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  1. #1
    John
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    I've had service for over 3 years. I am planning to switch to
    T-Mobile. Before I switch I want to unlock my phone so I can sell it
    to someone else for use on any network (that's the same technology as
    SprintPCS).

    I called 611 this morning and they said, "NO WAY!"

    Has anyone else had a different experience? Is this worth pursuing?

    John



    See More: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?




  2. #2
    Bob Smith
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    Re: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?


    "John" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I've had service for over 3 years. I am planning to switch to
    > T-Mobile. Before I switch I want to unlock my phone so I can sell it
    > to someone else for use on any network (that's the same technology as
    > SprintPCS).
    >
    > I called 611 this morning and they said, "NO WAY!"
    >
    > Has anyone else had a different experience? Is this worth pursuing?
    >
    > John


    John, just what makes you think that any other wireless provider will
    initiate service on a SPCS branded phone? Especially if they don't even
    carry the same model phone in their own line of phones ...

    Bob





  3. #3
    John
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    Re: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?

    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > "John" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > I've had service for over 3 years. I am planning to switch to
    > > T-Mobile. Before I switch I want to unlock my phone so I can sell it
    > > to someone else for use on any network (that's the same technology as
    > > SprintPCS).
    > >
    > > I called 611 this morning and they said, "NO WAY!"
    > >
    > > Has anyone else had a different experience? Is this worth pursuing?
    > >
    > > John

    >
    > John, just what makes you think that any other wireless provider will
    > initiate service on a SPCS branded phone? Especially if they don't even
    > carry the same model phone in their own line of phones ...
    >
    > Bob


    I dunno. People seem to be selling unlocked phones on Ebay. They had
    to come from someplace, right?

    John



  4. #4
    Bob Smith
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    Re: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?


    "John" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    news:<[email protected]>...
    > > "John" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > > I've had service for over 3 years. I am planning to switch to
    > > > T-Mobile. Before I switch I want to unlock my phone so I can sell it
    > > > to someone else for use on any network (that's the same technology as
    > > > SprintPCS).
    > > >
    > > > I called 611 this morning and they said, "NO WAY!"
    > > >
    > > > Has anyone else had a different experience? Is this worth pursuing?
    > > >
    > > > John

    > >
    > > John, just what makes you think that any other wireless provider will
    > > initiate service on a SPCS branded phone? Especially if they don't even
    > > carry the same model phone in their own line of phones ...
    > >
    > > Bob

    >
    > I dunno. People seem to be selling unlocked phones on Ebay. They had
    > to come from someplace, right?
    >
    > John


    Were those SPCS phones? I kinda doubt it. Sounds more like GSM phones you
    are talking about. What phone do you have, and is that specific model
    offered on any other CDMA wireless providers?

    Bob





  5. #5
    TechGeek
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    Re: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?


    Why do people make such a big deal about "unlocking" phones? You'll
    have a phone with all these great features, web, camera, etc.. but you
    won't be able to take full (or any) advantage of them on other
    networks.

    I can put a brand new "unlocked" 8100 up on Ebay for $250, but if you
    use it on another carrier, you would be able to make voice calls, but
    thats about it. No web, which means you can't email the pictures
    without spending more money on a cable and software.

    Why not get a phone for $50 and spend the $200 on a nice digital
    camera?

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  6. #6
    CAT0NHAT
    Guest

    Re: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?

    > I dunno. People seem to be selling unlocked phones > on Ebay. They had to
    come from someplace,
    > right?



    Mostly GSM phones. They get unlocked in one of 2 ways.

    1. Cellular carrier may unlock it for you after you've fulfilled your 1 or 2
    year contract.
    2. The phones has been unlocked by hacking, there
    are a few web sites devoted to that practice.


    Unlocked GSM phones are useful so one can have cell service in Europe.



  7. #7

    Re: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (John) wrote:
    >I've had service for over 3 years. I am planning to switch to
    >T-Mobile. Before I switch I want to unlock my phone so I can sell it
    >to someone else for use on any network (that's the same technology as
    >SprintPCS).


    You can read forums at www.smartphonesource.com for the "procedure"
    for unlocking Sprint phones. However if it is a phone that could never be
    effectively used on another network (e.g. a Vision phone or similar that
    has advanced Sprint-only features), then why bother ? Overall I'd say
    why bother as most newer phones you'd never want to move to a
    different carrier anyways...



  8. #8
    wldthng842
    Guest

    Re: Should I expect Sprint to give me an unlock code?

    They make it so that phones aren't universal so that someone cannot buy a
    phone off ebay and use on someone elses account and send them the bill.
    This is why none of the carriers want anything to do with each others phones
    and try to keep them off of their network.

    -brandt


    "TechGeek" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > Why do people make such a big deal about "unlocking" phones? You'll
    > have a phone with all these great features, web, camera, etc.. but you
    > won't be able to take full (or any) advantage of them on other
    > networks.
    >
    > I can put a brand new "unlocked" 8100 up on Ebay for $250, but if you
    > use it on another carrier, you would be able to make voice calls, but
    > thats about it. No web, which means you can't email the pictures
    > without spending more money on a cable and software.
    >
    > Why not get a phone for $50 and spend the $200 on a nice digital
    > camera?
    >
    > --
    > Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    > Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap
    >






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