If you want to switch to Sprint you’re in luck because it’s easier than ever to do. Contracts are nearly a thing of the past, and good deals are around every corner. However, if you decide to bring your own phone (BYOP) when you move to Sprint, there are a few hoops to jump through. Read on for more.

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Steps to Switch to Sprint and BYOP

  • Make sure your phone can be used on Sprint’s network by checking your phone’s IMEI.
  • Check your current plan and see if there are stipulations that wouldn’t allow you to switch to Sprint.
  • Make sure your phone is paid off, then call your carrier to unlock it.
  • Check Sprint coverage in your area.
  • Research and compare the best Sprint Plans for you using the Let’s Talk search engine.
  • Order a SIM kit online from Sprint
  • Activate your plan.
  • Sprint will cancel your current plan and port your number for you.

Let’s Talk Tip: Before you activate, don’t cancel your current cell phone plan. That could delete your current cell phone number, and you’ll have to start from scratch with a new one from Sprint. Sprint will take care of canceling your previous account and transferring (also called porting) your number to your new plan.

Is Your Phone Compatible?

If you want to switch to Sprint and BYOP, you have to make sure it’s compatible first. Some network-bought phones don’t mesh with other networks, and that could be a roadblock. To check compatibility, type your IMEI into the Sprint IMEI database. Sprint will then tell you if your IMEI can work on their network.

Newer phones are generally compatible across all carriers, but older AT&T and T-Mobile phones may be trickier to move to Sprint

Switch from AT&T and T-Mobile to Sprint

Taking AT&T or T-Mobile phones to Sprint can be tricky because the Sprint network runs on a type of technology that doesn’t jive with AT&T or T-Mobile devices. If you have an older phone, it’s possible you’ll have to purchase a new phone from Sprint. Newer phone models, though, tend to transfer between networks without issue.

Switch from Verizon to Sprint

If You’re looking to take your Verizon phone to Sprint, you shouldn’t have any problems at all. Sprint and Verizon use the same type of technology for their networks, making transferring especially easy.


Each carrier has their own device unlocking policy. Some carriers require that you have an active account with them for a minimum period before they will unlock your phone.

Check your carrier’s phone unlocking policy first before signing up for a new phone plan.

Unlocking Your Phone

If your phone still has payments left on it, you’ll likely have a problem getting your phone unlocked by your carrier. This poses a problem since you need your phone unlocked so you can use it with a Sprint SIM card. In addition, some carriers have additional requirements before they will unlock your phone.

If you meet all of the device unlocking eligibility requirements, contact your current carrier and ask to have your phone unlocked.


Cell Phone Plans

Need help finding the best Sprint plan for you? Although the carrier no longer offers prepaid plans, they have a variety of postpaid plans that you can bring your phone to.

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You can get Sprint’s coverage on a cheaper plan by choosing a Sprint MVNO

It’s important to remember that although Sprint does have some great inexpensive plans, there are more than a dozen other carriers (known as MVNOs) that operate on Sprint’s network. Check out the many Sprint MVNO plans below. To compare all of the plans, use the Let’s Talk search engine.

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Sprint Coverage Map

Although Sprint’s coverage breadth in the United States is smaller than AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile’s, that doesn’t mean the coverage in your area isn’t great.

Below is a coverage map of all the major carriers. You can toggle between the four maps to see how well each network covers your specific area.


Sprint Coverage by State

State Percentage Covered Mile Covered (mi²)
Alabama 35.90% 18,582 mi²
Alaska 0% 0 mi²
Arizona 23.68% 27,084 mi²
Arkansas 31.3% 16,664 mi²
California 36.44% 57,715 mi²
Colorado 22.6% 23,559 mi²
Connecticut 94.43% 4,751 mi²
Delaware 94.49% 1,929 mi²
Florida 82.63% 48,487 mi²
Georgia 44.42% 26,109 mi²
Hawaii 59.10% 4,040 mi²
Idaho 21.59% 17,922 mi²
Illinois 78.45% 44,201 mi²
Indiana 80.89% 29,297 mi²
Iowa 35.21% 19,869 mi²
Kansas 24.39% 20,070 mi²
Kentucky 56.23% 26,278 mi²
Louisiana 56.23% 26,278 mi²
Maine 84.71% 7,073 mi²
Maryland 90.75% 9,903 mi²
Massachusetts 84.62% 7,065 mi²
Michigan 55.07% 32,841 mi²
Minnesota 52.05% 43,990 mi²
Mississippi 95.25% 45,426 mi²
Missouri 56.21% 39,145 mi²
Montana 0% 0 mi²
Nebraska 7.7% 6,044 mi²
Nevada 7.17% 7,991 mi²
New Hampshire 31.94% 3,083 mi²
New Jersey 95.96% 7,419 mi²
New Mexico 15.52% 18,627 mi²
New York 50.86% 24,904 mi²
North Carolina 58.18% 29,442 mi²
North Dakota 5.99% 4,193 mi²
Ohio 81.46% 33,262 mi²
Oklahoma 44.38% 31,021 mi²
Oregon 18.57% 18,054 mi²
Pennsylvania 65.96% 29,888 mi²
Rhode Island 92.96% 1,092 mi²
South Carolina 61.27% 19,126 mi²
South Dakota 3.25% 2,499 mi²
Tennessee 50.16% 21,120 mi²
Texas 52.84% 140,984 mi²
Utah 18.49% 15,427 mi²
Vermont 31.42% 3,022 mi²
Virginia 71.77% 29,287 mi²
Washington 27.95% 19,127 mi²
West Virginia 58.99% 14,286 mi²
Wisconsin 42.79% 23,973 mi²
Wyoming 2.01% 1,994 mi²


Sprint Pros and Cons

Let’s Talk Pros

  • Generally cheaper than other networks
  • Discounts for senior citizens (55+)
  • Discounts for military personnel
  • Perks like Hulu on unlimited plans

Let’s Talk Cons

  • Sprint network offers the weakest coverage of the big four
  • Offers only postpaid plans, not prepaid
  • Doesn’t have a great customer service rating