In this article, you will be informed on how to Unlock Sprint iPhone with the best and feasible solutions for permanent results. Of course, you can always watch our iPhone Sprint Unlock episode if you prefer video from text.
UPDATED ON: 08/11/2018
Why Unlock my Sprint phone?
There are many reasons behind iPhone Unlocking:
- Use a refurbished iPhone you bought when it is locked to Sprint
- Use any SIM-Card/Mobile Network you want Worldwide
- Travel to any country you want and avoid roaming fees by using local SIM Cards
- Switch between Carriers with better pricing/signal/offers
- Increase the resale value of your iPhone
But only one thing is stopping you from doing anything from above and it is no other than the SIM Lock.
If you search in Google for “Unlock Sprint iPhone” term to find a solution for your iPhone, then you will probably see around 1 million results. This makes it very difficult to pick a service which will be trustworthy and guaranteed.
There are only a few SIM unlocking methods that might be able to Unlock a Sprint iPhone, but there are also a few risks. This is actually a problem most people have because too many companies claim that they support Sprint Unlock for ANY iPhone model in any situation. So let’s dig into all the available methods, and see which method works and which doesn’t! This is why UtraSnow Blog is here after all.
All Available methods to unlock Sprint iPhone
I will just list you all the available methods, how they work and what are the risks. After that, you are free to Unlock Sprint iPhone with any method you can or want! Not all of them will be suitable for your iPhone and also, not all of them have permanent results.
1. Can unlock Sprint iPhone with Software?
If you have unlocked a Sprint iPhone before 2015, there was Ultrasn0w Software which only worked on specific iPhone models (iPhone 2G/3G/3Gs/4) on specific iOS (Up to iOS 6.1.6) and specific basebands. Apple managed to secure all its iPhones and iOS for several years and right now it is impossible for any kind of software to support iPhone Unlock in general. So, maybe if you have an iPhone 4 or older, this method might work for you.
2. The Sprint iPhone Unlock Hardware method
These pieces of crap still exist today. iPhone Unlock Hardware like R-SIM, Turbo SIM and GPP SIM are taking advantage of iOS and Hardware exploits and tricks the SIM Lock mechanism that allows or blocks the use of other SIM-Cards by squeezing them inside the SIM Slot with a SIM spoofing tool.
These SIM Interposers work only on specific iPhone models and iOS versions, have a really low success rate and serious after effects, from losing signal completely or low voice quality to even destroying the SIM Tray. I tested all of them and you can find out more by clicking on the link above.
Despite being really cheap, the problem is that Apple is constantly updating iOS versions in order to patch those exploits and even if this lousy method somehow works on your Sprint iPhone, you won’t be able to update your iOS ever again because it will lose it’s unlocked status.
3. Sprint's network iPhone Unlock Services
Yes, Sprint like any other Carrier gives you the ability to unlock your iPhone through them under very specific conditions.
- Your iPhone must be eligible for Sprint Unlock
- It can’t be blacklisted
- Active on the Sprint network for a minimum of 50 days
- 12 months for Prepaid Sprint iPhones
- The associated account must be in good standing
- Demands the account number or full account holder’s name and I mean the account that is locking the phone
If you are the original owner of a Sprint iPhone then simply call Sprint (believe it or not, they don’t have an online iPhone Unlock Service) and find out if you can remove the SIM Lock.
If they reject you or you are holding a used Sprint iPhone in your hands then the nest to options are exactly what you need.
4. IMEI iPhone Sprint Unlock Method
Others call it Official iPhone Unlock or simply Factory Unlock Service but no matter how you call it, this service is the only one that can provide you with guaranteed and permanent results without iPhone model or iOS restrictions because it will whitelist your iPhone’s IMEI number from GSMA databases, and mark it as UNLOCKED.
So, you will only need the IMEI number of the Sprint iPhone in order to use it and despite the fact that Sprint is not involved with this procedure at all, there are still a few requirements.
- Sprint offers a special service to their uses which is called SPCS (Sprint Personal Communications Service). You can only unlock a Sprint iPhone if SPCS is enabled.
- The iPhone can’t be Blacklisted (Lost/Stolen/ Fraud/Replaced)
But if you live inside the USA there is a major issue. You will be able to use your unlocked Sprint iPhone anywhere in the world except for the USA. If you live in another country then this won’t be a problem but what happens if you do?
5. Sprint Domestic Unlock iPhone Service
In this case, there is Semi-Premium IMEI iPhone Unlock Service but it only supports Sprint iPhones with Unpaid Bills. This time you will be able to use the phone inside the States but unfortunately, only with Sprint SIM Cards. But in the end, it is something out of nothing.
Like it or not, these are your available options. If it happened to see any other service which promises to unlock Sprint iPhone inside the USA besides Sprint Network itself then you are dealing with a pure scam. You now have all the knowledge to choose the right method that suits your needs.
Leave a comment below and tell us what you think or ask a question if you need help with unlocking your iPhone. Until next time, take care.