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Banned Phones - Tracking The Sprint MVNO Blacklist

Update 2/16/2015: Sprint has eliminated  their blacklist! Any Sprint network phone (including Boost and Virgin Mobile phones) can now be activated on Sprint MVNOs provided the following conditions are met:

  • The phone has been fully paid for.
  • The current and previous owners don't owe any money to Sprint.
  • If the phone is a prepaid phone (Boost, Virgin or Sprint Prepaid) it must have been used on that prepaid service for at least a year.
  • The phone has not been reported lost or stolen.
Unfortunately Sprint's implementation of the new rules is flawed. Many phones that Sprint will tell you are clear to activate, including brand new phones purchased at full price and about half of all previously eligible used phones, are failing Sprint's MVNO activation process. See Updated: Sprint MVNO BYOSP is Badly Broken for more information.

Be extremely careful about purchasing phones for use on Sprint MVNOs. Check that any phone you intend to buy is clear by using the Ting ESN checkerRingPlus checker or FreedomPop checker. Other checkers, including Swappa's, may not have been updated to be aware of Sprint's new financial eligibility requirements.

As long as you have Sprint coverage where you need it, Sprint MVNOs have a lot going for them. Plan prices are generally good, especially for data. Most Sprint MVNOs offer inexpensive international calls and texts. And to top it off, used Sprint phones tend to be less expensive than equivalent models for other carriers.

Unfortunately, Sprint has very strict rules about which BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) devices their MVNOs are allowed to activate. Like all carriers, they block activation of so called "bad ESN" phones, devices that have been reported as lost or stolen or where the last owner owes Sprint money for service or an early termination fee. Sprint also blocks phones made for its Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Assurance Wireless prepaid brands.

All carriers block activation of bad ESN phones and Verizon blocks its MVNOs from activating branded prepaid phones. But Sprint goes beyond the other US operators by blocking compatible CDMA phones from other operators as well as all BlackBerrys, all Push To Talk (walkie-talkie) phones and all Palm OS and WebOS phones.

Most annoyingly for users who like to have relatively new phones, Sprint MVNOs are blocked from activating all phones that Sprint released in the last twelve months.

That means that you need to wait at least a year to use the latest and greatest phones on Sprint. Here's a handy table listing which recent Sprint phones allowed and which are blacklisted and when the 12 month blacklist ban is expected to expire.

Phone Status One year anniversary Notes
Apple iPhone 5 Allowed LTE
Apple iPhone 5c, 5s Allowed Sept 20, 2014 LTE
Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus Blacklisted Sept 19, 2015 tri-band LTE
Google Nexus 5 purchased from Google Allowed tri-band LTE
Google Nexus 5 purchased from Sprint & retail partners Allowed Nov 8, 2014 tri-band LTE
Google Nexus 6 purchased from Google or Motorola Allowed tri-band LTE
Google Nexus 6 purchased from Sprint & retail partners Blacklisted Nov 14, 2015 tri-band LTE
HTC 8XT Allowed July 19, 2014 LTE, Windows Phone 8
HTC Desire 510 Blacklisted Sept 19, 2015 tri-band LTE
HTC EVO LTE Allowed LTE
HTC One (M7) Allowed LTE, Original HTC One from 2013
HTC One (M8) Blacklisted Apr 10, 2015 tri-band LTE, New 2014 model
HTC One Max Allowed Nov 15, 2014 tri-band LTE
LG Optimus F3 Allowed June 14, 2014 LTE
LG Optimus G Allowed LTE
LG G2 Allowed Nov 8, 2014 Tri-band LTE
LG G3 Blacklisted July 11, 2015 tri-band LTE
LG G3 Vigor Blacklisted Sept 19, 2015 tri-band LTE
LG G Flex Blacklisted Feb 7, 2015 Tri-band LTE
Motorola Moto X (1st gen) Allowed Sept 6, 2014 LTE
Samsung Ativ S Neo Allowed August 16, 2014 LTE, Windows Phone 8
Samsung Galaxy Mega Allowed Nov 8, 2014 Tri-band LTE
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Blacklisted Nov 14, 2015 Tri-band LTE
Samsung Galaxy Note II Allowed LTE
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Allowed Oct 4, 2014 LTE
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Blacklisted Oct 17, 2015 tri-band LTE
Samsung Galaxy S III SPH-L710 Allowed LTE
Samsung Galaxy S III Triband SPH-L710T Blacklisted May, 30 2015 tri-band LTE
Samsung Galaxy S4 L720 Allowed Original single band LTE version
Samsung Galaxy S4 L720T Allowed Dec 17, 2014 Tri-band LTE version
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Allowed Nov 8, 2014 Tri-band LTE
Samsung Galaxy S5 Blacklisted April 11, 2015 Tri-band LTE
Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Blacklisted July 25, 2015 Tri-band LTE
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Allowed Oct 11, 2014 7" LTE tablet
Samsung Galaxy Victory Allowed LTE
Sharp Aquos Crystal Blacklisted Oct 17, 2015 Tri-band LTE version
ZTE Vital Allowed June 14, 2014 LTE

Phones are generally removed from the blacklist about a month after the "One year aniversary" data listed in the table. I will do my best to keep this list updated as new phones are released and older ones reach their first birthday.

