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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default (Resolved) Will an unlocked sprint ONE work on any other carrier?

I found an HTC One (For Sprint) on CL for 200 bucks new in the box. Is it the same phone and once unlocked would it work on any carrier?

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I found an HTC One (For Sprint) on CL for 200 bucks new in the box. Is it the same phone and once unlocked would it work on any carrier?
No. Sprint's version will only work on Sprint here and after unlocked (By Sprint) it can be used overseas. It only has Sprint's LTE band as well.
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I found an HTC One (For Sprint) on CL for 200 bucks new in the box. Is it the same phone and once unlocked would it work on any carrier?
Common sense should say that's a rip off unless with a new contract or extension with Sprint.

At which point, you're saving zero dollars from your local shops.
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Lots of misinformation here. A friend of mine bought a Sprint HTC One from a guy who worked at HTC (coincidentally for the same price) and it was on the Sprint network, but he's now using it for Tmobile which I've verified to be working. Although when he turns on wifi or loses signal, data doesn't come back on until the phone is restarted.
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Lots of misinformation here. A friend of mine bought a Sprint HTC One from a guy who worked at HTC (coincidentally for the same price) and it was on the Sprint network, but he's now using it for Tmobile which I've verified to be working. Although when he turns on wifi or loses signal, data doesn't come back on until the phone is restarted.
Lot of potential misinformation in your post.
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its possible the sprint device contains some gsm radios,and they are intending to anounce later its world phone cababilities.

but if that were the case,wed have prolly heard of it by now.

are you sure your friend isnt using an att one on t mobile?
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its possible the sprint device contains some gsm radios,and they are intending to anounce later its world phone cababilities.

but if that were the case,wed have prolly heard of it by now.

are you sure your friend isnt using an att one on t mobile?
Here's a rundown of the radios supported by the various models -

http://androidforums.com/htc-one/685948-htc-one-faqs.html#post5787754
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This was the heart of my question. On HTC's website it lists the ONE, it does not give different models it just gives all the radios and frequencies (it does say which radios work for which carriers) but does not specify that the phone does not include all of the radios listed only using the appropriate one for whatever network.

My Moto HD lists radios that work on both ATT and TMobile - including LTE bands that should work on either, yet the phone was an ATT exclusive.

My only question here was is there ONE version of the ONE or many. Looks like I am to assume many.

That said the deal being offered to me was a guy got an HTC One from his employer but preferred to keep his Iphone, so he was making a few bucks. Nothing shady about it.
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Didn't call it shady.

Unusual in the extreme is a fair statement.

I think that the link provided shakes out the radio situation. The HTC website is notorious for being vague and inaccurate.

No need to assume - several model variations have been identified based on radio and modem parts differences.

Definitely more than one revision of the One according to that information.
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check out the top left hand side... if it lacks a sim card tray that will tell you without a doubt it wont work no way any gsm phone will work without a sim card

for the price id grab it. you can always resell or possibley trade it for a gsm variety
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check out the top left hand side... if it lacks a sim card tray that will tell you without a doubt it wont work no way any gsm phone will work without a sim card

for the price id grab it. you can always resell or possibley trade it for a gsm variety
All versions of the One have Sim card slot on the left hand side. Theoretically if you get the Sprint version sim unlocked by Sprint, you could get it on AT&T or T-Mobile's slower data but why live with a handicapped phone? You would not be able to use LTE or HSPA+.
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Default Got my Sprint HTC One unlocked, can I use it on other carriers now?

So, I called the Sprint international department and got it unlocked. Took about a week.

Can I use it for T Mobile and AT&T now?
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So, I called the Sprint international department and got it unlocked. Took about a week.

