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Unlocking sprint iphone5

by Imran_iftikhar / April 24, 2013 1:55 PM PDT

Hi, I bought a used iphone 5, which was previously running on sprint. The guy while giving it to me took out his SIM card. Now I have following problems:
1. I cannot start the phone without a SIM card.
2. I want to unlock it as I have to go abroad and use it out of USA.

Please guide me the best way you can . Thanks
Imran

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Sprint here is CDMA and no SIM card.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 24, 2013 2:15 PM PDT

Are you sure it's a Sprint phone?

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Sprint LTE phones have UICC cards though
by Pepe7 / April 24, 2013 3:11 PM PDT

That's a different technology than a SIM card though. If the aforementioned device is indeed a Sprint branded iPhone 5, it's possible that the guy took out the UICC card (which looks like a SIM card) when he sold the phone.

http://community.sprint.com/baw/message/563048

I'm not aware of Sprint unlocking phones for non-customers, that's the crux of the problem. The OP will have to get them to unlock the GSM side for international roaming. He should have bought it from a friend w/ Verizon. Their version of the iPhone 5 has it's GSM side unlocked already(!)

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Unlocking sprint iphone5
by Imran_iftikhar / April 27, 2013 9:24 AM PDT

Thanks. New sprint iPhone 5 is using a SIM card. After visiting the sprint office, I have realized that I can do nothing of my phone until I have a sprint sim, which is not provided by sprint at all. So, I have to look how to get a new or used sim.

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Sprint iphone5
by Imran_iftikhar / April 28, 2013 3:35 AM PDT

The guy who sold it to me said it was sprint but it does not carry any sprint logo on it. Base on research i have done in last few days i think that if It is written on its box that it supports GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, it means that it is unlocked for international use. Is that correct?

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Could be.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 28, 2013 10:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Sprint iphone5

Here I would head to a T-Mobile counter and ask them to see if it works and then PAY the 50 bucks for the first month. Some folk are not willing to pay for service like this and well, they wander in the desert a lot longer.
Bob

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More info
by Pepe7 / April 28, 2013 12:14 PM PDT
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