www.straighttalkbyop.com, net10byop.com and telcelamericabyop.com respectively. These sites are supposed to allow you to activate CDMA phones on the three brand's $45 to $65/month Verizon based unlimited plans.
Wording on the sites suggests that any CDMA phone can be activated, with the exception of LTE capable phones and BlackBerrys. That means that, contrary to earlier reports, CDMA iPhones can be activated with the exception of the iPhone 5 which is an LTE device.
The three CDMA BYOP sites were initially launched in early April. They were taken offline after about a week, reportedly to fix technical problems with the sites and the activation process.
Although the sites are up again, I haven't heard of anyone successfully activating a phone using them yet. All attempts seem to fail with an error at some point.
The sites don't say that activation is limited to Verizon phones so I tried several times to activate a Sprint HTC EVO 4G that had previously been used on Verizon MVNO PagePlus. I consistently got the error;
"We are experiencing technical difficulties at this time. Please wait 5 minutes and try again."Immediately after entering the required information (MEID, make, model, zip code and whether the phone is currently active). I suspect this error means that only Verizon CDMA phones can used.
I had better luck with a Verizon Palm Pixi Plus where I got as far as a page where I needed to enter my credit card details. I didn't go any further because I don't actually want to activate the Pixi. However I've seen several reports by users that activation failed with an error after they submitted their credit information.
If anyone successfully activates a CDMA phone online with Straight Talk Net10 or Telcel sites please let us know with a comment.
Update 5/30/2013: The Ameica Movil CDMA-BYOP activation pages are still erroring out frequently, but recently several users have reportedly that successfully activated Verizon Android phones. I have not heard of any successful iPhone activations however.
Update 7/17/2013: According to multiple NET10 and Straight Talk representatives iPhones are officially no longer allowed on NET10, Straight Talk or Telcel America CDMA BYOD. Numerous users who have tried to activate iPhones have all reported failure. iPhone MEID are being rejected by the activation system.
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