Asked by: Ru Leizalde
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Can I flash a Sprint phone?

Last Updated: 26th June, 2020

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If there isn't a SIM card, you indeed have a CDMAphone that can be flashed. GSM (Global System forMobile Communications) phones can't be flashed (likeAT&T and T-Mobile). Metro, Sprint, Cricket, Boost,Verizon and many others are CDMA and thus can be flashedbecause they're not controlled by the SIM card.

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Likewise, can Boost flash a Sprint phone?

You can activate a Sprint mobilephone for the Boost Mobile network. The flashprocess resets the phone's firmware to Boost Mobile.Sprint phones use CDMA technology and don't accept SIMcards, so it isn't necessary to order a Boost "ActivationKit" that contains a SIM card.

Also, can you sell a Sprint phone under contract? Sprint's are not. If you don't pay aSprint financed phone off before you sell it,the buyer won't be able to activate the phone except onSprint postpaid until it is paid off. The price youwill be able to get by selling the phone will belower if you don't pay it off and get it carrier unlockedbefore you sell it.

Secondly, can you unlock a Sprint phone?

For postpaid customers with SIM unlock-capabledevices, Sprint has chosen to simply unlock activeeligible SIM unlock-capable devices without requiring ourcustomers to initiate an unlock request. SprintForward customers must contact Customer Care at 855-639-4644 torequest their device be unlocked.

What happens when you flash your phone?

A full flash could mean just upgrading ordowngrading to a different version of the operating system onyour phone, or changing to an entirely new mobile operatingsystem. Flashing your phone may void your phone'swarranty and it may render your phone useless depending onthe security measures in place on your phone.

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Can I unlock my Sprint phone for free?

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How do you unlock a Sprint phone for Boost?

Call 844-665-6327 to unlock your Sprintphone, 888-322-1122 to unlock a Virgin phone or866-402-7366 to unlock a Boost phone.

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Can I use a locked Sprint phone on Boost Mobile?

Boost Mobile does allow you to use Sprintphones with its service, but not every single phone that'ssold by Sprint is compatible. Once you've confirmed that youhave an eligible device, you'll want to make sure that it's notcurrently active on a Sprint account and that it's beenunlocked for use on other carriers.

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How do you tell if your phone is unlocked?

If you're greeted with a dialog boxtelling you to enter a SIM unlock code, yourphone is SIM locked to the carrier it was originally purchasedfrom. If you don't see an unlock code prompt,check that it says you have service if you used avalid SIM card. If you do, your phone is probablyunlocked.

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Will boost unlock my phone?

In order to unlock your Boost Mobilephone, your account for that phone must have been activefor at least 12 months. Unlocking phones is now simpler thanever, and with Boost Mobile, once you are eligible, youcan request that your phone be unlocked by calling1-888-BOOST-4U.

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How can I switch my Sprint phone to Boost?

Stop by a local Boost Mobile service center.Request to transfer your current cell phone numberover to Boost. Perform this task with a week or so left onyour contract. If your Sprint contract expires before goinginto Boost, you lose your phone number and may not beable to get it back.

Junxi Remba

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Can I flash a Sprint phone to MetroPCS?

If there isn't a SIM card, you indeed have a CDMAphone that can be flashed. GSM (Global System forMobile Communications) phones can't be flashed (likeAT&T and T-Mobile). Metro, Sprint, Cricket, Boost,Verizon and many others are CDMA and thus can be flashedbecause they're not controlled by the SIM card.

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Can I turn my Sprint phone into a prepaid phone?

Currently, Boost mobile is the only one that canactivate Sprint Postpaid phones in their database.You can click here to check what eligible Sprintphones you can use in Boost mobile.

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What is the unlock code for Sprint phones?

Select "Advanced Options" or "Options," then "SIM CARD"or "SIM." Type "MPED" on the screen, then type "MEP" while holdingthe "Alt" key and press "2." Enter the unlock code whenprompted. Most Sprint phones follow this or a similarprocedure to enter an unlock code.

Anarbella Asenova

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Can you unlock Sprint iPhones?

Sprint's iPhone 5 versions are allowed to beunlocked only for international GSM networks – outside theU.S. However, it will work on Verizon's CDMA network. If anyan iPhone has been blacklisted or reported lost, itcan still be unlocked but won't work on domestic (U.S.)networks.

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Does Sprint charge to unlock phones?

Good news! Your Sprint phone might already beunlocked. If you have a postpaid Sprint plan (where you payyour bill at the end of the month), then Sprintautomatically unlocks your phone once it's eligible.If you're not sure if it's unlocked, you can callSprint's Customer Care team.

Kiowa Trompeter

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Can you switch a Sprint phone to AT&T?

A Sprint iPhone 7+ will work fine on ATTas long as it has been unlocked. Just move your SIM card,everything will work the same.

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How do I check if my IMEI is unlocked iPhone?

To check your device-unlock status:
  1. Open the Settings app on the iPhone.
  2. Select Cellular.
  3. Tap Cellular Data Options.
  4. If you see Cellular Data Network as an option, your iPhone isprobably unlocked. If you don't see it, your iPhone is probablylocked.

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Are Sprint iPhones locked?

With the exception of Verizon which does not locktheir 4G phones, most carriers, including Sprint,lock the phone to their network, forcing you to use youriPhone only on their network. Though not as easy as Verizon,Sprint is fairly flexible when it comes to unlockingyour iPhone.

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How do I see if my iPhone is unlocked?

Follow these steps to check that the iPhone isunlocked:
  1. Make a phone call using the current SIM card.
  2. Power off the iPhone.
  3. Use the SIM-card ejector tool (or a paper clip) to eject theSIM card from the iPhone.
  4. Insert your new SIM card.
  5. Press the Sleep/Wake button to wake up the iPhone.
  6. Make a phone call.

Aridian Eifert

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What is the network unlock PIN?

SIM Network Unlock PIN is actually a PINyou have to input to unlock your mobile device that islocked by a specific carrier. Phones are usually sold locked oncontract with a network. They are also sold bynetworks at asubsidized price to attract customers and theyend up paying at any charging network imposes.

Maynard Jermy

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What is UICC unlock?

UICC stands for Universal Integrated Circuit Cardand it is a new generation SIM (Subscriber Identification Module)included in cell phones or notebooks used in some high speedwireless networks. Sprint will automatically unlock thedevice when it becomes eligible.

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Can I sell a phone that is still under contract?

Yes, you can sell it, but you are stillresponsible for the completion of the contract.

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Can a blacklisted Sprint phone be unlocked?

Sprint will not unlock the device.Unlocking simply makes your phone useable on anynetwork that can support it - as long as it's notblacklisted. Blacklisting submits your IMEI to adatabase of IMEIs that are denied service on any carrier. Henceunlock status is irrelevant to whether an IMEI isblacklisted or not.