Yes, because if you want to flash your phone, a.k.a. reprogram it to a new carrier, it needs to be both compatible with Verizons network and unlocked in order for Verizon to access it. Before making the switch, youll want to make sure your Sprint account is in good standing too.
Will Verizon pay off my phone if I switch from Sprint?
Verizon will buy out your contract and cover early termination fees and device or lease buyouts from your old wireless provider.
What carrier Can I switch my Sprint phone to?
Sprint phones transfer most easily to Verizon since they both use the same technology to connect your phone. But just because both carriers use CDMA technology doesnt mean every phone will be a perfect fit. Always double-check your phones ID number with the carrier you want.
Can you use a Sprint phone with a different carrier?
Sprint and Verizon run on CDMA technology, T-Mobile and AT&T operate on GSM - as a general rule you wont be able to use your CDMA phone on a GSM network (some new iPhone 6s and Nexus phones may however work but you need to check).
Will a Verizon SIM work in a Sprint phone?
Sprint and Verizon operate under the same radio network, making devices between the two compatible. It just depends on if Verizon is willing to accept your device and if the phone is unlocked.
Can you switch to Verizon if you still owe on your phone?
You can recover the value of your phone through trade-in. line used at Verizon. If you have outstanding balance for device, you get up to $650. If you only paid ETF, you get up to $350.
What happens if I stop paying my phone contract?
If you dont pay your mobile phone contract, your account will go into arrears. Your mobile provider could cut your phone off so youre unable to make or receive calls. If you dont take steps to deal with the debt, your account will default and the contract will be cancelled.
Will my carrier know if I unlock my phone?
An unlocked phone will look identical to a locked phone, however. Nothing in the phones settings or elsewhere will tell you if your phone is locked. For example, the Carrier section of your phones settings only tells you which carriers SIM was last in the phone, youll never see this say “Unlocked”.