1. justinsaneeeee's Avatar
    Ok I have a big question for everyone. I have a Epic Touch and the ESN is locked on a account that is suspended. Is it true if I get it unlocked I can reactivate it on a new Sprint account? Even tho it was previously on a suspended account.
    12-26-2011 11:11 PM
  2. crankless's Avatar
    afaik as long as the esn is blacklisted there's no 'legal' way around it

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk
    12-27-2011 12:03 AM
  3. IAmSixNine's Avatar
    Unlocking does not apply here at all.
    Unlocking a device refers back to GSM devices that were locked to specific carriers due to subsidy locks. Once you unlocked it the device was available to work on any GSM carrier, as long as it had the right radios in it. ie 800, 900, 1.8 or 1.9.
    CDMA devices are not locked. They are software specific to the carrier. The ESN is programmed into the carriers system and thats how they track it and bill you.
    Now with that said, if a device on Sprint is blacklisted, either lost, stolen or past due account then the vast majority of times they will not release it.
    Its good for WiFI, or parts, or you can root it, and flash it with a custom ROM that would work with Metro PCS. They would then add the ESN to their system and activate it.
    12-27-2011 11:34 AM
  4. justinsaneeeee's Avatar
    Thing is I bought the phone from my other account lost my job so phone got shut off on my sprint account but now im able to open a new sprint account because the first one was an employee account from my job and is not under my name....so does anyone know how to get this phone to work on a new sprint account any backdoors they can help me with I just hate that I spent a lot of money on the phone and now it is worthless.
    12-27-2011 04:21 PM
  5. IAmSixNine's Avatar
    Unfortunately you didnt do your research before buying the thing.
    IF your going to open a new account why buy a used phone? Carriers give the biggest discounts for new accounts / new activations.
    12-27-2011 04:36 PM
  6. AZwldcats's Avatar
    Is the account in a Past Due or or Collections status? WHat do you exactly mean by suspended?

    If it is just closed with a Zero balance and the phone has not been reported lost/stolen you can move the phone to a new account no problem. You can even open the account with No contract.

    You can also call Sprint to have them check the ESN on the phone to see if it is clean. If it is you are good to go.
    12-27-2011 04:43 PM
  7. srkmagnus's Avatar
    You will need to clear the debt with the carrier before the phone can be reactivated. It's as simple as that. If you can't work out an immediate plan to resolve the matter I am sure the carrier will allow you to do some type of payment method to clear the debt and unlock the devices ESN for activation on another account.
    12-27-2011 07:29 PM
  8. justinsaneeeee's Avatar
    welp that is pretty stupid now I wasted 200 bucks ....womp womp womppp. and it is not zeroed out it im sure they owe money. I thought there was a way to changed the ESN from the phone like make a fake ESN. I mean their has to be a way around that im sure.
    12-28-2011 10:51 PM
  9. IAmSixNine's Avatar
    Thats not going to work on several levels.
    The first thing - its illegal to modify or change the ESN on these devices.
    Second thing, you would then have to get Sprint to load the NEW Esn into their system, which they do not do.
    Put it on Craigs List and be honest about it, Someone who wants to flash it to Metro will be more then happy to buy it.
    OR since its working, theres a guy in another posting who broke his, needs a screen but cant find any parts suppliers.
    I am sure you can work a deal out with him and recoup most of your money..
    Being out 200 bucks sucks but being out 50 bucks sucks even less.
    12-29-2011 09:45 AM
  10. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Good suggestion, IAmSixNine.
    12-29-2011 11:33 AM
  11. Louis B's Avatar
    Hi all
    My first time on this site-please be gentle with me....
    Is it possible to unlock a Sprint Epic Touch 4G? I am locked in to a 2 year contract.
    I would like to be able to take this phone to the UK ,Europe, and Canada and put in their local SIM cards
    I have tried to get this phone unlocked, but as soon as they find out it is a 4G and from Sprint, I'm told it is impossible
    Any help is greatly appreciated
    Many thanks
    Louis
    05-20-2012 01:16 AM
  12. Uglyfido's Avatar
    Louis, you have been told correctly. You cannot take a Sprint CDMA phone and use it on a GSM network. The E4GT does not have a SIM card at all. I will refer you to post #3 in this thread for a more precise explanation.
    05-20-2012 12:58 PM
  13. Suszie Schreiber's Avatar
    You mention that there is a way to flash the Samsung Epic Touch by Sprint in order to use it on another carrier such as Metro PCS. Well I would like to know how to do that, as I have this phone, lost my job, could not pay off the the Sprint account, it is now in collections. However, I had to have a phone so I went with Metro PCS, and bought the Samsung Attain(UGH, like stepping back in time!!!). I did not think I could use my Samsung Epic, but just started today trying to find a way, as I LOVE that phone!!!! Can you direct me on how to Flash it, it is rooted, and has Superuser status enabled. Thank you for your help this will make a great combo Birthday gift and Christmas gift to myself!!!!!
    12-12-2012 03:47 PM
  14. robertnv's Avatar
    I flashed the exact phone to Cricket. Worked great! The easiest way is to check Craigslist/for sale /cellphones for local company that can Flash and Unlock your phone.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
    12-12-2012 04:05 PM
  15. ken taylor1's Avatar
    Well i know the cure to those who have locked sprint and verizon phone. It's called Remote flash it com.They'll flash just about all smart phones.Unlocking is a term used with sim card based phone like Tmobile. Reprograming is all that CDMA phones require. Some call it flashing. You can go Boost or Straight talk. Doesn't matter if your phone is blacklisted or you have a balance remaining so try them out.
    03-05-2013 02:02 AM
  16. mytechexp's Avatar
    Ken Do you know what is the procedure to take my sprint phone and flash it with metro? What do I need to do first?
    04-10-2013 02:24 PM
  17. vincent08's Avatar
    Get the unlock code from any phone unlocking website.
    07-03-2013 08:08 AM
  18. fetterov's Avatar
    Ken Do you know what is the procedure to take my sprint phone and flash it with metro? What do I need to do first?
    Metro is gsm network it uses a sim card. So unless its both gsm and CDMA then you can't flash to metro
    02-19-2015 11:02 AM
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