1. Coryarnold's Avatar
    I was given a Samsung S4 that was previously used with Verizon. I attempted to activate the S4 with Sprint. The customer service representative informed me that I would never be able to transfer the S4 to Sprint. I would like to know what I need to do to make it possible. Thank you so much.
    11-20-2015 08:02 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! See this site: Sprint Bring Your Own Phone & Device. It sounds like the range of compatible phones listed in the fine print is pretty limited.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-21-2015 02:25 AM
  3. jeffmd's Avatar
    Was just doing some quick searching around on this myself, it looks like bringing phones between sprint and Verizon is the most difficult transfer you can do, and when I say most difficult I mean it can't be done.

    A "good" phone on a cdma network generally has 2 choices. You can swap in a GSM SIM card and live on a GSM carrier while living with the issue if missing bands (so in some areas you will be 2g/3g restricted), and working with the SAME network on one of its prepaid MVNOs. Both sprint and verizon have been improving the BYOD life of its prepaid carriers by allowing its own phones to traverse over its own network on other MVNOs.

    However like brothers that hate each other, the line is drawn between sprint and verizon. This might have to do with the fact that CDMA carriers can just be SIM unlocked and the carrier could care less, the SIM card handles the numbers on the GSM networks. But with CDMA the carriers would need to manage a shared database of each others phone identification numbers, and that is to much work.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-21-2015 09:12 PM

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