How to Unlock a Sprint Phone to Insert a SIM Card

by Nicholas Smith
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Unlocking your Sprint mobile phone will allow you to use your device on another mobile provider's network. To use the phone with another provider, you must first unlock the phone, and then insert the SIM card of the new network. You can obtain the unlock code from Sprint for free. If you cannot get the unlock code from your device from customer service, you must obtain the code from an online provider for a fee.

Obtain an Unlock Code

Step 1

Obtain your phone's IMEI code, which is necessary to unlock the device. Press " *#06# " on your device and the code will be displayed. Alternatively, obtain the code by removing the battery from the device, locating the digits printed inside of the battery compartment.

Step 2

Call Sprint's customer service at 888-211-4727. Request your unlock code from the customer service agent. Be prepared to give the agent the phone's model, IMEI code and your email. The agent will send the code to your email address. The email will include instructions for entering the code on your specific device.

Purchase an unlock code from an online provider if you are unable to obtain the code from Sprint's customer service agent (see Resources). Be prepared to enter your model number, IMEI code, billing information and email address. Check your email to retrieve the unlock code and instructions.

Unlock the Motorola Clutch

Step 1

Insert a non-Sprint SIM card into the device by removing the battery and old SIM card. Slide the new card into the slot.

Step 2

Power on the phone by holding the "Power" button.

Enter the unlock code when you see the prompt, "Enter Special Code."

Unlock the BlackBerry Curve

Step 1

Click "Settings," "Manage Connections" and "Turn All Connections Off."

Step 2

Press the "End Call" button.

Step 3

Click "Settings," "Options," "Advanced Options," and then select "SIM Card."

Step 4

Click "Settings" and "Show Keyboard."

Type the letters "M E P D," then enter "M E P 2." Enter your unlock code. The device will prompt you when the phone is successfully unlocked. Insert the new SIM card into the device and power the device on.

Unlock the BlackBerry Storm

Step 1

Click "Manage Connections" and select "Turn All Connections Off."

Step 2

Click the "Options" button on the device's screen. Click "Advanced Options" and "SIM Card."

Step 3

Press the "Menu" button and select "Show Keyboard."

Step 4

Enter "M E P D," and then enter "M E P 2."

Enter the unlock code when you see the "Enter Network MEP Code" message. The phone will be unlocked. Power off the device and enter the SIM card. Power on the phone.


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About the Author

Nicholas Smith has written political articles for, "The Daily Californian" and other publications since 2004. He is a former commissioner with the city of Berkeley, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California-Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.

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