If you don't see the phone your are interested in, check Sprint MVNO RingPlus' or Ting's lists of allowed and banned phones.

Last updated 12/16/14: Samsung Ativ S Neo, Samsung Galaxy S4 L720T, Motorola Moto X (1st gen), LG G2 and HTC One Max are now allowed.

Related:
Sprint and Sprint MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared
The Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store CAN Be Activated On Sprint MVNOs After All
Updated: Effective Nov 15, Sprint to Block Its MVNOs from Activating Galaxy S4, HTC One, Note 3 and Others

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  1. Thank you very much for posting this! This really helps--now we know exactly which phones will be allowed when, so we can know whether it's worth purchasing a certain phone in anticipation of its anniversary date.

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  2. I wouldn't have a problem with Sprint byosd if they hadn't pulled a giveth and taeketh thing last year where they allowed pretty much anything Windows, feature phone and Android as long as clean esn and suddenly bam, anything less then year old was blacklisted. They wre too vague about how it wall works . However, unlike Verizon mvnos they do allow ota of LTE devices without flashing. Some of the latest Verizon mvnos have no ability to put flashed phones like Page Plus and Selectel. Red Pocket's Verizon arm , for example, only allows moldy oldy 3G clean esn Verizon phones , which are way more then a year old unlike Sprint's list. Of course they keep beating us over the head with how big their stupid network is, all 3G of it...

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    1. I find my average 3g speeds on Verizon using a Rev A phone to be faster than my average speeds using Sprint. Sprint Wimax, LTE and especially Spark can be fast but most of the time Sprint is 2g speed or slower.
      Give me Verizon's stable consistent 1-2.5 MBS all over the country any time over Sprint's slow unreliable limited coverage.

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  3. My hope of using the Note 3 on Ringplus will have to wait until October....

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  4. Thanks.
    The only list of its kind that I know of.

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  5. Just wondering how Republic Wireless, a Sprint MVNO, is
    able to sell the Moto X, and has been doing so for several
    months now.

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    1. Because the Republic Moto X is not a Sprint phone, it's a Republic phone. The blacklist only applies to BYOP phones.

      Sprint allows MVNOs to sell phones they buy directly from manufacturers.

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  6. Anybody heard whether the Optimum F3 is off the list yet?

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  7. and this is why sprint is an AWFUL company and thousands of previous customers drop them every quarter.

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  8. Has anyone successfully connected one of the blacklisted phones after the projected expiration date? I have an HTC 8XT that I would like to use on RingPlus but today it says the phone i black listed but the expiration of the ban was last month. I dont know what to do, please help

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    1. It sounds like either the phone is blacklisted for a different reason (non-payment, lost, stolen) or RingPlus or Sprint needs to update their database of allowed phones. Contact RingPlus, they should be able to tell you why the phone is blacklisted and if the problem's on their side they should be able to fix it. If it's a Sprint issue, RingPlus as a Sprint partner, may be able to get Sprint to fix it.

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    2. According to Ting's forum, they are now activating the HTC 8XT on BYOD. See: https://help.ting.com/entries/43325957-HTC-8xt#post_25965833

      If they can it means Sprint's not blocking it. You can check your MEID at https://ting.com/byod and if it's clean and RingPlus can't activate then it's a RingPlus issue.

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    1. The Moto G is not a Sprint phone. It's a Boost phone and Boost phones are permanently blacklisted on MVNOs. But several people have been able to activate Boost Moto Gs on Ting. That's a glitch that Sprint will probably eventually fix.

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  10. This is a great article! I just purchased a used mint condition Sprint Galaxy Note 3 and was horrified and disappointed when it didn't activate on Ting. Hopefully Sprint will not extend this ridiculous ban past October 3, 2014. Fingers crossed...

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  11. Sprint is shooting itself in the foot. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile MVNOs don't have blacklists.

