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More BYOD - Activate Any Sprint Phone, Including iPhones, On PlatinumTel

Update 10-Aug-2012: ACRS Wireless is no longer activating Sprint phones on PlatinumTel.

One thing that's been missing from many prepaid plans is the ability to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). It looks like that barrier is finally falling. Last week Straight Talk and Net10 announced BYOD programs that will let you use any AT&T or T-Mobile or unloocked GSM phone on their unlimited plans.

Now comes word that PlatinumTel dealer ACRS Wireless, will soon be offering a service to activate any Sprint branded phone, including iPhones and Android devices on PlatinumTel, a Sprint MVNO. 

The only restriction is that only Sprint branded phones can be activated. Phones from Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and other carriers like Verizon, can not be activated. Phones to be activated must also have a "clean ESN", meaning that they haven't been blacklisted by Sprint for non-payment or because they were reported lost or stolen.

I participated in a private Beta of the activation service and had ACRS activate a Sprint Motorola Photon Android phone for me. Once ACRS has completed the activation all I had to do was turn on my phone and it activated itself over the air with no manual programming.

This service will be only be offered by ACRS Wireless on their Web site at ptel.ws, it won't be available though PlatinumTel itself. It will take two to three weeks to process an activation request and there will be a $39.99 activation fee which includes a $10 (200 minutes on PAYGO) PlatinumTel service credit, which can be applied toward any of the PlatinumTel plans listed below. ACRS has not set a date for the start of the service other than to say it will be soon.

PlatinumTel offers pay as you go and monthly plans.  Pay as you go rates are especially good; 5¢/minute voice, 2¢/text message (including international) and 10¢ data. International rates are also low, with calls to over 40 countries including Canada, Mexico, India and China only one cent/minute more than domestic calls.

PlatinumTel Plans

Plan Cost Voice Minutes Texts MMS Data
Real PayGo $10/90days* 5¢/each 2¢/each 10¢/each 10¢/MB
TnT 500 $20/30 days 500 500 10¢/each 20 MB
TnT 1000 $30/30 days 1000 1000 10¢/each 30 MB
Unlimited $45/30 days unlimited unlimited 5¢/each 150 MB
Android 250 MB $50/30 days unlimited unlimited 5¢/each 250 MB
Android 1 GB $60/30 days unlimited unlimited unlimited 1 GB
* Other refill denominations are available; $20/90days, $30/180 days, $50/180 days, $100/365 days.

PlatinumTel offers online call records and supports number portability. Coverage (map) is on the Sprint native network and is exactly the same as Boost or Virgin Mobile coverage. 3G (EVDO) data is available but not WiMax 4G.

Source: ACRS Forums

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  1. When I go to check out on the BYOD deal, it automatically adds a shipping fee. Yet I understand there is no shipping involved. Why is this extra charge applied then?

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    1. I see what you mean. I've contacted ACRS for an explanation and will post it when I hear back.

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  2. This service is no longer offered. Which saddens me.

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  3. Aghh I was shopping for phones for just this purpose for weeks. Why isn't it offered anymore?

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    1. ACRS' owner told me that too many BOYD devices were failing to activate and that he took the service down to see if he could solve the problem.

      The conspiracy theorist in me wants to blame Sprint but I have no evidence that they had anything to do with it.

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  4. Five months ago, I ported my primary phone number to Google Voice. I then setup a Magic Jack Plus. Next, I closed my Sprint account and waited a few weeks. Then I had Master Dealer @ ACRS activate the phone (Sprint HTC Evo 4G). Only one hiccup, waiting on Sprint to clear the account. Second try for Master Dealer @ ACRS and no problems. I work from home so I have Google voice forward my calls to the Magic Jack Plus phone number and the Platinumtel phone number. I turn wireless data setting off and turn on only when absolutely needed. My HTC Evo uses wifi 100% of the time while at home. I work from home. I used to pay more than $80 per month at Sprint. Now, I've averaged $4.74 per month using Platinumtel. Don't forget the $30 per YEAR for the Magic Jack Plus. I estimate I'll be spending $86.88 per YEAR for the exact phone I had with Sprint. Love it!

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  5. i just activated my sprint galaxy s2 epic touch 4g with Prepayd wireless (http://www.prepaydwireless.com/PPWbyod.html). I bought the phone from craigslist and didnt want to change the esn or meid so i google it until i came across this place. I tried entering the info on their website but they never responded so i called them and they got it activated with unlimited 4g for $60 a month, they had other plans that were cheaper but i wanted 4g. I wasnt so sure they were legit or that it could be done but it works.

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  6. i just activated my sprint galaxy s2 epic touch 4g with Prepayd wireless (http://www.prepaydwireless.com/PPWbyod.html). I bought the phone from craigslist and didnt want to change the esn or meid so i google it until i came across this place. I tried entering the info on their website but they never responded so i called them and they got it activated with unlimited 4g for $60 a month, they had other plans that were cheaper but i wanted 4g. I wasnt so sure they were legit or that it could be done but it works.

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