Sprint iPhone 5 to Verizon Service?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macion23, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. macion23 macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2013
    Heres the story:

    My friend gave me a iPhone 5 which was previously with sprint. Is it possible to use it on the Verizon Network ?
    Do i need to flash or unlock , or something ?
  2. Baggio macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2012
    No flashing needs to be done. The ESN of the phone has to be entered into Verizon's system and you would need a Verizon nano SIM. The problem is that Verizon will not enter the ESN in their system. Only way I see you being able to do this is if you know someone who is higher up at Verizon. I would sell it and buy buy a Verizon iPhone.
  3. macMD macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2005
    New York
    You see this is what should also be part of the cellphone unlocking law they are going to pass. That CDMA carriers should be required to accept your phone, its the same technology, there is no legit reason to be blocked out. Sure if it has WiMax don't expect it to work on Verizon but you can still get 3G etc.
  4. corys00 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    Umm, the iPhone 5 on Sprint doesn't have WiMax, it has LTE.
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    It's impossible to use it on Verizon as they will not accept ESNs from other networks. Your only bet is to try and find someone who is willing to trade for a Verizon iPhone 5 or sell your Sprint one and use the money towards buying a Verizon one.
  6. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    Unfortunately something like that is impossible with CDMA networks... Now if you wanted to use a GSM network (AT&T/T-Mobile/other prepaid providers), then you can if it's unlocked.
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    It really has nothing to do with subsidy locks. Not that being irrelevant prevents things from being attached to bills anyway...

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