i just activated my new phone and asked if i could get my old phone unlocked. the rep told me that sprint phones can't be unlocked because they are only for sprint network. is this true or yet another lie because they don't like to do it??
They can be unlocked, but how useful that is depends on what you want to do with it.
For instance, Sprint won't activate any phone whose ESN isn't in their database. I think Verizon used to be willing to activate Sprint phones but haven't heard of it happening lately. Depending on the phone it might take more than just unlocking, too, like flashing a custom firmware for the correct carrier.
If you're just wanting to sell the phone, you're probably better off doing so in the stock configuration.
The rep was right, it would be useless even if you could use another CDMA carrier as the technologies for 3G/4G stuff all tend to be different. It's the same with GSM, even iPhone customers on tmobile have been running at reduced 2G speeds due to network incompatibility. If you want to sell it you can sell it as a Sprint phone.
Reading comprehension isn't just for school children!
I think there are people who flash certain Sprint phones to use elsewhere such as MetroPCS or Page Plus. Not sure if it would work for use on Verizon postpaid though. There is actually one Verizon mvno that is just starting that allows you to bring Sprint phones to use on their plan. You do have to pay some activation fee, and the monthly rate is fairly high for prepaid. Within prepaid companies that uses Sprint, almost all of them require you to purchase a phone from them.
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