iPhone Unlocking an iPhone 5

cettz

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Apr 2, 2014
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So I found this iPhone 5 a long time ago, I tried to find the owner but he was from America and there was no way I could give it to him so I kept the phone.. The phone is locked to Sprint but I live in Australia so there is no possible way for me to ring them to unlock the phone. What can I do to unlock it?
 

eyoungren

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Assuming your story is true for the moment, here is how to do this.

1. Pack up everything and move halfway around the world to the United States. Doesn't matter what state, but you need to move here. Step one is probably your biggest problem because it will involve money, time, visas, passports, etc. But maybe you can get away with it by being here just temporarily (a few months)
2. Assuming the IMEI/ESN/MEID is still clean, establish service with Sprint. You cannot be on an ASL acount (Account Spending Limit, bad credit).
3. Be a customer for 90 days and pay your bill on time.
4. Call Sprint and ask them for an international unlock (they will never unlock domestically)
5. Move back to Australia.

Number one might be able to be worked around if you could find a Sprint customer willing to take all the risk and add the phone to their line, wait the 90 days, unlock it and send it back. But you are trusting the phone to be sent back yourself.

Honestly, if your story is true, just turn the phone in to the police.
 

cettz

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 2, 2014
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Assuming your story is true for the moment, here is how to do this.

1. Pack up everything and move halfway around the world to the United States. Doesn't matter what state, but you need to move here. Step one is probably your biggest problem because it will involve money, time, visas, passports, etc. But maybe you can get away with it by being here just temporarily (a few months)
2. Assuming the IMEI/ESN/MEID is still clean, establish service with Sprint. You cannot be on an ASL acount (Account Spending Limit, bad credit).
3. Be a customer for 90 days and pay your bill on time.
4. Call Sprint and ask them for an international unlock (they will never unlock domestically)
5. Move back to Australia.

Number one might be able to be worked around if you could find a Sprint customer willing to take all the risk and add the phone to their line, wait the 90 days, unlock it and send it back. But you are trusting the phone to be sent back yourself.

Honestly, if your story is true, just turn the phone in to the police.
I have had this phone for about 6 months now, so there is no point turning the phone in to the police...

Anyone else have advice? please
 

eyoungren

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Aug 31, 2011
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I have had this phone for about 6 months now, so there is no point turning the phone in to the police...

Anyone else have advice? please
Then there is only one other solution. And that's a Gevey or an R-SIM.

You can keep asking all you want here, or on other forums, but unless you actually become a Sprint customer and activate the phone on Sprint there is zero chance that you can get the phone unlocked. There are no commerical third party unlocks. You will simply be wasting your money.

You can believe me or not on that, but if there were any other way to unlock a Sprint iPhone it would be known.