Can any iPhone be unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by myusernamename, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. myusernamename macrumors member

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    Can any iPhone be unlocked? I got an iPhone 5 from Virgin Mobile and was thinking switching to Boost Mobile due to having a better plan.
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    It really depends on the carrier.

    Sprint has only started unlocking the 5c and above since February.

    Your problem…

    Virgin Mobile is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) using Sprint's network. Sprint will only international unlock an iPhone 5. Hence, Virgin Mobile which uses Sprint's network would only be able (through Sprint) to give you an international unlock.

    Boost Mobile is an MVNO using Sprint's network. Since you'd be going from one Sprint MVNO to another that might be doable without a domestic unlock. However, Boost is not known to be a BYOD friendly carrier. You'd have to check with them. Honestly, you'd probably have better luck moving to Ting (another Sprint MVNO) which IS BYOD friendly to Sprint devices.

    There is a loophole that is currently exploitable that is allowing the iPhone 5 to be domestically unlocked when Sprint submits an international unlock but it requires the device to be inactive on Sprint's network and any moneys being owed to have been paid.

    In any case however, your phone is domestically locked to Sprint at the moment.
     
  3. myusernamename thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, thank you for the information. So I can't switch from Virgin Mobile to Boost Mobile?
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I don't know. It's possible, but I think very unlikely. First you'd need to find if Boost Mobile would even activate your phone. If they won't, what's the point in trying to move over?

    If they would accept your device then the next step would be to find out if it needs to be unlocked or not. Considering that both MVNOs use Sprint I doubt that would be the case, but I don't know. The network would be the same, it's just the MVNO that would be changing.
     
  5. myusernamename thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for providing me a great answer. I will try this soon when I get a stable job.
     

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