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.
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.
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.
Sprint Cell Phone Plans
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.
MVNO Cell Phone Plans
Sprint Coverage Map
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)|
|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|
|Rhode Island||92.96%||1,092 mi²|
|South Carolina||61.27%||19,126 mi²|
|South Dakota||3.25%||2,499 mi²|
|West Virginia||58.99%||14,286 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