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    I bought a used sprint iphone 5. I put my verizon sim card in. I restored it on itunes successfully. I have bars on the top left of my screen and 3g. But i cannot text or make phone calls. Am i missing something(improper set up/activation). Any help would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: Sprint to verizon

    Quote Originally Posted by se93an View Post
    I bought a used sprint iphone 5. I put my verizon sim card in. I restored it on itunes successfully. I have bars on the top left of my screen and 3g. But i cannot text or make phone calls. Am i missing something(improper set up/activation). Any help would be appreciated.
    Verizon will not activate any device that was not OEM'ed for them specifically on their legacy CDMA network systems.
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    Default Re: Sprint to verizon

    Yes, the phone is locked to Sprint and can only be used on Sprint's network, unless you got it unlocked.
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    So if u get it unlocked it will be good to go?
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    So if i unlock it i will be good to go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by se93an View Post
    So if u get it unlocked it will be good to go?
    No. You would have to have Verizon activate the device's CDMA - MEID in their systems - and since the phone was OEMed for Sprint, they won't activate it.
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    Default Re: Sprint to verizon

    Quote Originally Posted by se93an View Post
    So if u get it unlocked it will be good to go?
    Not necessarily. As Keith stated, Verizon will not activate any device that was not OEM'ed for them specifically on their legacy CDMA network systems. However, you will be able to insert a sim from AT&T, T-mobile and other GSM networks. Anyway, as I stated above, your phone is not working because it is locked to Sprint's network.
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    Default Re: Sprint to verizon

    Quote Originally Posted by se93an View Post
    I bought a used sprint iphone 5. I put my verizon sim card in. I restored it on itunes successfully. I have bars on the top left of my screen and 3g. But i cannot text or make phone calls. Am i missing something(improper set up/activation). Any help would be appreciated.
    Escape Verizon while you can!! Lol
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    Why do bars show up then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by se93an View Post
    Why do bars show up then?
    Does it Say Verizon or Sprint? IF it says Verizon, you're seeing VZW's LTE only... or if it shows 3G... you're seeing Sprint's network, but can't use it.
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    Default Re: Sprint to verizon

    Verizon's iPhones are unlocked but Sprint's aren't. So no, it wouldn't work unless you already got it unlocked.
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    It is unlocked for the GSM networks, not CDMA.
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    Default Re: Sprint to verizon

    Hi Justme'D,

    I have a similar problem where I bought a used iphone 5 locked to spring. I want to be able to use it with tmobile but so far I have tried every avenue to UNLOCK the phone from Sprint and I have not been able to. I have tried going to Spring, to Apple, to tmobile themselves and to vendors that unlock phones for you and all of them said they were not unlock it. Sprint said it could unlock it but they wanted to tie me down to a 2 year plan before unlocking the phone. So I know the phone can be unlocked - I just need help as to how I can sucessfully unlock it. Any ideas? Thanks

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