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Well, I called Apple care (don't know why I did not think of it myself) and it is Sprint.


OK, I got a white iPhone 4 from this deal thread.

I have AT&T, so I can't use it.

It is a 8gb iPhone 4 and is supposedly through Sprint, but the model number seems to be for Verizon (model MD200LL/A). It may be unlocked for either. Invoice description just says iPhone 4 White 8GB CDMA-USA.

I have not even opened it yet because my plan is to just sell it, but I don't know if I can sell it to a Verizon user, Sprint user or both.
How can I tell which carrier it can be used on?

Edited by blupupher - 10/28/11 at 6:41pm
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You can send it to me and I'll check it out on my Verizon subscription.
    
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LOL, Send me $400 and I will do that, and you can check it as long as you want.

I just don't know if there is a way to check without having to open it.
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post #4 of 11
OP, if its a verizon SKU or has verizon on it anywhere, it will only work on verizon, not sprint.

even though both are CDMA they utilize different bands for Voice and Data traffic.
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post #5 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sneaky Payload View Post
OP, if its a verizon SKU or has verizon on it anywhere, it will only work on verizon, not sprint.

even though both are CDMA they utilize different bands for Voice and Data traffic.
And thats my problem, It is from Apple and sold as a Sprint Phone, but has the Verizon part number. it says nothing on the package about Verizon or Sprint. My Online invoice shows "Sprint Subsidized phone" on it, but actual invoice say as in original post.

Going through the link in the first post, you can order the phone at full price, but no mention of which carrier it is for.

i just want to make sure that whomever I sell it to can use it.
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thats crazy. I would call apple to verify.


Even though the iphone CDMA can use all bands, the PRL (preffered roaming list) on the device is what locks it to a network, and that PRL is locked at apple, sent to them from the service provider. I would get a 100% answer from a customer service rep (and take down his employee number).
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OK, would they be able to get that info from what is on the outside of the packaging?
it has the serial number on it plus a MEID number.
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yes. If you give them the ESN or MEID they should be able to tell you what networks it works on.


Also something I didnt think of, it could be that once you activate it, it selects a PRL from apples/verizon/sprints update server and "locks" it ( for lack of a better term) to the network.
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post #9 of 11
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Talked to Apple Care and the serial number does not show to be ATT or Verizon. The tech said that every time this happens, it is a Sprint phone, since they are still getting all their stuff set up and sometimes things don't show up right away.
Makes sense since the invoice (online) says "Sprint subsidized phone", but I just wanted to make sure it was before I sold it.
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awesome. glad to hear it work out. you will be able to make a pretty penny on thst phone since they are like 550 bucks now unlocked no contract.
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