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AT&T phone on sprint?

BILLANDDEB2006 Newbie
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So, my Palm Pre dies 2 months before I can upgrade (Ive been waiting patiently for the iphone)

A friend of mine has an old Iphone he could give me to hold me over for a couple months until my upgrade kicks in.

He said it is an AT&T Iphone ( about 2 years old )

Would I be able to activate it on sprint? and do they charge an activation fee?

I'm not worried about the phone being stolen, and I'm sure the esn is fine.

Thanks

Bill

  • 1. AT&T phone on sprint?
    tomdeaver Sprint Employee
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    Unfortunately, AT&T uses GSM which is not compatible with Sprint's CDMA technology.  Not to mention, Sprint has a "closed" list of ESN's that can be activated to our network.  So even a Verizon or US Cellular phone, which also uses the same CDMA technology, will not activate to our network. 

     

    Have you checked out our "pre-owned" phones on sprint.com?  We have many pre-owned phones available for less than $80.  Just click Shop and Phones at the top of the page, then filter your search on the left by check-marking "pre-owned." 

     

    Good luck,

     

    Tom

  • 2. AT&T phone on sprint?
    BILLANDDEB2006 Newbie
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    Well Tom, thanks for an answer. Although it kinda ****** me off that I am being held hostage here.

    I usually have good luck with sprint in the past with issues I was having. Not this time I guess.

    I will be forced to add a line to my family plan for $20 plus the $10, and pay $200 for the iphone, and immediately cancel the line with the broken phone and pay the $100 early cancel fee, and lose my number.

    End result, an extra $10 per month, pay $200 for iphone 4s, and throw away $100 to cancel early, and have to let about 400 people know I have a new number.

    That blows, but thanks for your clear answer.

  • 3. AT&T phone on sprint?
    tomdeaver Sprint Employee
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    Or you could get a refurbished/pre-owned phone now, and wait 2 months to avoid all that.  Just sayin...

     

    Tom

  • 4. AT&T phone on sprint?
    GodschildNicole Silver Expert
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    If you have TEP you can get a replacement through Asurion.

  • 5. Re: AT&T phone on sprint?
    BILLANDDEB2006 Newbie
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    I don't have TEP.

    Tom, when I activate another phone, whether it be a pre owned from sprint off the website, or if someone lends me a sprint phone, will I have to pay the $35 activation fee or whatever it is?

     

    I just put out an APB on facebook, and someone can give me their old blackberry

  • 6. Re: AT&T phone on sprint?
    GodschildNicole Silver Expert
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    Just make sure that the ESN is clean and depending on the Blackberry is considered a smartphone so you would have to pay the $10.00 Premium data fee. It's not a activation fee if you switch devices.

  • 7. Re: AT&T phone on sprint?
    GodschildNicole Silver Expert
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    I forgot to clarify the activation fee is only on new lines and upgrades, but just switching no

  • 8. Re: AT&T phone on sprint?
    BILLANDDEB2006 Newbie
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    Great, thanks.

    I have a smartphone now (palm pre). My wife got a LG rumor a couple months ago and that's not considered a smartphone, so we weren't charged the $10 premium data at that time.

    I remember the salesman telling me when I upgrade next time ( cause i need to have all the latest toys), I would have to be charged the $10 at that time.

    I plan on turining in my airrave when I get the iphone anyway, so it'll only be a net loss of $5 per month for me,lol

     

    Currently on the family unlimited $129 plan

     

    Thanks for the help guys

  • 9. AT&T phone on sprint?
    Levi4u Master
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    BILLANDDEB2006, Call and ask to speak to account services and see if they will offer you to "Buy Up", What they will have you do is pay $5 less your ETF and will allow you to purchase a new phone at new customer pricing. Your ETF is $50, So it would be $45 to buy up, $199 for the iPhone, $36 upgrade fee and you keep your number. They may even be able to waive the $5 per month on the airave if your in a spotty or fring area. Hardley anyone get charged for the airave fees anymore.

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