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I have digital cable and 1 box that I am renting from charter. I bought another one exactly like it off ebay...no mods or anything...just don't want to pay $4 per month for another box.


My problem is, when I plugged the new box in it gave me an error saying it wasn't authorized or something. Can I bring this to my cable company and have them activate it?
 

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Sorry buddy, but no.


99% of the time those boxes are, technically, stolen property. Unreturned equipment, found in an alley, left at an apartment.. it dosen't really matter. Bottom line, the person who sold it to you probably didn't pay the $250 cost to buy it. (Which is why they normally sell for less than $30 on ebay).


I'm a tech for Charter - and there is currently NO way to add a sub-owned box to an account.


$5 a month is not alot of money, considering these boxes are $250 new, and break pretty often.
 
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