Paid Off Sprint iPhone 6s - is it automatically unlocked?

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  1. JulesJam macrumors 68020

    JulesJam

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    I purchased a Sprint iPhone 6s on easy pay and paid it off immediately. I can put a Verizon SIM card in it and it works on Verizon - no invalid SIM card message.

    It is completely unlocked because I paid it off, correct? There is nothing more for me to do, correct?
     
  2. wolfedude88 macrumors regular

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    I think they might do it after the next bill cycle. But I would just call them and have it unlocked yourself
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If you are able to use a different carrier by inserting a different SIM, then yes, you are unlocked. A DSU was issued to your phone.

    If you were still locked you would not be able to use a different SIM. No further action is necessary at this point.
     
  4. MacDevil7334 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know how it is with Sprint. But, with AT&T, you have to contact customer service after you've paid the phone off and request it to be unlocked. Just paying off the phone isn't enough because AT&T would rather keep the phone locked to its network if possible. The good news is the process takes just a few minutes after you request it.
     
  5. JulesJam thread starter macrumors 68020

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    OK great!
     
  6. JulesJam thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think it is different with Sprint, I think they do it automatically at least with the iPhone 6 and above.
     
  7. JulesJam thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I did call and the rep was clueless. He didn't know anything at all about the new unlocking policy and said I had to put a different phone on the line before it could be unlocked.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    ^^^Correct. As long as the phone has been paid off. If there is an issue it may be just how soon the DSU is issued after full payment.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Yeah. Sprint reps are still pretty ignorant about SIM cards. They've had a few years and they still can't get it right.

    You'll also be told you have to restore. BS. Just insert the new SIM. A restore is only if you have no SIM card available. Even then it's not necessary. The phone's IMEI is in the unlock database and failing to restore or insert a different SIM can't change that.
     

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