Updating sprint phone

For most CDMA carriers (including Verizon), you can update your PRL by dialing *228 and selecting the appropriate option.

For example, on a Verizon phone you dial *228 and then select option 2 and listen to the horrible programming music while your phone downloads the latest PRL. The first is to contact Sprint Customer Service and get your account approved for an update and then dial *2 and follow the instructions.

The PRL is a list that allows your phone to roam off of towers that are not part of your native network, such as a sprint phone connecting to a former Alltel tower if none of its own are available.

Because roaming agreements are constantly changing and new towers are added all the time, it's important to keep this list up to date.

However, the high cost of these devices was often baked into your wireless bill in the form of high monthly access fees.

Many carriers are now slashing that fee and charging a separate monthly fee for the actual cost of the phone. With the cost of the phone now separate from the access fee, price-conscious customers can lower their bill by picking cheaper phones.

What simple actions could improve my network connection?If you've ever had an issue where your phone isn't successfully connecting to the network even though you're in a good coverage area, there's a strong chance that an over the air update will get your phone working again.Every time your phone reaches out to the cellular network and downloads information related to your phone’s access to voice, text and data services, you’re completing an over-the-air update.First, three quick points that phone owners used to contracts should know: Those “free” phones were never actually free.Many people are used to picking up a new phone every two years for free or at a heavily discounted price.

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