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    1. Is it a case of shooting itself in the foot... OR MISSING the TARGETS altogether?

      what's the percentage of people who actually use MVNO's (other than those who use carrier owned brands and are loyal only to them)? maybe Dennis knows... but apparently it's small enough the big boys don't seem to care...

      (want the $$$, but not enough to concede any branded market share in attempt to gain mvno customers from other carriers)

      and like Dennis noted Sprint phones resale value is less.. so not only says something about the carrier in general , but until Postpaid customers make the move to avoid locked phones (service) with them...(and make it clear with their $$$$ choices)... and prepaid customers complain to & then avoid sprint mvnos enough.... change isn't likely...
      Maybe it doesn't carry over in the phone market exactly,, but most folks know to steer clear of low resale value vehicles (without knowing another reason) as it often can have something to do with reliability issues, other problems, obsolescence, etc.... i.e. the good stuff doesn't sell cheap..

      Gotta wonder how many Paperweights are floating around out there... or filling the junk doors (there's an AD idea for the Competition )....

      and wonder why , even if cheaper rates from Sprint,
      that new mvno's are still trying to operate with more than just one hand tied behind their backs....(fighting sprint's own multiple brands Boost, VM etc. coverage issues and speed (real or perceived)-- and the strictest phone selections... that even customers from sprint's branded mvnos phones can't be used elsewhere..
      (which
      STOPS some of us from even trying them... not wanting to buy a phone & data plan just to see if it might work for us or not...knowing then that both are going to be a waste..)....
      might be kind of hard to stop the bleeding of customers
      if such seemingly needless barriers to entry even on mvno's stays higher....especially when done from the last place (already for prepaid supposedly and maybe postpaid soon as well) position...
      How can those temporary price cuts really help that much.?..

      And a little off the subject, but speaking of missing the TARGET:

      from some other post or comment... got the impression that the new tri band Spark Lte doesn't allow multitasking? (talk and text at same time?) Does anyone using Sprint Spark now know if that's true?

      Please Say it's not so...

      as If it is then it doesn't sound at all like an advanced forward thinking network?

      And if that's the case- that one has to hang up, check internet and take the time to call back.., then regardless of speed perhaps just to retain existing customers when already in last place...
      how low should their data prices really go?

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    2. I've read everywhere that Spark is a major downgrade due to its lack of multi-tasking.

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    3. It's not multitasking (running multiple apps simultaneously) that's broken on Spark phones, it's simultaneous voice and data (such as surfing the web while in a phone call). It's a limitation of the current radio chipsets that support carrier aggregation and should be fixed when Sprint implements VoLTE.

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    4. Thanks for clarifying that... and a fix is suppose to be in the works... that's good for sprint users... and further promote future competition between carriers to improve......
      the lack of " simultaneous voice and data" was my understanding... but sorry for originally confusing the issue with the multitasking term..

      Still it's a disappointment for now (and for how long?) ....as today wouldn't most smartphone users expect to surf the web while in a phone call? especially when a carrier promotes their Spark LTE as a new network?

      For example, will their $50 unlimited iphone6 postpaid plan not have the appeal if new customers realize ahead of time that there will be NO simultaneous voice and data on their new expensive iphone phablets? kinda defeats the purpose...

      hopefully new CEO will implement VoLTE asap... but he's not done anything about this Sprint MVNO Blacklist.. yet claiming he was going to be disruptive...(And that's after even cdma VERIZON is opening the door to LTE on their MVNOs) makes it look like Big Red wants to keep more of their old phones in use
      & buying more data on their network
      than does the trailing carrier that's already facing the rear end view of the BIG DOGS....

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  12. Why is the Ativ S Neo blacklisted if it is truly passed its anniversary on August 16 ,2014?

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    1. As is says in the post, it takes about a month after the anniversary date before Sprint gets around to removing a phone from the blacklist. I haven't seen any confirmation that the Ativ S Neo was released yet but it may have been. If you have the phone you can check if it can be activated on the Ting site

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  13. FYIW,

    We will see the iPhone 6 introduced on Boost in the next couple days. I can confirm pricing will be $549, locked to Boost as usual.

    Watch their website. In anticipation of this move, the 5C will be dropping to $349 and the 5S will drop to $449 tonight, both with $50 port in credits.

    -Deathcab

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  14. I am confused by the Samsung Galaxy S3. On
    Sprint's web site, it's listed as being Spark compatible,
    which I assume means it's tri-band. That is, there's
    a list of checkboxes in the left column, and one of
    them is Spark. If you check the box, the S3 is
    among the phones listed among the few phones
    present. If you uncheck the box, the S3 is listed,
    along with many other phones.

