Update your Sprint iPhone's Profile / PRL by dialing: ##873283#

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TheRealHershey, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Just called to complain about the 50-250k 3G data speeds everywhere in Idaho (they've been this way for a year now), and got a super-duper canned response of: it'll be fixed in the next 48 hours, and we'll call you back then. WHATEVER.

    Anyhow, I got the code to dial and start the update process: ##873283#
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    And that does what considering the profile and prl would have updated when you activated your phone ?????? And your telling people to do this because of what ???? :rolleyes:
  3. macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2010
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    I just tried it. Didn't do jack.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2011
    Yeah, I did it, too, but ended up with the same PRL.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Exactly, a new phone will have the most recent and updates are autopushed, when it changes.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
    Sprint network issea

    Hi all,
    Today nov 30, 11 I have problem with Sprint network all day. My iPhone shows EDGE connection tO network, so I called CS and been told to reset network and then dial ##873283#. I asked friend of mine who worked for Sprint and replayed to me - never do that until you want to lock your phone.
    So sprint have an issue with 3G network, if you get frustrated find place with WiFi and wait till they fix this problem. Otherwise just wait.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    sprint doesn't have an EDGE network. they have 3g or 1x (the 'o' symbol on iPhones)
  8. macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    And what's is going to lock, exactly?
  9. macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2011
  10. scaredpoet, Dec 11, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2011

    macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    It's extremely rare that a PRL update will improve network speeds. In most cases it's just a placebo that they try to give you to shut up anyone who complains and get them off the phone with customer service.

    PRL = Preferred Roaming List. It's useful when you're outside of Sprint's home coverage and roaming on, say, Verizon. And it might also help your phone find additional pilot channels if Sprint's recently added new frequencies in your area, though it'll mostly figure that out on its own eventually. But an updated PRL will not overcome the inherent limitations of the network.

    Don't get me wrong: it's a good idea to be up to date, because Sprint does rely quite a bit on roaming partner coverage and there might still be remnants of the old "affiliate" network IDs on Sprint's (now-)native network. But no PRL update is going to speed up Sprint's network, nor is it likely to be fixed through anything software-based on your phone. Only Sprint can fix their network, through backhaul investment and better use of spectrum on the network side of things.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2011
    That's not true. I just ran that update and my phone is still unlocked.
  12. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
    old thread, but i did that on my roomates phone.. and his went from .5 mb download to .9 mbps! almost doubled.. still slow but yeah. thanks.
  13. macrumors newbie


    Oct 2, 2011
    NYC, Eliz. Bay, NSW, and 'Hell-A'
    It isn't for everyone to do, and it isn't something which need be done often.

    It is something which certain people - with specific types of issues can do in order to (possibly) overcome certain problems.

    I was given this information about 2years ago, when my iPhone (4S) was having problems interacting with my Airrave.

    In this situation, it did help.

    It isn't going to damage your phone, but; it's something you should first ask your carrier if you should try.
  14. macrumors G4


    Aug 31, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    Uhm…three year old thread. ;)

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