"We regret to inform you that neither we nor any other Sprint MVNO can activate the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, or any of the newer iconic Sprint Devices with Sprint’s Bring Your Own Device Program as of November 15, 2013.
Many of these Devices have been activating since February 2013 due to an error by Sprint on blacklisting new models and since the program is new, there has not been a well-documented list of non-approved models provided to PrepaYd.
Since thousands of these devices have been approved and activated, we assumed they were eligible for BYOD by Sprint.
As these models are less than one year old, Sprint’s opinion is they should all be under contract with Sprint still which is why Sprint is blacklisting them from PrepaYd Wireless and all other Sprint MVNO for Activations.
We recommend you activate these models on Page Plus, Next G or any other CDMA Carrier until we have approval to activate these Devices on PrepaYd Wireless. We appreciate your loyalty and hope to have a more competitive BYOD offering for you in the near future."
The Google Nexus 5 was originally banned but Sprint is now allowing activation of the Nexus 5 provided it was purchased from the Google Play Store. Nexus 5 phones purchased from Sprint are still banned.
The blacklist will take effect November 15, 2013 at 6 PM Eastern Time.
As they always have been, iPhones, BlackBerrys, Palm OS and WebOS phones and Push To Talk phones are also blacklisted from activation on Sprint MVNOs.
I surprised by inclusion of low end phones like the LG F3, ZTE Awe and Kyocera Hydro Edge that can hardly be called "iconic". I'm less surprised that the Nexus 5 is blacklisted. I wonder if that applies to Nexus 5s from the Google Play Store or only ones purchased from Sprint under contract.
I think this a dumb move on Sprint's part. It makes them look like a bully for no gain. Savvy customers who use prepaid are unlikely to switch to Sprint postpaid at twice the monthly price. Instead they will go with an AT&T or T-Mobile based service that doesn't impose arbitrary restrictions on which phones are allowed to be used on prepaid. Even Verizon, which limits the phone models that can be used on its own branded prepaid service, lets its MVNOs activate flashed Sprint and Verizon flagship phones. I believe that this policy change will cost Sprint much more in lost wholesale MVNO revenue than it will gain on postpaid side.
As for what will happen to the newly prohibited phones that have already been activated, PrepaYd reassured its dealers that "You can activate between now and then (15th) and the devices will stay on PrepaYd as long as they're not swapped, or deactivated from the accounts." So if you want to get that S4 or Nexus 5 on a Sprint MVNO do it before 6 PM EST Friday Nov 15.
Updated 4:20 PM 11/13/13 with a list of blacklisted models and assurance that currently active banned phones will not be de-activated.