Sprint iphone 5 unlocking trouble

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Josethegreat, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Josethegreat macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Ok hi I'm a new member n I was wondering of anybody can help me out. I have an iphone 5 from sprint that I want to unlock. I try to unlock it with a sim unlock but everytime I do it it says activation required then it tells me invalid sim. I checked the carrier on settings n it says t-mobile instead of sprint. Can anyone help me?
  2. CBillups1 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2008
    where are you located and what are you unlocking it for?

    it cannot be carrier unlocked in the USA. PERIOD! it cant be used on ATT or TMobile in the USA or Canada.
  3. Josethegreat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I'm in California but will be traveling to Mexico this weekend. I bought the phone from a friend that upgraded to the 5s.
  4. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    You're going to be out a phone this weekend then unless you have a backup.

    Here are the cold hard facts.

    Sprint will not unlock your iPhone for domestic use. EVER. It's their policy and nothing you do will ever win you a domestic unlock. There is no third party unlock where you can pay someone to do it for you either. It's not possible.

    You CAN get an international unlock, but you have to get it from Sprint. And that means you have to meet their requirements. Those are, being a customer with an active line and no credit limits for 90 days and paying the bill on time.

    If you cannot meet that requirment then Sprint will not unlock your phone for you.

    Pretty sure Sprint treats Mexico as a foreign country, but not sure. In any case, it's academic anyway if you aren't a Sprint customer.

    Your only option would be a Gevey SIM.

    BTW, the Sprint SIM card is paired with the device. The device needs the Sprint SIM card it's paired with to work correctly, which defeats the purpose of a non-Sprint domestic SIM card.

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