- 02-03-2011, 06:40 PM #26
You'll have better luck with little local carriers. Sprint and Verizon do not and will not typically activate any device that is not supported on their network.
Now if you have a Sprint curve and Verizon carried the same exact one, maybe a nice employee would bring that over and it wouldn't get flagged eventually, since they carry that device. But devices that are not supported probably will always be a no go.
- 02-04-2011, 01:22 PM #27iPhone Intermediate
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smaller CDMA networks will not either. Because when you go to activate a phone, you need the "itemID." You don't have an ItemID with the iPhone on the Sprint or other networks, such as US Cellular. Whether or not the ESN will work you need the ID. It's not in their database, it will not work.
- 02-04-2011, 01:27 PM #28
As iMuggles stated, I dont see Sprint activating this on their network. If users want iPhones, then stop being cheap and go to a real network. You get what you pay for.
Also, why is this thread stickied? Nobody cares by the amount of posts to this thread
- 02-04-2011, 03:18 PM #29
- 02-04-2011, 03:20 PM #30
I initially was told and believed the Verizon to Sprint transition would be a fairly easy one to make. Now I've all but given up hope.
Now I' just about ready to switch my services and pay an ETF of $500 to go where the phone is instead of waiting for it to come to me.
- 02-07-2011, 11:45 AM #31
Best data network, unbeatable phones...
Look, Iphone vs. Android is almost exactly like Mac vs. PC, only without crappy Microsoft software. Android gets the job done no matter what the job is. You get to wait for features and software with the Iphone. The first 4G network still has the fastest data speeds with the broadest coverage areas. Here in the DFW metroplex, the data link speeds in order of best to worst are Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and ATT. ATT gets a slight nod on coverage in this region, but only through ancient analog equipment.
It took four years for Sprint's WiMax build out to reach this area. The other carriers just announced their 4G plans with prototype networks as the only current coverage areas. If you want a hot data phone in the DFW, Sprint really is the only choice and any Android is better than an Iphone in terms of performing a specific task. Forget moving your CDMA Iphone 4 to Sprint, just get an EVO.
- 02-09-2011, 03:58 PM #32
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- 02-11-2011, 01:55 PM #34
That is true. But the fact is that they do take a while and that can drive people to other platforms and the reason why android is doing so well. The only ones who don't care are loyal Apple fans and those who are not loyal but like the iPhone.
- 02-12-2011, 04:38 PM #35
- 02-15-2011, 08:13 AM #36
The more I read, the more i think this is possible. First, you would need to obtain the MSL for the Verizon device to obtain access to the data programming menu. Then you would need the same kind of access on a Sprint device. Essentially you could copy your Sprint Vision username and password from the SPrint device and enter it into the Verizon iPhone. Of course this is a simplified explanation and doesn't cover a lot of possibilities. For instance, it might be possible that once you do that, Sprint's servers will reject your device because the MSID attached to the VZW device does not match what's attached to your username. This would mean you'd also have to devise a way to change the MSID of the ViPhone. Another possibility is that you may be able to get calls and even data working but things like MMS and SMS wouldn't work because you'd need to know the message routing settings. I know they've figured this out on WinMo and Android devices but it's going to take someone dedicated enough to investigate this to see if it will work.
- 02-16-2011, 12:52 AM #37
Im surprised no one has mentioned this but, I read up with all the people on the Sprint network converting Verizons Palm Pre + to work on the Sprint network. A.K.A. "FrankenPre".
How did they do it?
You had to do some hardware swapping. Take the radio from a Palm Pre - and stick it in the Palm Pre plus.
Can you somehow hack the iPhone to convert it? Good question. Im not entirely sure. I do believe that the radios on Verizon and Sprints phones work on specific frequencies that radios are physically built (baked in) to send/receive... or I could have this software concept horribly distorted.
- 02-16-2011, 12:54 AM #38
- 03-04-2011, 11:16 AM #39
I do agree that Verizon does need to allow the device on their network and from my experience, I have NEVER been turned down from activating a device from any other carrier. I have put blackberry storms on Sprint and the Palm Pre and Instinct on Verizon. So yes it can be done.
- 03-04-2011, 11:56 AM #40
Granted this is the 'other way around'...
But I used to purchase Sprint Treo's from eBay, flash them to use the Verizon Firmware and sell them on eBay for a profit. Verizon Treo's were traditionally more expensive than the Sprint-labeled Treo's and never had a problem with customer's activating the ex-Sprint Treo on Verizon.
I didn't have to change the ESN. I believe you may be able to do this with enough persistance... how about somebody try?
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