buyers account. That's what happened to me many years ago. They would not add to my account until seller called them.
Last receiver I bought privately I was not able to activate online. When I called in I was told bought used receivers had to be activated over the phone. Could have just been a one time thing though.
You need to call BELL and verify that the unit can be activated. It might be a rental or stolen unit or have PPV unpaid on it.

Yes the original owner still needs to call BELL.
You may need the executor of the estate to send a copy of the will etc. to allow anything to be done in their name.
Bell won't activate it for him onto his account or it won't work after they activated?
If bell won't activate it, what reason are they giving him?
If it won't come alive on his account what error is he getting?
Often when activating a used receiver you must call in. The online function doesn't seem to work for used.
Your out of luck. Bell owns that box. They will want it back and you will not get your money from them. If you are caught with you could be charged with theft. I don't know if they ever do that, but you could be.
I'm pretty sure they will send you a box to return it to them though.
I saw an ad on kijiji for 4 receivers last week. The guy even posted in his ad that they were rentals and would be for parts only. I reported the ad and it disappeared but the guy was back again this time didn't admit to being rentals.
Another time I found one at a garage sale. When called in to see if it could be activated they told it was rental and told me the street the guy lived on. They offered to send me a box to return it. I just told them I was not going to buy and I was going to let the owner deal with it. I don't think I even gave them my phone # and I as not calling from the phone that my account is on.
The previous owner should call in to Bell and tell them the unit has been sold.
There is no 'Putting my card in it". The card that came with the unit stays in it. You call up Bell and tell them you want the unit added to your account. They will ask you for the card # of the unit. If it is not stolen or a rental then they will add it.
Is it legal? Technically no. Only one location allowed.

Swapping smart cards between receivers does not work. However you should be able to activate the old receivers from your account. Or just try hooking them up and wait for them to update. Unless you called bell to remove them they should still work.
The recording will remain. You can delete them before you get rid of it if you want.
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