Straight Talk Wireless has launched a new straighttalkbyop.com site that promises to let customers use their own Verizon phones on Straight Talk's $45/month unlimited talk text and data service.
Ot looks like the site only accepts decimal MEIDs. When I entered the Pixi's hexcidecmal MEID I got an error "We cannot process you transaction at this time with the information you provided." with the MEID field highlighted in red. I converted the hexidecimal MEID into decimal using the converter at checkesnfree.com and it was accepted. Decimal MEIDs are 18 or 19 digits long and contain only numbers. Hexidecimal MEIDs are 14 or 15 characters long and contain both letters and numbers.
I expect that the Straight Talk's Bring Your Own Verizon Phone (BYOVP) option will have the same requirements as sister brands NET10 and Telcel America's BYOVP programs which launched last week. They stipulate that to be eligible you must have a "Verizon compatible phone that has never been activated outside of their network. This program will not work with 4G LTE technology phones even if they are compatible with Verizon. This program is also not available for Blackberries or branded Straight Talk, TracFone, Safe Link, Net10 Wireless, and Telcel America phones."
The "never been activated outside the Verizon network" restriction is a weird one that no other Verizon MVNO has. Users have reported mixed results with more failures than successes when trying to activate Verizon phones that had been used on Verizon MVNO Page Plus at one time. My Pixi Plus was used on Page Plus and it seems to be OK.