    But your table shows it as being LTE only, not tri-band.

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  15. I asked the question earlier about the existence of a
    Samsung Galaxy S3 tri-band. There is an FCC ID
    of SPH-L710T that is probably the tri-band, the
    SPH-L710 is probably not tri-band. The Sprint
    web site for the S3 has the Spark icon and the
    description says that the S3 being sold is fully
    capable of using all 3 LTE bands. So the S3
    is in the same boat as the S4, there are 2
    versions. Sprint web site for S3
    http://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/shop/phone_details.jsp?prodId=dvc8260001prd&deviceSKUId=82600215&flow=AAL&planSKUId=&tabId=dt_phones&ptn=&defaultContractTerm=

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    1. The SPH-L710T triband S III was released 5/30/2014 so it's blacklisted until next June. I'll add it to the table

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  16. Can't imagine why anyone would deal with such hassles just to use a particular phone service unless it is the only one in your market with good coverage. And I can't believe there are many places where that is the case with Sprint.

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  17. Any new information regarding the nexus 5 that's black listed ? Well it be allowed to work on boost Mobile since its not blacklisted no more ? I have a nexus 5 got it from T-Mobile but no longer wut them I tried using it on boost ant working cuz its black listed but da one from Google store and sprint white one works ...

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    1. Boost doesn't use the blacklist, they use a whitelist on phones that were sold specifically for Boost. Only Boost Mobile phones work on Boost Mobile. You can use your T-Mobile Nexus 5 on any GSM carrier but not Sprint, Verizon or their MVNOs.

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    2. Not true. A lot of Sprint Phones can be used on Boost Mobile. As long as the Nexus 5 was purchased from Google, you can use it on Boost Mobile

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  18. But the nexus 5 is unlocked already and supports all carriers and bands ... What is a whitelist ..thx u ..

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    1. A whitelist is a list of allowed phone serial numbers. Even if a phone is technically compatible, CDMA operators inclung Sprint and Verizon will block the activation of phones that aren't on their whitelists.

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  19. Hi Dennis I was wondering if its true that lg g 2 might come to boost mobile ... Any news about a nexus ?

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  20. Can a Desire 510 be programmed to work on Postpaid?

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  21. Hello Dennis, I bough an iPhone 5 which has clean ESN imei# verified through Swappa website showing iPhonee is activation ready through Sprint/MVNO. Sprint says iPhone has been flashed & cannot activate? Any feedback is appreciated & thanks for posting this website.

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    1. It's not clear what you are trying to do. Do you want to activate the iPhone on Sprint or a Sprint MVNO?

      It's impossible for Sprint or anyone else to tell if a phone is flashed or not based on just the IMEI.

      If the IMEI is clean Sprint will accept the phone and activate it at the network level. But if the phone has been flashed to work on a non-Sprint network it will fail the over the air activation until it has been properly unflashed.

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  22. Hi can you tell me with wich cell phone companies is the prepaid samsung galaxy s3 from sprint is compatible I want to used with I accompany that includes plan to call to mexico

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    1. A Sprint Prepaid phone will only work on Sprint Prepaid. Only Sprint postpaid phones can be used on Sprint MVNOs.

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  23. good morning does anyone know if nexus 6 can be activate on boost mobile????

    thanks

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    1. No, only Boost Mobile phones can be used on Boost Mobile.

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  24. Is it possible to switch a sprint phone to boost mobile?

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    1. No, phones with non-Boost serial numbers are blocked from activation on Boost.

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    2. Not true. Read up on it and call Boost and Sprint. There are many phones that you can carry over from Sprint to Boost Mobile. I don't think the Nexus 6 is one of them though

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    3. Thanks for the heads up. It looks like Boost has changed its policy. According to the Boost Mobile site, the following Sprint phones can now be used on Boost:

      HTC EVO 3D
      HTC EVO 4G
      HTC EVO Shift 4G
      HTC Hero
      LG 260
      LG Lotus
      LG Lotus Elite
      LG LX370
      LG Optimus S
      LG Remarq
      LG Rumor 2
      LG Rumor Touch
      Samsung Epic 4G
      Samsung Epic 4G Touch
      Samsung Exclaim
      Samsung Galaxy SIII 16 GB
      Samsung Galaxy S III 32 GB
      Samsung Galaxy S4
      Samsung Galaxy S4T
      Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
      Samsung Instinct
      Samsung Instinct s30
      Samsung Intercept
      Samsung Moment
      Samsung Rant
      Samsung Reclaim
      Samsung Restore
      Samsung Seek
      Samsung SPH-M220
      Samsung SPH-M240
      Samsung SPH-M320
      Samsung SPH-M330
      Samsung SPH-M360
      Samsung SPH-M520
      Sanyo Incognito
      Sanyo Innuendo
      Sanyo SCP-2700
      Sanyo SCP-3200
      Sanyo SCP-3800
      Sanyo SCP-3810
      Sanyo Taho
      Sanyo Vero

      Sprint phones can only be activated by Boost Dealers not online.

