Sprint To Offer Unlock Codes To Customers

Sprint, or Sprint / Nextel as they are now officially called, will start offering unlock codes to customers requesting them that want to use their Sprint branded phone on another CDMA network.

This move comes as part of a settlement of class actions in California and Florida that claimed Sprint locked the devices to make it difficult for customers to switch carriers taking their Sprint phone with them.

The settlement covers all customers who bought Sprint phones between Aug. 28, 1999, and July 16, 2007. It should allow those phones to be switched to competitors whose networks are compatible with Sprint’s, such as Verizon Wireless and Alltel Corp.

The question I have is will the move prompt Verizon to discontinue their practice disabling devices beyond factory defaults? The BlackBerry 8830 has built in GPS, however, Verizon cripples this feature in their branded version. Sprint, on the other hand, does not.

I don’t imagine that there will be a huge wave of Sprint users switching their devices to Verizon just because they aren’t locked down, however, there will be some and I can’t imagine Verizon telling potential subscribers willing to pay the highest premiums on the U.S. that they will only take their money if the device they uses says Verizon accrues the bottom.

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  1. hellno says

    Sorry Robb, verizon has got that covered too. They are always working against the customer. Word is:

    “The days of getting a non-VZW fone activated are over.
    VZW now will not activate any CDMA fone who’s ESN is not in their database, even for example, the exact same CDMA model (such as a RAZR), but made for another CDMA carrier such as Sprint or US cellular or Alltel. …
    They even closed the “loophole” that allowed you to get around it with the Online ESN changer …”
    http://forums.wirelessadvisor.com/verizon-wireless-users/55219-will-a-japanese-phone-with-verizon.html#post382272

    CanYouHearUsNow
    Protecting the rights of wireless consumers
    http://www.canyouhearusnow.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=2

  2. Thought says

    I agree with hellno: just because Sprint has unlocked the device doesn’t mean that VZW has to activate it. In fact, VZW will not activate an unlocked CDMA phone.

    The only way VZW will change is if their is sufficient economic incentive. The only type of incentive would be if customers in large numbers simply started leaving VZW as a form of protest against their less consumer friendly practices. That hasn’t happened yet and most likely will not.

    When you are with VZW, you in essence make a deal with the devil: you can screw me over bigtime, but I get to use a great network. Until someone else comes up with a network just as good but more consumer friendly, then VZW will remain the way they are.

  3. hellno says

    Thought,

    Remember it’s verizon who’s changing their network to the global, open, standard, GSM family of technologies (LTE). It will be interesting to see how verizon could keep up the anti-consumer corporate culture while upgrading their network to a know family of technologies based on open, standard, non-branded handsets.

  4. liza says

    That’s funny. I just tried to have my sprint bb 8830 unlocked to use when I’m in the UK and Sprint told me the can’t do that. Hmm..

  5. akstar (Lahore, Pakistan) says

    I would like to know how to unlock PANASONIC 810P mobile (Japanese mobile, softbank). Reply shall be highly obliged.

  6. DAVID DAVENPORT says

    TO WHOEVER GETS THIS E MAIL.PLEASE HELP ME GET MY METROPCS CELL PHONE ESN#UNBLOCK ESN IS 01807188604 METROPCS IS SO RUDE THEY REFUSE TO UNBLOCK ME ..I HAVE A HUAWEI M318 CELL PHONE THAT HAS A LCD PHONE SCREEN TECHNICAL PROBLEM I HAVE A BLACK SPOT ON MY PHONE THAT BLOCKS ME FROM READING TEXT MESSAGESES AND WHEN PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO CALL I WASN’T ABLE TO SEE THE AREA CODE AND PHONE NUMBER WERE THERE CALLING FROM…METROPCS ARE PHONE SCHAM HACKING SPAM RIP OFF COMPANY 1-877-51-METRO OR 1-866-863-8768 SURRION THE CLAIMS DEPARTMENT 1-866-862-3397 THEY DECLINE ME 13 TIMES AND METROPCS&SURRION REFUSE ALSO TO NOT SEND ME A REPLACEMENT PHONE …JUST BECAUSE A WOMAN NAME VALORIE DID NOT ISSUE ME INSURRANCE ON MY PHONE JUNE 2ND 2008 TOUCH DOWN WIRELESS 562-863-3126 METROPCS & SURRION CLAIMS DEPARTMENT REFUSE ME EVERYTIME ITS BEEN 4 MONTHS NOW AND 5 DAYS NO REPLACEMENT PHONE NO REPAIR DONE …HELP/HELP/

  7. Jenny1 says

    Hello,
    Thanks for the suggestion “Kesika” I checked the website you provided, but luckyly I checked the Google search as well and found the code is available for much lesser price on another website, and saved my self $20 as I had to unlock two HTC G1’s from T-mobile.

    http://imeiunlock.info/categories/Unlock-By-Brand/HTC-Android-Unlock-Code/
    above is the link incase you or someone else like to unlock their mobile phone, really liked the fast response and turnaround time was only 1 hour . Please always research before posting any links for best possible options to other users.
    Thanks

  8. says

    Free $75$! HURRY B4 IT’S LATE!!!! Sprint will send $75 to whoever just got a new service before January 9th and you have 2 WEEKS! On your new sprint phone call #733 and follow the ladies instructions. THE ONLY ACTIVE CODE IS: 7086066325 HURRY!!!!

  9. ashton1616 says

    need help. trying to convert my non sim card sprint bb curve to a boost berry how do i get it unlocked. the deal is i bought this phone off a friend who sold it to him, and i guess his friend didnt take his phone off the plan, because he purchased a new phone and got it unlocked and is using that one instead, but when i went to my local boost mobile dealer who also does a phone unlocking service. said that he is able to unlock it but i would have to get the phone taken off his sprint network. how do i do that? and if there is any way around that because i cant get ahold of his friend, to have him call customer service and fix it, because i need this done asap, as i am currently in desperate need of a working phone and im not gonna buy another one

  10. RiRi says

    I’m with the Sprint Network. I currently have a blackberry tour. I really want a blackberry storm but Sprint is telling me thats its impossible for me to buy an unlocked blackberry storm & use it with their network…is there a way I can??? I really want that phone! They said if the phone doesn’t have a Sprint logo then I can’t use it…

  11. alvin roi racelis says

    does any one know how to unlock my softbank toshiba 920t?.. pls..help me… my cousin bought it in japan last year.. when she came back here lst week she gave it to me.. but of course its lock, and i can’t use it, im really excited to use it. so pls help me.. pls. pls.pls.

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