Can I use it for T Mobile and AT&T now?
No. It does not have the radios for their networks.
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The device is world phone and supports overseas int'l roaming frequencies, it does not work on GSM/HSPA/UTMS freqiencies domestically so it cannot be used on AT&T or TMobile (though when in GSM mode it can see AT&T/TMobile)

I went overseas (Oberhausen Germany) last month and took the One with me it had no issues roaming on O2 or Vodaphone. I can say I was not SIM unlocked (dreaded 90 day rule) but it worked great. Had Data and everything. Of course my Bill when I got back was about $250. But well worth it. Can't wait until I am unlocked in a few weeks so I can just pop a SIM in when I'm travelling overseas.
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The device is world phone and supports overseas int'l roaming frequencies, it does not work on GSM/HSPA/UTMS freqiencies domestically so it cannot be used on AT&T or TMobile (though when in GSM mode it can see AT&T/TMobile)

that doesnt make sense. if the phone is unlocked,then GSM/HSPA/UTMS are GSM/HSPA/UTMS... how does the phone know if its domestic GSM/HSPA/UTMS or vodaphone overseas?

verizons world phones work on att and t mobile. no reason a sprint world phone wouldnt also.
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that doesnt make sense. if the phone is unlocked,then GSM/HSPA/UTMS are GSM/HSPA/UTMS... how does the phone know if its domestic GSM/HSPA/UTMS or vodaphone overseas?

verizons world phones work on att and t mobile. no reason a sprint world phone wouldnt also.
To my knowledge, Sprint Unlocked World Phones will not accept a T-Mobile or an AT&T SIM card. Or at least that is their standard response to the question. As I have said before, Sprint has the hardware to use AT&T and T-Mobile theoretically but it could only take advantage of their slower data and no LTE.
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It's a software based restriction that does not allow for the other SIM's to work with the phone. However even if that restriction is bypassed you can't utilize the high speed data because the Sprint version does not support those frequencies.
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I am able to get my Sprint HTC One to accept my RUIM(CDMA-SIM) of one of CDMA network provider in my country, by making Sprint HTC One to read from RUIM only. Calls, Text & Data is working. The only issue is that it is continuously staying in 'Digital Roaming' or 'Roaming', although I've not been charged any roaming charges by my (RUIM)network provider, all the calls, text are being charged normally with absolutely no roaming charges. And another interesting thing is that if I stop roaming by going into Settings-->Mobile Data-->Roaming & selecting 'Home Only', the phone completely stops receiving signal. I don't know why it still needs that Roaming part to be active even though it is not truly in roaming & I was only charged as per normal rates by my (RUIM) Networ provider & again absolutely no roaming charges. And there is no issue with GSM but with CDMA mode you get that 'Digital Roaming'. I hope some one experienced shed some light on this & suggest a solution for this only issue, which although doesn't stop me(us) using RUIM based CDMA Network in my(our) country(ies).

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Hey there Thank you for sharing!

Please help us by specifying the country you are in. There are quite a few countries (Over 100 the last I checked) that use CDMA2000. Some of these countries have roaming agreements with carriers like Sprint and Verizon, which is why your service works. I am betting if you put your Sprint SIM in and activated your cell phone with them & activated international calling with Sprint service you would be able to ROAM and connect to the same networks. If you provide the country information we could clarify this.

That is why your phone is working, and also why it is showing you in "ROAM" ▲
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Thanks for your answer, I'm from India and my operator uses 800Mhz for voice & 2000Mhz frequency for EVDO data, see here and I bought this phone on ebay as 'BAD ESN' phone, I don't have Sprint SIM to check it out if it still stays in the roaming. Lets say that it is ROAMING on Sprint account then Why am I charged for calls, Text & data according to the plans provided by RUIM provider(my operator), it should not be done right, all the charges should be made by Sprint on the account that it is active.

That's where I'm confused, why am I charged by my local network provider for calls, text & data(according to the plans active on my RUIM) if it is just Roaming on their account. And in other case, why is it still needs Roaming to be active if it is using the local network provider.
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Well, being that it is a bad ESN you cannot add it to a Sprint account which means either:
-The phone is still on someone else's account
-There is an unpaid balance on the account the phone is attached to
-The phone was reported stolen
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Well, being that it is a bad ESN you cannot add it to a Sprint account which means either:
-The phone is still on someone else's account
-There is an unpaid balance on the account the phone is attached to
-The phone was reported stolen
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Thanks for replying again, I do know what is Bad ESN phone & it looks like the seller(who sold it to me on ebay) is the original owner of this phone(this is new phone with BAD ESN), as I can clearly see his name in the 'Account Username' in 'About Phone' Section of Phone Settings. I think he is not gonna make payments that's why he listed the phone as BAD ESN. Any ways I informed the seller that it is 'Roaming' in my country.

