Hey there! Just got a new phone or SIM card from Sprint? Awesome! But before you can start using your new device, you’ll need to activate it on the Sprint network. Activating your phone or SIM card is easy — I’ll walk you through the steps below.
Overview of Sprint
First, a quick intro for anyone new to Sprint. Sprint, now part of T-Mobile, is one of the major wireless carriers in the U.S. They’re known for their unlimited data plans and 5G coverage.
Sprint offers all kinds of phones, from basic flip phones to the latest iPhones and Androids. You can also get tablets, smartwatches, and other devices through Sprint.
Important: If you didn’t buy your phone directly from Sprint, you’ll want to verify it’s compatible with their network before trying to activate it. You can check compatibility here using your phone’s IMEI number.
Okay, now let’s walk through how to activate your new Sprint phone or SIM card!
Activating Your Sprint Device Online At www.sprint.com/activate
The Sprint activation site is sprint.com/activate. You’ll need to go there on a browser on your computer or phone.
When you arrive at the site, you’ll need to:
Create a Sprint account if you don’t already have one. Just enter your name, phone number, email, and password.
Sign in to your Sprint account.
Select the activation option for your situation:
- If you’re finishing an activation you already started, choose “Finish Activation.”
- If you recently upgraded your phone, choose “Activate Now.”
- If it’s a totally new device, choose “Get Started.”
- For a new SIM card, choose “Activate Now.”
Enter your device details like the IMEI or SIM card number. You can find these printed on the box or manual.
Follow the prompts to complete activation. You may need to pick your new phone from a list if you got it from Sprint.
And that’s it! Sprint will let you know when your phone or SIM is activated. Pretty straightforward, right?
Activating Your Phone by Calling Sprint
You can also activate a totally new Sprint phone by calling customer support at (888) 211-4727.
When you call, just let the rep know you need to activate a new phone and have the following handy:
- Your full name
- Sprint account PIN
- Social Security Number
- Device serial number
- IMEI or MEID number
- SIM card details (if activating a SIM)
The rep will walk you through the rest. Once they confirm your phone is activated, you’re all set to start using your new device!
Tips for a Smooth Activation
Here are some useful tips for ensuring your Sprint activation goes smoothly:
- Charge your phone before starting the activation process. You’ll need sufficient battery.
- Backup your data from your old phone so you can transfer it to the new phone after activating.
- Keep the packaging handy during activation in case you need any device details or numbers.
- Know your account details like your Sprint phone number, account PIN, and login password to make activation easy.
- Be prepared to answer questions from the Sprint rep if activating by phone, like your Social Security Number.
- Don’t remove your old SIM card until after successfully activating the new phone or SIM.
- Double check compatibility if you didn’t buy the phone directly from Sprint.
And that’s everything you need to know to activate your new Sprint phone or SIM card! Let me know if you have any other questions.