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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Doey, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Doey

    Doey Newbie
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    I was wondering if Sprint's lg g2's could be gsm unlocked. I've read around and the general consensus is that it can't be done. However, when I checked sites that send you unlock codes they all offered an option for unlocking the sprint lg g2. I'm trying to get it to work on Metro PCS. Has anyone successfully unlocked a sprint lg g2? Thanks for reading!



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    Post #23 by Doey, Feb 4, 2014 (1 points)
  3. Rukbat

    Rukbat Extreme Android User

    Since it's not a GSM phone, no. That's like asking if you can change the attack angle on the wings on your car.

    A Sprint phone uses CDMA technology. Metro is TMobil, GSM technology. You're asking your radio to pick up a TV show, picture included. CDMA phones don't work on GSM tyowers and GSM phones don't work on CDMA towers.
  4. Doey

    Doey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Why does Verizon work then?
  5. garynsa

    garynsa Lurker

    This is not true. Sprint LG phones are global ready phones. They have the support but for international carriers but needs unlocking. The unlocking though is only possible right now through Sprint itself. Check sprint site for the unlocking requirements. There isnt a hack available (like the Sprint HTC One and the Sprint S4) yet

    Verizon doesnt have those locks and hence they work out of the box itself and also Verizon will support local US carrier which Sprint wont (even after the unlocking via Sprint)
  6. Doey

    Doey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    That's basically what I've been reading from my searches. Why do unlocking websites offer a sprint option if it won't work?
  7. kiyoshi_mine

    kiyoshi_mine Lurker

    Well I myself have personally tried at two sites to unlock my phone, at to which both of them were a paid service and offered the capability of unlocking the G2 from Sprint. However both of them also apologized and refunded my money because they were not able to unlock my LG G2. ._.

    So as to "Why" Sites say they can, Thats probably to get more people to go? perhaps?
  8. swagner53

    swagner53 Android Enthusiast

    Verizon is also a CDMA network. Both variations are global ready, the verizon version must be set internally at verizon to use global networks. I am not sure how Sprint does it. Neither will work on US GSM 3g networks (T-Mo, ATT. etc) even if unlocked.
  9. Doey

    Doey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Verizon phones do work with domestic carriers. I unlocked a HTC Trophy and it had no problem working with T-Mobile.

    Does any body know how long it look for the sprint s4 and sprint HTC one to get hacked and unlocked?
  10. garynsa

    garynsa Lurker


    Verizon one come out of the box with these bands unlocked hence they work with other US carriers.

    I am not sure what is the time before the hack for both
  11. garynsa

    garynsa Lurker

    I do know thee are a few threads on xda regarding these
  12. Doey

    Doey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    There seems to have been a breakthrough! The sprint lg g2 might be getting unlocked!
  13. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender

    I came across a thread the other day at xda that unlocking is possible without sprint consent, it's a matter of obtaining root and modifying a few lines in your build prop.

    It's already been confirmed to be working for international carriers (sprint g2) but haven't seen success on us carrier yet.

    I'll see if I can track down that thread again.

  14. garynsa

    garynsa Lurker

    Doesnt work still for international as well properly. All works but System UI keep crashing and you cant use it as a daily driver yet
  15. sha0ggy

    sha0ggy Lurker

    Hate to tell you guys but none of you know what you are talking about when it comes to this matter, I have unlocked a Sprint LG G2 for US and International use, including data settings (although the data takes a couple extra steps... with NO SYS UI crashes.. I bet you all are listening now aren't you!
  16. sha0ggy

    sha0ggy Lurker

    Gain root access (can't hold your hand just show you the way, figure it out..), install root toolbox free and edit build.prop settings, search for ro.build.target_operator= and it will say ro.build.target_operator = SPR , change SPR to OPEN, reboot and open Root Toolbox again to edit build.prop then change OPEN in target_operator to lowercase spr so that is ro.build.target_operator=spr and VOILA unlocked for gsm with NO system UI crashes. If you just change SPR to OPEN and save it and leave it then you will get many crashes. To enable data add carrier's apn (option is usually disabled) so the workaround being install tweakker from the play store (free) and follow steps to get apn working for data and use app 'Network' from PlayStore to change network modes as the options are disabled by default because of Sprint Nazis.. YOU ALL ARE WELCOME!! Knowledge is Power!! -Sha0ggy
  17. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender

    This is what I've been curious about, since ours is cdma, how exactly can we use ours for international use unless it's an international cdma carrier?

    We don't exactly have that sim slot for gsm.
  18. sha0ggy

    sha0ggy Lurker

    Actually we do, I'm on Net10 AT&T sim in the US with 100% working... You can't put memory cards in sim slots, you put SIM CARDS in sim slots.. because that, is what they are for!
  19. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender

    Strange I've had my g2 for a couple months now but I haven't noticed a sim slot in mine.
  20. Doey

    Doey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Just tried it, didn't work. People over at xda figured that out a day or two ago. Didn't work then either. They say it doesn't work with US carriers. Don't know how you got it to work though.
  21. sha0ggy

    sha0ggy Lurker

    I am using Sprint LG G2 on UNITED STATES Net10 micro sim so yes it does work and no you don't know what you are talking about.. read the whole forum on xda before you pass judgement, it does work, I'm on it, deal with it.
  22. sha0ggy

    sha0ggy Lurker

    Must not have tried it all, use tweakker app from play store to edit your apn settings and network app from play store to switch between cdma and gsm. voila
  23. Doey

    Doey Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I have done that and to no avail. You need to calm down, I've been following that thread on xda since it was only a couple pages long.

    How's your imei and esn? Are they clean?
  24. jason67432

    jason67432 Lurker

    the lg g2 ls980 needs to be rooted and rom toolbox lite needs to be downloaded from the play store then you go to the build prop editor and changero.build.target_operator and change it to open!!! everthing works great im using it on tmobile now :):):):):D:D:D:D
  25. Loota

    Loota Android Enthusiast

    Isn't it on the top left side of the phone covered with rubber pieces?

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