I was just reading a post about someone who managed to unlock their iPhone purchased on eBay with a Sprint carrier lock on it. Somehow they got Sprint support to do it, but in my case no dice. And I'm fairly technical, with about 20 hours of my time trying to fix this nightmare of an issue.
You see, when I signed up with Ting after buying a new iPhone 7 from Best Buy (on Ting 2 years bought phone with cash) I got on the Sprint network via Ting MVNO procedures - BUT - now that I want to change carriers I am PERMANENTLY stuck with Ting/Sprint since neither party can or will remove the carrier lock policy. Apple refuses to work with me as well, even though their servers maintain the locking database (which they tried to deny on my last of several calls to them).
Should this not be illegal? Its like I'M A CRIMINAL the way I'm being treated despite my ability to prove ownership. If anybody out there in the MVNO universe who has solved this problem I'd be forever in your debt! Hint: MVNO's don't provision account records into carriers systems, so they won't unlock you without an account. My last hope it to try to get a short term Sprint contract then run like hell, but I've read they will sometimes turn you away, money is no good apparently. This is madness on every level conceivable. No accountability, no escalation, no solution in sight.
What evil demonic customer hating product people ever dreamed this up, and how do they continue to get away with it? Oh MONOPOLY, that's right.. and regulation is even (see: Net Neutrality). Anybody up for a class action party??