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Old 10-31-2009, 01:02 AM
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<SPRINT> SIM Card question

I did some searches and didnt find an answer so I wanted to ask.

Im familiar with SIM Cards in phones for use in keeping your Subscriber info intact. I.e. Pull the sim card out and slide it into another phone and you can use that phone as your own. Useful for when you do upgrades.

So now the question is. Is this how sprint is using it? Is the sprint SIM already unlocked or do I need to get OliPro's unlocker? Why would I want it unlocked? What are the benefits of this?

Do I need to unlock it to travel internationally (im planning a trip to japan and would like to use my TP2 there)

I guess in the long run, aside from the basic purposes of a SIM Card, Im not familiar with how they are in relation to sprint as I have never had a sim card before.

If there is anything else you can think of that would be useful about it, by all means please add that. Heck, maybe we can make a sticky "All About Sim Cards" LOL

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Old 10-31-2009, 02:18 AM
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I did some searches and didnt find an answer so I wanted to ask.

Im familiar with SIM Cards in phones for use in keeping your Subscriber info intact. I.e. Pull the sim card out and slide it into another phone and you can use that phone as your own. Useful for when you do upgrades.

So now the question is. Is this how sprint is using it? Is the sprint SIM already unlocked or do I need to get OliPro's unlocker? Why would I want it unlocked? What are the benefits of this?

Do I need to unlock it to travel internationally (im planning a trip to japan and would like to use my TP2 there)

I guess in the long run, aside from the basic purposes of a SIM Card, Im not familiar with how they are in relation to sprint as I have never had a sim card before.

If there is anything else you can think of that would be useful about it, by all means please add that. Heck, maybe we can make a sticky "All About Sim Cards" LOL

Thanks!
for the sprint verizon u do not need the sim unlocker for international travel! u only need it if u plan on using domestic carriers(us gsm)

Verizon on the other hand needs the sim unlocker unless they got it for free from verizon like myself!!
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:20 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

If I dont like sprints prices then, I would need it to say, rent a sim card there and use it, correct?
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:13 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

Ya after you SIM unlock you phone


posted in irc but maybe others can use it.....http://www.myworldphone.com/storeite...cc=prepaid-sim
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:17 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

Gotcha, ok. Makes sense now.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:18 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

You do not need to unlock your phone. Sprint is Sim-unlocked. meaning any sim will work with the phone. Sprint is Radio Locked to restrict use of the US based GSM towers. Since you are going to Japan then you can pick up a card there or use the Sprint service... You only need to Sim-unlock the Sprint phone if you want to unlock the radio for use on the US based GSM towers with a US GSM carrier.

Hope this sheds some light.

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Old 10-31-2009, 04:23 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

Ok, just make sure I have this straight.

Sprint TP2 works in other countries (specifically Japan)
Sprint TP2 is unlocked as far as using another countries SIM card. So I dont *need* to buy the OliPro Simcard unlocker.

So Essentially i am good to go without having to change anything.

So this brings another question... Is there an advantage to unlocking the US GSM radio?
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:32 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

You can always buy a pre-paid sim card and use U.S. GSM network, but you have you buy one or have a service with one.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:33 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

From my understanding This is true. It will work in another country with their sim card. There was another post on here that proved that it worked in no US countries.

As far as the benifits for being Sim Unlocked for sprint is you can use the Unlocked radio where you can lets say put in a T-Mobile sim or At&T sim and use the US towers. Why you would want to do this not a reason at this time that I can think of except Prepaid sims here in the US just in case you cancel your account forget your bill ect you can buy a prepaid sim and use it. Me personally I dont plan on travelling out of the country any time soon. Wont ever switch to or use GSM towers. IMO there really is no point.

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Old 10-31-2009, 04:35 AM
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Re: <SPRINT> SIM Card question

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You can always buy a pre-paid sim card and use U.S. GSM network, but you have you buy one or have a service with one.
Why would I want to do that, or are saying that for japan. Sorry if I seem like a noob. Well.. I guess I am a noob as far as GSM and international stuff goes. First time ive had a phone that would do it, and first time Im traveling internationally.
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