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Does Sprint allow unlocked phones

Discussion in 'Sprint' started by Atalon, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. Atalon

    Atalon New Member
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    Has anyone been able to confirm whether or not Sprint will accept phones that don't have their logo on it and are "unlocked"?

    I do not like the looks of the HTC Hero (assuming that is the phone then end up coming out with). Between the chin and the girly colors I don't want to be seen with this phone. I am really starting to like the Samsung Galaxy, even with the small and goofy sounding software keyboard problem. Also since I really don't like Palm anything (had to deal with their issues as an IT guy for years).

    If Sprint doesn't accept phone models they don't also sell directly I am going to have to take a good look at the carriers that do have the phones I like or are willing to let them fully on their network.
     

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  2. punkzanyj

    punkzanyj Well-Known Member
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    In a word "No".

    Couple years back my partner's phone went dead, completely dead. I gave him one of my old nokias (I'm just a dork and like to upgrade every year or two even if the phone is fine). It was unlocked but Sprint said "no" because it wasn't one of "their" phones. I doubt they've changed that policy.
     
  3. ScottAgain

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    First, Sprint and Verizon use CDMA networks, whereas T-Mobile and others use GSM (so the radio's are not compatible). A friend recently bought a costly T-Mobile phone from a friend, only to find it won't work on his Verizon plan for this reason.

    Second, as of about a year ago (and maybe still today), Sprint keeps a database of the IMEI numbers of every device on their network. When you try a foreign device, they will disallow the connection.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  4. ltamake

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    That is definitely right.

    Also, keep in mind that even though an unlocked phone will work on a network it's not intended to, the network will not provide any support for your phone. And that 3G may not work.
     
  5. ChrisPlague

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    No it will not work, even sprint phones on verizon and vice versa
     

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