Sprint issued a press release today officially announcing that all Sprint Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MNVOs) are now allowed to activate "eligible" Sprint phones. This policy, called Bring Your Own Sprint Device or BYOSD for short, has been in effect for months at several Sprint MVNOs, including Kajeet, Ting, ChitChat, EcoMobile and PrepaYd.
As Sprint points own in the release, BYOSD makes it easier and less costly for its MVNOs to attract and keep customers. It's also good for the environment by helping to keep phones out of landfills and reducing the number of new phones that need to be manufactured.
The release is short on details as to what constitutes an eligible device but I suspect there's no change from the policies in place at the MVNOs that were allowed to start BYOSD before today's announcement:
- Sprint branded phones only, no Boost, Virgin Mobile, Verizon, etc. phones
- Phone most not be currently active on Sprint
- Phone must have a clean ESN/MEID (not reported lost or stolen or flagged by Sprint because of an unpaid bill)
- No iPhone, Palm OS, BlackBerry or PTT phones
- LTE and WiMAX phones may be activated. WiMAX may work but LTE service is not available to MVNO customers at this time.
The new policy is in effect today, however it's up to individual MVNOs as to whether they want to allow BYOSD and under what terms. I suspect that most Sprint MVNOs will quickly begin offering BYOSD.
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