Selling Galaxy S2

I upgraded to Galaxy S7's years ago and want to sell my S2 which still shows my current phone number even though the number is inoperable. Does (can?) the phone number need to be removed? If so, how? Thanks.

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    If your Galaxy S2 is the GSM version, you should just be able to remove the SIM card and the phone number will disappear. 

    If your Galaxy S2 is the CDMA (Sprint) version, also called the Epic 4G Touch, it's affected by the Sprint OMA Slot software upgrade and will not be able to be activated on Sprint or any MVNO at all anymore. You can still wipe the network provisioning from it by dialing ##72786#, but any buyer would not be able to activate it and would have to understand that it won't ever get past the handsfree activation screen.

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  • I don't have a Galaxy S2, so my question is academic.

    This seems to say that if one has a Galaxy S2 in its CDMA (Sprint) version, even after one has paid for and ceases to use the phone it can never be activated by another user on any network at all. Is that right? Or would the phone only be unusable for CDMA connections made through Sprint or by a Sprint-based MVNO?

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  • The Sprint CDMA Galaxy S2 wasn't SIM unlockable (it doesn't have a SIM card), so that makes it effectively unusable on the Sprint network post this OMA slot update that happened on April 30, 2019. So, yes, that includes any Sprint-based MVNO or any that uses the Sprint network.

    The S2 from Sprint was only ever designed to work on the Sprint network, so when they retired its ability to activate, that effectively made the phone a WiFi-only device.

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