But what I can't comprehend is that is it truly roaming on my (RUIM) network provider using the Sprint account(assuming it is still active on sprint account) or is it just working on my (RUIM) network provider.

I've reasons supporting & opposing the both cases, as I'm being charged for the calls, text & data by RUIM provider. After ending a call, or sending a message, I get an immediate message saying so & so much amount is been deducted for the last call or text or data, which is normal for my RUIM prepaid network provider. And all the calls, text & data are being charged at local rates(we do have roaming charges applied if we use a sim card from one state in another state of our country).

As I said in previous post, if I stop CDMA roaming the signal gets lost completely. Reason only phone knows & unfortunately technology is not developed so much that a smart phone is smart enough to express itself(telling why it is doing few things the way it is doing them).
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It is using the account attached to the SIM. The phone will not work with the Sprint SIM due to the bad ESN. You are seeing the roaming symbol because you are using a 3rd party SIM in a Sprint phone. You will not get any signal when not in Roaming mode because when you are in "no roaming mode" it is only looking for Sprint towers which don't exist where you are.
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It is using the account attached to the SIM. The phone will not work with the Sprint SIM due to the bad ESN. You are seeing the roaming symbol because you are using a 3rd party SIM in a Sprint phone. You will not get any signal when not in Roaming mode because when you are in "no roaming mode" it is only looking for Sprint towers which don't exist where you are.
So you say that the phone will continue to work with RUIM irrespective of the fact that the services of the Sprint account it is attached(assuming it is) are suspended. I did receive a message the first time I put sim & connected that the service will soon be suspended or something like that, which looked like from sprint, I can't remember exactly though.
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It will work as long as Sprint does not share bad ESN information with the carrier you use and that carrier refuses service due to a reciprocal agreement with Sprint. This is rare on the international side. so you are most likely just fine.
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some many posts but very confusing.

i want to buy a htc one sprint. can i use it globally incl GSM ? if so wat shud i do. i want to CDMA to. mostly i wil use it outside USA. ?

Shud the phone be rooted / flashed or unlock code from sprint ll do ?
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you are better off getting a gsm specific phone from T-mo for example rather than use a sprint version. Sprint is cdma first and has a couple freqs for limited international use. meaning it has a couple of the most common freqs but not all gsm freqs that a gsm based model will have.

of course anything is possible, but you would get less hassle with a gsm version of this device.

my opinion of course and i am not a phone expert.

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The Sprint variant will work in most overseas markets without issue. As an international traveler I have yet to find somewhere my phone would not work. Be aware though, with Sprint there is a 90 day "hold" before you can unlock the SIM. This means that you will be carrier locked to Sprint and their roaming partners (which means insane roaming charges).

After the 90 days you can contact the international department and they will complete the request to unlock your phone, shoot you and email advising you to reboot your phone (if it did not automatically reboot) and then you can pop in any international GSM or CDMA/CDMA2000 SIM overseas
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I found an HTC One (For Sprint) on CL for 200 bucks new in the box. Is it the same phone and once unlocked would it work on any carrier?
i can 100% confirm that a sim unlocked sprint m7 will work for both att and tmo to make calls/texts anyway. no promises for data
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So I am planning on buying the One outright, and I know that if I do it through Verizon the bootloader will be locked.

Is there a way to buy it through sprint and then switch it over to verizon? Is the bootloader locked based on network? I know there is an issue switching carriers with CDMA networks.
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It can be done but it's stupid difficult. A guy tried doing it with the Photon 4G and in order to do it, you need s-off plus the ability to code and rewrite all the data for the radios to match Verizon.

