Boost Mobile iPhone 6s Plus

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iphone6fan, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. iphone6fan macrumors regular

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    One of my friends wants a new iPhone 6s Plus, but uses Boost Mobile. Boost is out of stock and it won't let you place a back order. What other model is compatible with Boost with proper bands, etc? Any help is appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Sprint.

    Boost is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) of Sprint. That is, Boost uses Sprint's network for service. Therefore any device for use on Boost must be compatible with Sprint.

    Virgin Mobile handsets would also be compatible, but as far as I know VM still maintains a death grip on phone locking.

    P.S. Both VM and Boost are owned by Sprint although they operate individually as MVNOs.
     
  3. iphone6fan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Aren't sprint phones locked?
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Depends.

    If you pay full price for new phones then they will unlock within 48 hours - or sooner if you call them directly.

    If you are on a lease, or Easy Pay or a contract then the phone is indeed locked. However, as long as it's not an iPhone 4, 4s or 5, you can have the phone unlocked by Sprint when it's paid off. It will be done automatically.

    This is a new policy that just started in February.

    The Sprint iPhone 4 does not have a SIM so cannot be unlocked. The 4s and 5 can achieve a full unlock with a workaround. They have to be inactive and you call Sprint and request an inactive international unlock. These have been converting to full unlocks.

    In the case of the iPhone 4s, this however will forevermore render it useless on Sprint's network - which in this case would prevent it's use on Boost.

    Keep in mind however, that all of this is irrelevant to Boost. A Sprint phone will function on Boost because it's still on Sprint's network. The only thing changing would be the billing.
     
  5. iphone6fan thread starter macrumors regular

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    If you buy full price from Apple is it automatically unlocked or do you have to call Sprint? What if you don't have an account with Sprint?
     
  6. tragic.taco macrumors newbie

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    As long as your friend buys it straight from Apple for the full price, it will come unlocked. My girl is rocking her Sprint 6S through Boost right now.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If you buy the Sprint model full price from Apple then you need to call Sprint to unlock it.

    If you buy the SIM FREE model from Apple (always full price) then it will automatically be unlocked because it is whitelisted in the databases of all four carriers.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Not to rain on your parade because I know you are helping, but even if your girlfriend's phone WAS locked to Sprint she would still be able to use it on Boost.

    Same network…different billing.
     
  9. iphone6fan thread starter macrumors regular

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    So even if it is locked to Sprint you can still use it on Boost?
     
  10. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Yes. Because the network the phone is using does not change. It's all Sprint's network. And Sprint owns Boost.
     

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