I have a Sprint iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1. I am no longer with Sprint and services are disconnected. I just got off the phone with T-Mobile sales. They are sending me an activation kit with a Micro SIM. I was told to take that SIM to a T-Mobile store and swap it out for a Nano SIM for the iPhone 5 and activate there in store. Put the Nano in my iPhone 5 everything should be fine. By the way, I am going with the $70 Unlimited Pre-paid Everything.
Question 1: I was told there was no reason to unlock the iPhone 5. Was told the 5 is basically already unlocked. Pop in the T-Mobile Nano and everything should be fine. Is that true? I believe I will have to manually change MMS settings and a few others.
Question 2: Sprint is CDMA. I was told the 5 will automatically switch over to GSM upon inserting the T-Mobile SIM when I get it. Is that true?
Thanks in advance for all answers and input!
For a time, the iPhone 5 was released and sold factory unlocked when first being sold. We do suggest checking with Apple Support or your previous carrier to ensure your device is indeed unlocked and capable of using a T-Mobile Nano SIM before use
The device should auto detect the band it requires for voice services as long as it is properly unlocked, but you will need to ensure that you set your web and MMS settings to be compatible with T-Mobile. That information can be found here http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2383
The $70 everything plan is a great way to ensure you get as much web as you want on your iPhone We hope the device is properly unlocked and all goes smoothly!
Thanks for the response. I contacted Apple Support, provided IMEI#, and they told me it was locked. Gotta talk Sprint into unlocking this thing. Shall see what happens.....
You can also use this site to check if your phone is locked or not.
Thanks for the link. You need to register to view lock status and additional information. I checked my email and Outlook put the verification email in my junk folder. Still tried the link and Norton went haywire. So I did not proceed. Besides, it was verified locked by Apple. I think that's the most legitimate source. Thanks though!
After further review, if Sprint does unlock it, it will only be able to be used internationally and not in the US. I might have to do a jailbreak on this thing. Something I really DO NOT want to do.
If you have or know someone with a sprint account they should be able to get it Factory unlocked. We recommend that over jail breaking the device as that increases the number of variables increases.
Thanks for posting back to us
Thanks for the reply. I do have a Sprint account. It is just disconnected. I had 4 lines on it and got screwed over by others porting their numbers over to other carriers thus causing $700 in ETF's and not paying the bill. I was stuck with a $1200 bill. Basically gonna throw Sprint a little bit of money every month so it doesn't go to collections.
Anyways, I should be able to talk them into it. But I have read EVERYWHERE that when Sprint does an unlock on an iPhone 5, it is only and can only be unlocked for international use. That's it. Any input? Thanks.
I have not heard of that. Once the device is unlocked it should be unlocked for any gsm carrier as long as the device has a sim card slot
That's what I've read. Going to make the call to Sprint in a few hours. I've been a Sprint customer since 2002. Trying to figure out what I should tell them. The truth? "I got screwed over, given them thousands and thousands of dollars for the past 11 years, unemployed, and simply need the unlock to get a cheap pre-paid cause I don't have $1200 and need a phone line for employment correspondence. You (Sprint) do not offer this. Please help." All true. If you have any other ideas, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Well I don't have advice for the financial side of it. You do want to be truthful and honest and if there is a ligitamate balance then I would do the best to take care of it.
I hope that part of it works out for you
Was told by 3 of many Sprint CSR's (billing, customer care, tech, international support) that Apple made the Sprint iPhone5 to only be unlocked for international use on GSM technologies that are not in the US. This confirms the 15+ times I read and heard this. So in order to work with T-Mobile, a jailbreak is required....95% sure. Or....hopefully sell it to a Sprint customer and buy a Verizon or AT&T model. Last 2 options.
If that is what they told you I am sure they are right. I am sure you could sell it and get a AT&T factory unlocked device on CL or Ebay.
Sorry for all the headaches, we look forward to bringing you great service
Thanks for the help Drew. About to post it now.
Remember cause its a sprint iPhone you won't get lte when it comes out
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