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i can 100% confirm that a sim unlocked sprint m7 will work for both att and tmo to make calls/texts anyway. no promises for data
That is strange, I could not get it to work using my Sprint HTC One (unlocked) with a Verizon or T-Mobile SIM. Could you please detail how you got it to work?
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Lot of potential misinformation in your post.
It's funny to scroll through this thread and see just how many people will respond to someones post so negatively. If they say they have seen an actual Sprint branded hTC One device that has been SIM unlocked currently working on the T-Mobile network what in the world makes you think they are lying ??? What is there to gain from posting this online if they didn't , in fact, see it with their own two eyes?? Anyway, I am posting to say that I am currently using my Sprint branded, SIM unlocked hTC One on the T-Mobile Pre-Paid network. As they stated in their original post, the LTE does not work and if I turn on WiFi or lose my signal I don't have data again until I reboot my phone, but the One IS a world phone and is capable of operating under any carrier be it CDMA or GSM as long as you have either used Google to look up the unlock method ( or simply downloaded the app from the Play store called "Sprint hTC One SIM unlock tool" ) Now stop being ridiculous and lets all move on to posting things that are actually helpful to the rest of us instead of this stupid pointing the finger at everyone else because you know it all bullshit! A majority of the time you people end up looking like a moron and it just clutters up the threads for the rest of us! Thanks!
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Thanks for name calling and acting high and mighty now that the phone has been out for 4 months.

At the time of my post, all we had to go by was a faulty HTC specs publication, and technology blogs in disagreement with one another over what radios the phone versions had.

My warning at the time - with the use of the word "potential" was on-topic.

If you're in the mood to call me further names or have more rocks to throw, drop me a line.

You can tell me more about myself at that point.

Meanwhile, thanks for your opinion, glad your phone is working perfectly for you.

Now go ahead and tell SolApathy how you got it working when he couldn't, as you seem to have a point about being helpful.

And I apologize for my skepticism back when the phone was 2 weeks old.
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Anyone have any experience with getting a phone unlocked with Sprint. I called to have my HTC One unlocked for international sim and the first person said I would need to input a code in to the phone...the 2nd person said the unlock was already pushed to the phone and it is unlocked. They indicate no way to test prior to attempting to put in the 3rd party sim overseas. Anybody know a way to check?
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as listed below, there is a 90 day wait period. as long as you are past the 90 days you can unlock the sim.

there is a special option to press when calling into sprint to get to international roaming after you call the main sprint number. call again if you dont get any success or head over to retentions and they will help.

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The Sprint variant will work in most overseas markets without issue. As an international traveler I have yet to find somewhere my phone would not work. Be aware though, with Sprint there is a 90 day "hold" before you can unlock the SIM. This means that you will be carrier locked to Sprint and their roaming partners (which means insane roaming charges).

After the 90 days you can contact the international department and they will complete the request to unlock your phone, shoot you and email advising you to reboot your phone (if it did not automatically reboot) and then you can pop in any international GSM or CDMA/CDMA2000 SIM overseas
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Hi all,

The worst finally happened: my old Galaxy S3 went out, and I'm 6 months away from my upgrade date. I decided to buy a used HTC One on eBay. I got one in good condition for the decent price of $220 (the 32 GB one).

The phone is locked on Sprint and I'm loyal to AT&T for their vast coverage of the great country state of Texas. I have heard of some sites that offer "unlocking services" where you pay them $20 or so and send them the IMEI of a phone and the carrier it's locked to and they send you the unlock code.

Does anyone have any good experience with these sites or have a method they would like to reccommend? Money is a little tight right now, so I'd like to get the unlock code as cheaply as possible.
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I got my code. However, you may not be able to use data on AT&T Different frequencies, and Sprint also uses CDMA, not GSM, for 3G. Better do some research and make sure it'll work.
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It's a software based restriction that does not allow for the other SIM's to work with the phone. However even if that restriction is bypassed you can't utilize the high speed data because the Sprint version does not support those frequencies.
I have the Sprint variant of the One (M7).. I unlocked the SIM.. and switched to T-mobile.. it took a bit of fiddling, but after about 4 days, I got the phone to work with the T-mobile Sim.. and got 3G data.. I am now on AT&T.. THIS is NOT working.. I am near the Canadian border.. so I can pick up the Bell signal, but the phone will not see AT&T nor T-mobile when the AT&T SIM is inserted.. it works fine with the T-Mo SIM.
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