Sprint iPhone 5 SIM - quick question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by djuarez03, May 19, 2015.

  1. djuarez03 macrumors regular

    May 23, 2008
    If I put in a Sprint nano SIM from a different Sprint phone into a Sprint iPhone 5, will it work without having to call the carrier/Sprint to activate? I'm not familiar with how CDMA network iPhones work, so not sure if they work the same as GSM iPhones.

    Thanks for any answers you can provide.
  2. bigdaddy223 macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2014
    try it see what happens.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    SIMs from the 5c/5s/6/6+ are compatible with each other but not with the 5.
    SIMs from the 5 are compatible with the 5 but not with the 5c/5s/6/6+.
    SIMs from a 4s won't work in a 5 and the Sprint iPhone 4 does not have a SIM slot.

    So. If the SIM you intend to use is from anything OTHER than a Sprint iPhone 5 (including any Android/Windows phones) it won't work. But if it's from another Sprint iPhone 5 it will.

    Sprint had one SIM model for the iPhone 5 and an entirely different one for the 5c and above. They look the same but they are not.

    Sprint will provide you with a free SIM upon request. Although that's probably not what you want if you're trying to swap phones on an already active line.


    Famous last words when on Sprint. ;):D

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