To start at the beginning, this is my girlfriend's phone that's be deactivated for over a year. Last week we called to check the ESN, and the Sprint rep said it was ready to be activated again. We went into a Sprint store to activate the phone, and it kept showing "Error 1000015: Error in service amdocs.APILink.backend.services.poValItemBySN00@cb2f6d" Nobody in the store knew what that mean, and the lady at the store got a ticket number and called for support, but they didn't really know what was going on either. In the end I was told that the phone cannot be activated because it's unlocked and there's nothing that can be done to fix that--considering that I fix cell phones and computers for a living, I knew that was just a cop-out because they really didn't know what the problem was (an unlocked phone should be ready to be activated). The lady at the store used jailbroken and locked interchangeably like they're the same thing or something. I have personally jailbroken numerous iphones that continued to work on Sprint or be activated on Sprint, so can someone please tell me what is actually going on here?
Thanks so much in advance. I also apologize if I sound a little irritable, I just don't like it when people who don't have a clue what they are talking about try to convince me that, despite years of experience, I'm wrong and they are experts on the matter, even though they don't understand that there's a big difference between jailbreaking and unlocking a phone.
Oh yeah, and this is a Sprint Iphone that was purchased from sprint.com approximately 1 1/2 years ago. So this is without a doubt a Sprint phone (unless sprint.com sales non-Sprint phones in mountainous regions where Sprint has little service and then sub-contracts the service out to other carriers?)
The phone was jailbroken, but not unlocked (this is to the best of my knowledge). And I'm trying to use the phone on an existing Sprint phone number. Thanks.
I went to the Sprint store, 3 different employees tried to do the swap and everytime it came back with the error message I gave in the original post, I'll give the chat a try in just a minute.