Can You Activate a Sprint Phone on Verizon Service?

By Lucinda Harper

Updated September 28, 2017

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Activating a non-Verizon phone on the Verizon network can be difficult, but it is possible with a little know-how and a trick or two up your sleeve.

Service providers

Every cell phone service provider has their pros and cons. Some offer the "coolest" phones, some offer the best promotions and price plans, some offer the best coverage. Finding a way to combine even a couple of best features from different providers is one of life's little joys.


The SPC, or Service Programming Code, "is a code in most CDMA handsets used to lock that specific handset" (See References 1). Every wireless carrier has their own parent SPC, and nearly every carrier, with Verizon being an exception, assigns unique SPC's to every phone they service.

The exception

Verizon is one of the only companies to use an SPC of "000000." Alltel also uses the 000000 system. Most companies will not divulge their SPC to the general public.

Changing the SPC

This is where things get tricky: In order for you to change the SPC on your Sprint phone to the necessary 000000 SPC for Verizon activation, you will need a little help from someone in the know. If you have a friend at Sprint, ask them. Or, you can call Sprint and hope for a very understanding technical support agent. Another option would be to ask someone who works at a store or kiosk authorized to sell Sprint phones.

Activate your phone

Once you have changed the SPC on your Sprint phone, you will need to call Verizon to get them to activate service to your phone. This will also take some sweet-talking, as they will be a bit confused at first. Get your schmooze on and enjoy your new service!