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Are sprint galaxy S3's locked? if so, how do i unlock mine

by venusianrealm / April 15, 2013 2:55 AM PDT

I'm not under contract with sprint anymore, and my phone doesnt use any sim cards. I bought it in Dec/2012

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What do you want to do with it ??
by birdmantd Forum moderator / April 15, 2013 3:47 AM PDT

You can't use it with any other network than Sprint. Locking is commonly used when switching GSM/SIM providers (At&t, T-mobile for example). Verizon will not activate a Sprint phone.

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YES they R even though U R Not a customer Any longer.
by TWMEANS / May 11, 2013 8:44 PM PDT

All Sprint's phones R locked to them. Doesn't matter what Phone U HAD with them. They also are one of ONLY A VERY SMALL FEW Carriers that DO NOT UTILIZE A SIM CARD As well. I very seriously doubt that they will even UNLOCK it 4 U, if they do it would Totally surprise myself & a lot of readers of these posts here on CNET! My suggestion 2 U is 2 Fold. 1st, find a carrier that U want to go too & MAKE SURE THAT THEY CAN USE A PHONE WITH NO SIM CARD Provision. Secondly, after Sprint refuses to "Unlock" the phone, if U R Able 2 find a carrier that doesn't require a SIM CARD, as stated in above post, see if the Carrier U Find, if they can, or I should say "WILL" they re-flash the G S III 4 U. If they can't or won't, don't B surprised, as they make $$ on not just the service plans they offer, but on the Phones they sell too. BUT U STILL HAVE AN OPTION!!! It's by an Android Leader of "Un-Locking & ROOTING" Cell phones. They are XDA, not by my opinion only, but by Many Top companies. They even have an ROOT/UNLOCK GUIDE On-Line Made just 4 mine & your Galaxy S III cellphone!!! From what I've heard, if you run into any problems, that they will help U out too! First thing though U must do is find a carrier that doesn't use SIM CARDS!!! I hoped this information you find helpful, or possibly someone else reading this post. Hope its been helpful 2 U if not at least informative article!

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Yes they are.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2013 4:18 AM PDT

To unlock this in my area you take it to the carrier's service counter that you want to move to and they tell you if they can flash it to their network. Cricket in my area does this service.
Bob

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