Unlocking Sprint iPhone4 for use in South Korea

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kidklimbr, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. kidklimbr, Oct 21, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2013

    kidklimbr macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2013
    Good day all,

    I'm doing a quick post here to help my friend out.

    She is moving to South Korea next week to teach English for a couple years. She was able to get out of her contract with Sprint, but just received a new iPhone4 a few months back. She would rather keep said phone instead of buying something over there. How would she go about Unlocking/Jailbreaking her phone so she could use it with a Korea provider?

    Thanks for your time.

  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    First, jailbreaking and unlocking are two different things. You can be unlocked and not jailbroken or jailbroken and locked. One does not precede the other.

    With the phone she wants to unlock, if she has service with Sprint and it's a Sprint phone. Call Sprint. Ask them to unlock the phone for international use.

    She must.
    1. Have been a customer for 90 days
    2. Have had the bill paid on time and be current AND be a CURRENT Sprint customer

    If she cannot meet 1 and 2, Sprint will not unlock the phone for her.

    Note that there is NO commercial unlock whereby she can pay someone to unlock her phone. With Sprint it's not technically feasible.

    If Sprint will not unlock her phone, there is no other route except the purchase of another phone.
  3. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    You wouldn't even be able to unlock it. Sprint's iPhone 4 does not have a sim card tray.
  4. kidklimbr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2013
    Thank you guys. So what options does she have. Just buy a new phone when her's, though old, still new?
  5. paulyeo macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2013
    my mom's teaching english in korea and using her unlocked iPhone 5 that was from the states, factory unlocked via AT&T.

    best bet is to buy one off craigslist in the states or korea (korea if you want to take advantage of the 4G/LTE/LTE-A speeds.
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Yes, the sprint iphone 4 is a cdma only iphone and doesn't take sim cards.
    Get rid of it and get an unlocked iphone.

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