Thanks in advance
Sorry, there's no way to do this without cooperation from both Sprint and
PrimeCo, and they won't help.
The phone you bought was partially paid for by Primeco. They paid Qualcomm
more for it than you paid when you got it from them. The difference is
called the "subsidy" and this is routine in the cell phone business.
They expect to make the subsidy back from you by selling you air time. But
if you take that phone to Sprint, then Primeco won't get any money from you
at all and they'll be out the subsidy. For obvious reasons, there's no
incentive for them to make this easy for you to do.
Sprint can't do it alone; Primeco has to help -- and Primeco won't help.
"We're just ordinary earthlings, not weirdos from another planet!"
You must have the phone's master SP (Service Provider) unlock code to
reprogram it for Sprint PCS. Typically a carrier will not give you this
code, because you purchased the phone at a fraction of it's actual retail
value in exchange for getting service exclusively from them. They
(supposedly) lose money if you purchase the phone from one provider and
activate it with another.
Methods for obtaining SP-Unlock codes vary by phone model... there are
various websites and programs out there to help... I suggest you do an
internet search or browse other newsgroups.
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Dante M. Catoni
>Is the SP unlock code set by the service provider or the phone manufacturer?
>If it's set by the manufacturer, why wouldn't Sprint want to help her out?
>If it's true that the service provider pays partially for the phone then
>Sprint would save money by selling her service without having to pay Qcom.
>Is that true?
The subsidy lock code is set by the service provider which originally sold
If the phone was sold by PrimeCo and is currently locked to PrimeCo, then
only PrimeCo knows the unlock code. Sprint doesn't know it. If the phone is
taken to Sprint, they can't do anything with it even if they wanted to.
Since only PrimeCo could unlock the phone, and since doing so would give a
financial boost to their competitor Sprint, obviously they have a
significant disincentive to do this.
Sprint PCS tracks the ESN's of every phone sold, and they will not activate
a phone that doesn't have the Sprint logo. Not sure why, but that's their
One thing is odd though, I called Primco and they specificly told me
that only *their* phones could be used on their network. But I also
heard from another guy that told me that he roamed out of a Primco
area and into a Sprint area and was billed something like $2 a minute
roaming fees by Sprint. This means that the phones can be used by
other networks in certain circumstances.
spe...@flash.net (Lisa and Howard Spector) wrote:
>I have a QUALCOMM QCP-2700 phone currently set up to receive Primeco.
>I want to sign up with SPRINT PCS and use my current phone. Can the
>phone be reprogrammed to receive SPRINT's signal instead? How can Igo
>about doing this so I don't have to buy a new phone?
>Thanks in advance
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>lie. The phones are the same. They both use 1900mhz with CDMA. So
>what does all this mean, you are screwed if you move or just want to
>change service providers.
It's that good ol' "competition" at work.........