It may be easiest to migrate your number to their service instead. If I get an iPhone on Sprint or if I buy a used iPhone, can I move it onto Virgin Mobile? Virgin Mobile offers some unbeatable iPhone deals, but beware the hassles of getting a replacement. No more discussion on the subject myself. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I waited five hours -- no call. Rather than hassling with getting Virgin and Sprint to play nice with each other, why not just buy a Sprint phone on Ebay? I called Virgin Mobile again, and again reached someone right away. I asked them that if I bring in the soon-to-be unlocked phone here Virgin is a subsidiary of Bell if I can hook it up on Virgin.
Although the iPhone was activated, it wasn't getting service. Would all this stop me from buying another phone from Virgin? Since most newer phones only load the carrier specific software after activation, the phone should already be technically compatible. I have broadband from them, and considered changing from O2 to them, but they simply stated that they did not sell or support the iPhone. I called Virgin Mobile requested a domestic Sim Unlock. Thanks everyone for the responses. Had this been a warranty claim, that would have been my destination as well: Apple handles all service issues for iPhones purchased from Virgin Mobile. Although the both use the same tower! The higher cost with Sprint allows them to pay for roaming agreements with other carriers such as Verizon , and this allows your Sprint phone to roam on the other carrier's towers when you're out of range of Sprint towers.
The only reason I can think of why it's cheaper is because there is absolutely no roaming at all with Virgin Mobile or Sprint's other prepaid brand, Boost Mobile. The Federal Trade Commission later gave the go-ahead on the acquisition. So I made an appointment, took the iPhone in, and got a replacement. Aggravating though this was, it helped explain the previous day's problems. Virgin Mobile phones should work on Sprint contract accounts, no tinkering required. I currently have a phone number that I need to keep, and I'm currently using Republic Wireless as my service provider. Not all virgin phones use sim, but they all still work the same with prl's.
Can you cite your reference to your claim that they will not work? Things seem to be changing though, perhaps contacting them would be your best move. However, this courteous and apologetic rep told me they could make the switch at their end. If there's a back door way of circumventing that maybe someone else can tell you how that can be done. But if you dont believe, me, try it, and you'll see. I read a lot on the unlocking and switching of providers, but have not read any evidence of it actually working. Do I have to have Sprint unlock it? If not, what networks could it work on with the unlock? I know a few folks who have been booted for using to much data or texts on both.
Should be good to go within two hours. I even bought it at the Sprint store and a Sprint employee set it up. I've managed it once, with a Sprint iPhone 5c, but that's no guarantee it can be done with other devices. If they will not unlock your phone thru virgin support then you can apways use cdma workshop to provision the phone to sprint towers and call sprint to send a provision request to receive the correct prl. It's worth a shot, though, if you're interested in trying.
Virgin Mobile says that all phones need be bought from them. And I never waited on hold, not once. What do I need to do to get it to work? If so, hit the comments to describe your experience with both that company and Apple. By the way, if you need to reach Virgin Mobile phone support for an activation issue, call 888-322-1122, enter your mobile phone number when prompted, then press 4, then 2, then 2 again. I realize it'd have to be a Sprint network compatable phone, but other than that, could I? I explained what had happened, and the guy helping me grabbed the store's resident Virgin Mobile expert self-proclaimed.
So it's back to the Apple Store, and I get to go through all of this yet again. Same for Nextel and Boost As you know theres kits out there to unlock so you can use any carrier of choice also. Nobody has posted anything as far as personal experiences. If not you can load the correct sprint prl yourself. Since virgin uses sprint, there is a small possibility if this is a sprint iPhone that you might not have to have it unlocked. It was a vexing couple days, but other than wasting a few hours, no major harm done. Any non-Virgin Mobile phone needs to be unlocked, and any phone that's already been reported as lost or stolen might be blacklisted.
I'm interested in if I can use my current iPhone 4 out of contract on the Virgin network as a prepaid or if I'd need to buy a new phone from them to do so. I didn't specifically say I had a non-Sprint phone I wanted added to the database. That involves convincing one of Virgin Mobile's customer service reps to do it. The rear camera doesn't work, and I can't hear callers through the earpiece. Transferring a landline phone number can take a couple of days. Virgin Mobile phones do work on sprint. They did the swap for me at the Sprint store and when my contract phone came back I just swapped it back.
Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Broadband2Go services. Here's where it gets even more interesting. Turns out the replacement iPhone my third, if you're keeping score is defective. If your phone isn't compatible, then we've got the phones you really want. That's not to say it's impossible, though. They speak in slightly accented English, but they're polite, apologetic, and seemingly very eager to help.
With Virgin, it's a slow and, obviously, often aggravating process. Be extra careful when getting a new phone from an unauthorized retailer or a private seller. They had to have someone go in and buy a new device in order to get service, and of course a new number. They use Sprint's network, and only Sprint's network. I'd have to go back to the store. If you can get Virgin to unlock it, then it should work.