sprint Iphone 6 and Sim free iPhone question

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  1. Sulten macrumors regular

    Sulten

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    So my nephew has Sprint " iPhone 6" he went out and bought a Sim free iPhone 6. if he switches the sim to the Sim free phone will he have to call sprint and change the EMI or what ever it is or just pop in the sim and it works and then give the other iPhone to his girl that will be on the same account
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    No, the SIMs are interchangeable on the 5c, 5s, 6 and 6+. His phone number will travel with the SIM as will his girlfriend's. However, he will have to add the new phone to the account and pay the activation fee. That will require getting a new SIM from Sprint if he wants to use both phones on the same account but on different SIMs. If he doesn't get another SIM then he can shuttle the same SIM back and forth between the two phones but it will mean only one phone is active at a time.

    Some things to note…

    1. Sprint has changed their unlock policy. As of 2/19/2015 all iPhones that are paid off (in whatever manner) will be automatically domestically and internationally unlocked. The only exceptions are the iPhone 4, 4s and the iPhone 5.

    2. The SIM free Sprint model iPhone is already unlocked domestically and internationally.
     
  3. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah Sprint finally came to earth. The fact that a domestic unlock is possible makes it much much better. Especially since the Sprint iPhone 6 is the true "world" phone
     
  4. 8rlee8, Feb 8, 2015
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    8rlee8 macrumors regular

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    sprint Iphone 6 and Sim free iPhone question


    From my understanding, the OP has two lines on the account. Wants to give the Sprint iPhone 6 to his girlfriend who already has an existing line and SIM. Then put his existing sim into the SIM-Free iPhone. There will be no activation fee for that. All that needs to be done is to go online and add the new SIM-Free iPhone IMEI to his line, same with his girlfriends line. Or call and have a CSR do it.

    It seems like you didn't read the OP. No unlock was mentioned. He isn't trying to use 2 phones on one line.
     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    If the OP already has an activated SIM I don't believe he'll have to add the IMEI as the SIM free Sprint iPhones are already whitelisted by Sprint, which means they already have the IMEI (or MEID since we're dealing with CDMA/Sprint).

    Oh I read the post. You clarified it a bit (thanks), but I read it. My intention was to add additional information. Although that additional info didn't directly relate to the OP's question my assumption was that there would only be one reason the OP would be buying a SIM free iPhone.

    If you aren't planning on your phone being unlocked at some point there's no reason to buy the SIM free iPhone. Both Sprint and Apple will happily sell you the fully locked to Sprint iPhone at full price.
     
  6. 8rlee8 macrumors regular

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    They may be white listed but you have to go into your sprint account and manually enter the IMEI of any phone you want activated. The SIM for GSM phones isn't the same for CDMA. You can't just insert an activated sprint SIM into any phone and have service instantly. Sprint attaches the actual phones IMEI to the account before it can work on their network.

    OP probably didn't know about the new unlock policy going into effect but wanted an unlocked phone to get more money when it comes time to sell it.

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    Why buy a locked iPhone at full price when you can get the unlocked version for the same price? Better resale value too.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    OK, that sounds fairly reasonable so I won't argue the point there.
    But knew enough to know he wanted an unlocked iPhone perhaps for the reason you mention.
    You have now affirmed my assumption and therefore the reason I added the additional info in my first reply.

    So, it's not that I wasn't reading the original post, it's more that I read into it what wasn't explicitly stated.

    I will admit to being wrong in my assumptions a lot of the time though. My wife can verify that. :D
     

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