iphone 5 from sprint to boost mobile

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by moneymark2005, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. moneymark2005 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2014
    hi everyone sorry if this is in the wrong place. i was told that i could buy a sprint iphone 5 and put in on boost mobile is it possible. if not why not. what can i do to get it on there. thanks in advance.
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I think you might have been misinformed.

    Technically this would work as Boost is owned by Sprint and uses Sprint's network.

    But Boost and Sprint are two different entities. Sprint iPhones are locked to Sprint's network. The SIM is paired with the device. Take out the SIM and the device does not function.

    Sprint won't unlock your iPhone for domestic use, even to go to a carrier it owns.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Just goes to show how crazy the phone situation is with carriers - weird restrictions on what phone you can use and the restrictions are not based on hardware being incompatible, but on their own picky rules.

    It would be so much simpler if carriers just accepted any phone that worked with their network, regardless of where you bought the phone.

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