Switching your old Sprint device to Verizon’s network can be a total cakewalk—if the phone is unlocked.
Can I bring my Sprint phone to Verizon?
Keep in mind, all cell phone networks want your business, so it’s more common than not that Verizon would accept a phone (See table below with phones that work on Verizon).
What does sharing the same radio network mean?
Sprint and Verizon operate under the CDMA network, while AT&T and T-Mobile fall under the GSM network. Because of this, it’s infinitely easier to switch from Sprint to Verizon than switching from Sprint to T-Mobile or AT&T.
Here’s the SparkNotes version of what that means: GSM stands for “global system for mobiles,” while CDMA stands for “code division multiple access.” Both acronyms describe the two biggest radio networks used in phones.
Does a phone need to be “unlocked” even though Sprint and Verizon use the same CDMA network?
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 Verizon’s network and unlocked in order for Verizon to access it.
Before making the switch, you’ll want to make sure your Sprint account is in good standing too. And be sure to stay on top of any fees associated with switching (such as an early termination fee from Sprint).
How do I unlock my Sprint phone?
In order to unlock your Sprint phone, it needs to have been active on the Sprint network for at least 50 days. Also, you need to fully pay off the device before you’re eligible to switch.
When you’re ready to unlock your phone, contact Sprint and provide the following information:
- Your Sprint account number and password
- The last 4 digits of your Social Security number
- Your cell phone’s ID number (usually the MEID or IMEI number)
How to find the MEID or IMEI number?
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IMEI (international mobile equipment identity) and MEID (mobile equipment identifier) numbers are 14-15 digit universal numbers that you can find on the back of your cellphone’s battery or by dialing *#06#.
Which Sprint cell phones work on Verizon’s network?
Except for the iPhone 5, almost all of Sprint’s newer devices can be unlocked and are compatible with Verizon. Again, it’s just up to Verizon to accept it.
To make sure your phone isn’t one of the bad apples (pun intended), check out Verizon’s page on bringing your own device.
List of phones that work on Verizon's network
|iPhone 5c||Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+|
|iPhone 5s||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|iPhone 6 / 6 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+|
|iPhone 6s / 6s Plus||LG G5|
|iPhone SE||LG G6 / G6+|
|iPhone 7 / 7 Plus||LG V30 / V30+|
|iPhone 8 / 8 Plus|
Will Verizon pay off your Sprint phone?
Unfortunately, no. As we mentioned above, your Sprint phone needs to be paid off in full before you can make the switch from Sprint to Verizon.
Remember, as long as you’ve done your part on Sprint’s end to be eligible to switch carriers and you have an unlocked phone that Verizon accepts, you’re good to go!