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Apple is no longer allowing customers who purchase an iPhone, cellular iPad, or Apple Watch to activate a device with now-defunct mobile carrier Sprint. Apple has also removed remaining references to Sprint from its online store.

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When checking out with a new purchase, Sprint is no longer an option for connectivity, a change that Apple appears to have implemented today. Prior to now, Sprint customers were still technically able to activate Sprint devices through the T-Mobile network, and Apple listed Sprint carrier deals.

Given that T-Mobile completed its Sprint merger back in 2020, it is likely that this change will not affect many people. Many Sprint customers have already been transitioned to T-Mobile accounts and are no longer technically Sprint customers, but there may still be some individuals out there who have not yet completed the transfer over to T-Mobile.

Sprint customers have technically been using the T-Mobile network since shortly after the acquisition, as T-Mobile began incorporating Sprint spectrum into its network in April 2020.

Former Sprint customers who are experiencing issues related to their service should contact T-Mobile for help as they will need to move their Sprint accounts to T-Mobile to activate their devices.

(Thanks, Dave!)

Article Link: Apple Stops Allowing Sprint iPhone Activations, Removes Sprint References From Online Store
 
Also, just about all the Sprint mid-band frequencies have been updated to use 3GPP NR 5G. That's how T-Mobile gets such high average download speeds on 5G now.
They are still not as good as AT&T and Verizon tho. I'm on Dual Network and T-Mobile is still not available as AT&T/Verizon.

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drew0020

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They are still not as good as AT&T and Verizon tho. I'm on Dual Network and T-Mobile is still not available as AT&T/Verizon.

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I switched from ATT to T-Mobile about 45 days ago. I was an ATT customer since the first iPhone. My 5G speeds went from about 50Mbps to 500mbps (highest I’ve gotten is about 800Mbps) on average with T-Mobile.

T-Mobile provides much better coverage for me in the southeast plus I save $15/month, get free MLB/MLS packages, $350 debit card, Apple TV+, Paramount+, and Netflix (only SD). Only downside is I lost HBO Max.

I wish I switched earlier. T-Mobile 5G in my area is almost as fast as my Google Fiber Home Internet - 2GB. It’s insanely good for the price.
 

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Regarding carrier connectivity from the Apple site, does anyone know why certain new iPhones get a connectivity discount (e.g., 14, 14 Plus) while others don't (e.g., SE, 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max)? Just curious.
 
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I switched from ATT to T-Mobile about 45 days ago. I was an ATT customer since the first iPhone. My 5G speeds went from about 50Mbps to 500mbps (highest I’ve gotten is about 800Mbps) on average with T-Mobile.

T-Mobile provides much better coverage for me in the southeast plus I save $15/month, get free MLB/MLS packages, $350 debit card, Apple TV+, Paramount+, and Netflix (only SD). Only downside is I lost HBO Max.

I wish I switched earlier. T-Mobile 5G in my area is almost as fast as my Google Fiber Home Internet - 2GB. It’s insanely good for the price.
Like you, I switched from AT&T after more than two decades last June. It was mostly for the 5G data roaming internationally, but I've been pleased with the very high 5G speeds. Even in the far rural areas of Oregon and Washington the coverage is nearly the same as AT&T. Certainly it's close enough that I wouldn't pay more money to switch back.
 
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zorinlynx

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Sprint was my first real carrier, after a short crappy stint on MetroPCS. Used my Treo 650 and then my Palm Pre on them for four years!

The only reason AT&T got me was that I bought an iPhone and it was still an exclusive in 2010.
 

compwiz1202

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Sprint was my first real carrier, after a short crappy stint on MetroPCS. Used my Treo 650 and then my Palm Pre on them for four years!

The only reason AT&T got me was that I bought an iPhone and it was still an exclusive in 2010.
Same, Sprint actually helped me go on some cheap emergency plan when I didn't need a line anymore but was still under contract.
 

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🪦 RIP Sprint! Do you guys remember the HTC EVO 4G? 🥺

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I remember having an HTC Incredible with Verizon before Verizon had the iPhone and it was a pretty cool phone. I only got rid of it because the speaker stopped working.
Verizon is where it's at anyways

I'm currently with VZW and all I can say is not really. VZW has a lot of catching up to do...
 
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