How to give an unlocked iPhone to a friend who has older iPhone on another carrier?

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  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Okay, long topic subject...

    But here is the short of the long...

    I want to give my unlocked iPhone 6S plus to a friend who has an older iPhone.

    I am on the AT&T network. He is on the Sprint network.

    I have already removed my SIM card.

    Is giving him the phone and immediate calling ability on his Sprint network as easy as putting his SIM card in my iPhone?

    Do I need to call Sprint with his account information as well, or, is the installation of his SIM card enough?

    Thanks in advance for the help
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Sprint is not plug and play with SIM cards unfortunately. They are a CDMA carrier and have only been doing SIM cards since around 2011.

    My suggestion is for your friend to take your phone and his SIM to a Sprint store and get it activated there.

    Sprint has some bizarre back end stuff that may complicate matters - you won't know until you try to get it activated.

    Assuming you have unlocked your device? Nothing is going to happen at all if AT&T has not unlocked it.

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