iPhone How to unlock Sprint iPhone5s with no active account

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by tobe1424, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. tobe1424 macrumors newbie

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    I bought an iphone 5s ( sprint locked) from a friend of mine who switched over to verizon. Although he was fed up with the service, he left in good terms. However, he ported his number and at the moment sprint has no trace of him..

    So i call sprint for them to unlock the phone and they said it cannot be done since there is no number to associate with the phone..

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. the IMEI is clean - everything is legit!!

    If they can't unlock it - or maybe they can Im going to call them now and see if i can escalate this by talking to a supervisor/manager but i have a feeling this isn't going to get me any where..


    Any advise as to how I would be able to unlock the phone? Perhaps via jailbreak or third party - but I don't want to overspend on a simple unlock!

    Or perhaps anyone else can shed light who have been in my situation with sprint

    p.s. i have tmobile

    sprint phone is running 8.1.2
     
  2. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

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    Not gonna happen. You can't unlock a Sprint iPhone for use on another carrier in the U.S.
     
  3. tobe1424 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found this on T mobile's website:

    Can my Sprint iPhone 5 work on T-Mobile’s network?
    Yes, the Sprint iPhone 5 is compatible with T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network once you have unlocked your phone.
     
  4. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    They aren't exactly lying. It theoretically would be possible, as it has many of the same radio bands...IF Sprint would unlock it. A search of these boards will lead you to literally dozens of threads about this; here's the best known one: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1644014

    The TL;DR version: Sprint doesn't unlock phones for domestic use. There's no jailbreak way of unlocking from any carrier, and hasn't been since the early iPhone 4 days. And unfortunately, most third party unlock services don't unlock Sprint. The ones that claim they will want to charge you more than the phone is worth to do it (one site this fall wanted $1000 to do it, and wouldn't promise you an ETA of when it would actually happen.)

    Probably best to sell off the phone to someone who will actually use it on Sprint.
     
  5. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That's false.
    They're mistaken or misinformed.
    Sprint iphones will not ever work with any other US carrier and cannot be unlocked to do so. If Sprint unlocks them they can be used only outside the US with international carriers.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I really don't know why this information is allowed to remain posted on T-Mobile's site as it's completely untrue.

    Sprint will only international unlock and only if you follow their policy.

    Perhaps, T-Mobile is trying to offer false hope to Sprint users to encourage them to come to T-Mobile, I don't know. But even in their own forum threads T-Mobile employees acknowledge it can't be done.
     
  7. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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  8. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately you have an expensive paperweight.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    About the only thing you can do. No guarantee the phone would be able to use T-Mobile's frequencies though.
     

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