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I typically re-sell my old phones vs trading them in.

I just replaced my Iphone 6s+ with an Iphone 8+. Sprint is my network.


When selling the 6S, can it be sold to anybody on any network or only Sprint? I didn't lease it etc, I bought it full price two years ago so its mine free and clear but wasn't sure who to advertise it to.
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Doesn't matter if you lease it or not. As long as the ESN is clean, you're good to go.

What does matter, is did you purchase your phone from Apple? or did you purchase your phone from Sprint?

Phones purchased for Apple are unlocked and will work on any band. If you bought the phone from Sprint, there is some trickery you have to do to unlock it. Sprint works on a CDMA legacy network, so your phone will not operate correctly on 2G, 3G on ATT, TMO which are GSM networks. Verizon is CDMA like Sprint, but I believe those bands are locked on a Sprint-bought phone and it might not work correctly on it, either.

Someone may correct me, but that is my understanding.

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Doesn't matter if you lease it or not. As long as the ESN is clean, you're good to go.

What does matter, is did you purchase your phone from Apple? or did you purchase your phone from Sprint?

Phones purchased for Apple are unlocked and will work on any band. If you bought the phone from Sprint, there is some trickery you have to do to unlock it. Sprint works on a CDMA legacy network, so your phone will not operate correctly on 2G, 3G on ATT, TMO which are GSM networks. Verizon is CDMA like Sprint, but I believe those bands are locked on a Sprint-bought phone and it might not work correctly on it, either.

Someone may correct me, but that is my understanding.
Apple hasn't made a CDMA only phone since the iPhone 5, I believe. His phone should work for all carriers.

I am not familiar with Sprint's phone locking policy, though.
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Apple hasn't made a CDMA only phone since the iPhone 5, I believe. His phone should work for all carriers.

I am not familiar with Sprint's phone locking policy, though.
That's more what I am curious about.
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Doesn't matter if you lease it or not. As long as the ESN is clean, you're good to go.

What does matter, is did you purchase your phone from Apple? or did you purchase your phone from Sprint?

Phones purchased for Apple are unlocked and will work on any band. If you bought the phone from Sprint, there is some trickery you have to do to unlock it. Sprint works on a CDMA legacy network, so your phone will not operate correctly on 2G, 3G on ATT, TMO which are GSM networks. Verizon is CDMA like Sprint, but I believe those bands are locked on a Sprint-bought phone and it might not work correctly on it, either.

Someone may correct me, but that is my understanding.
I bought it at Best Buy
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Apple hasn't made a CDMA only phone since the iPhone 5, I believe. His phone should work for all carriers.

I am not familiar with Sprint's phone locking policy, though.
Right, I know that some carriers lock phones to only use their bands/technology though which is more of what I was getting at.
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As far as I know, Verizon is the only company that sells their Iphones unlocked. The rest you have to call once the phone is paid off and have them unlock them. This is why I always buy my phones through Verizon, even though I use Verizon and T-mobile services.
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As far as I know, Verizon is the only company that sells their Iphones unlocked. The rest you have to call once the phone is paid off and have them unlock them. This is why I always buy my phones through Verizon, even though I use Verizon and T-mobile services.
Yeah i just finished talking to sprint, they are unlocking it for me now. Will be easier to resell.

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