1. se93an's Avatar
    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.
    08-06-2013 04:10 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    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.
    08-06-2013 04:12 PM
  3. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Yes, the phone is locked to Sprint and can only be used on Sprint's network, unless you got it unlocked.
    08-06-2013 04:13 PM
  4. se93an's Avatar
    So if u get it unlocked it will be good to go?
    08-06-2013 04:14 PM
  5. se93an's Avatar
    So if i unlock it i will be good to go?
    08-06-2013 04:15 PM
  6. kch50428's Avatar
    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.
    08-06-2013 04:16 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    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.
    08-06-2013 04:20 PM
  8. StayClassy101's Avatar
    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
    08-06-2013 04:50 PM
  9. se93an's Avatar
    Why do bars show up then?
    08-06-2013 04:51 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    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.
    08-06-2013 04:53 PM
  11. tuffy100's Avatar
    Verizon's iPhones are unlocked but Sprint's aren't. So no, it wouldn't work unless you already got it unlocked.
    08-07-2013 01:00 AM
  12. John Yester's Avatar
    It is unlocked for the GSM networks, not CDMA.
    08-07-2013 11:40 AM
  13. eomligutw's Avatar
    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
    08-07-2013 03:01 PM

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