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  25. I have a clean esn sprint galaxy s4 and called boost mobile to try to activate on my boost account. The rep said I have to take it to a boost store so they can activate it for me. Was the rep BSing me?

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    1. I think the rep was just trying to get rid of you. I've never heard of Boost activating a Sprint S3

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    2. They've done it a million times with the Sprint S4

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  26. Ok I figured. Looks like the only way to get that phone on boost is to flash it over. Thanks for the reply.

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    1. Check with a rep. If the phone is fully unlocked, chances are if you take it into a Boost Mobile store they can flash it over for you. They've done it with a number of phones including the S4

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  27. I've been waiting (for a short bit) for Freedompop to accept the Galaxy Mega. Well, now they do (and I found this out by trying on their website, they DID NOT send me an email as far as I can tell) but they say it's not eligible for free data. Voice and text are available. I'm wondering if there are 2 different "black lists": one for activation at all and another for activation of cellular data?

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    1. FreedomPop has their own BYOP whitelist and the Samsung Galaxy Mega is not on it. It can run the FreedomPop app for free calls and messages using WiFi or another operator's network.

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    2. Yes, I finally figured out that their offer was for their voip app, not for actual cell service with the Mega. I'll keep an eye out and maybe they'll add support eventually.

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  28. Will an iphone 5s from Sprint work with assurance wireless?

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    1. No, you can only use Virgin Mobile phones that aren't BlackBerrys, IPhones or Android phones on Assurance.

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  29. I need to know if i can get either a glaxy note 3 or a galaxy mega that works on sprint prepaid/no contract or boost. I need one of those phones but the only service that works in my area is boost and sprint and i dont want to be on contract. Please help

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    1. The Note 3 and Mega are not available from Boost or Sprint Prepaid. However you can use a Sprint postpaid Mega or Note 3 on a Sprint prepaid MVNO like Ting, RingPlus, Expo Mobile or Ecomobile.

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  30. I am trying to take a sprint Samsung Galaxy note 3 to straight talk and I'm having a lot of trouble. I am sure it has to do with some kind of contract block by sprint. Is there any way at all to resolve this issue. I signed up with a friend's sprint plan and we are no longer friends. She has cut off my outbound calling to be spiteful. I paid for the phone but she signed the renew contract for her family line. Am I out of luck here?

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    1. If there's money owed on the phone or for an early termination fee, Sprint will blacklist it. Either pay what Sprint wants or sell the phone as a bad-ESN phone for parts only.

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  31. Oh man that is not good news. Well the phone itself is still active. I can text and use data. Is it possible to unlock the phone to port it to a new service? I'm really in a pinch and she is really being unreasonable. I have asked her to let me put the line in my name to remove it from her plan, but she refuses. I am also afraid she will report the phone lost/stolen and I will be out of options entirely. Please help if possible...thank you for your fast reply.

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    1. As long as the phone is active on Sprint it can't be used on any other operator. Sprint needs to release the phone which they will only do for the account holder which you aren't. As long as data works you could use the Hangouts Dialer app to make calls.

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  32. Thanks again. I will chalk this up to a lesson learned.

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  33. I have a Samsung Galaxy note 2 CDMA from sprint that my friend will sale me. Everytime I put it on byod straight talk it tells me I need to buy a network access code an when I go to buy online it has me put information in again then tells me no coverage in zip code.Any advice on if it will work on any no contract plan.

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    1. You can use a Sprint Samsung Note II on Ting, RingPlus, Expo Mobile or Ecomobile

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  34. So What does LTE mean? . . Cause it showed up on my phone yesterday & it still is on my phone. i have been having trouble like when i answer a phone call the person can't hear me, but i can hear them perfectly. Please help ):

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    1. LTE stands for "Long Term Evolution" It's a faster data technology, so it's a good thing.

      I doubt that the calls issue has anything to do your phone getting LTE. To fix it:
      - Try turning the phone off for a minute or two and than back on.
      - If that doesn't help report the issue to your operator as it could be a network issue that they can fix.
      - If it's not the network your phone's microphone may have failed. As a workaround until you cam replace the phone, try using a wired or Bluetooth headset or speaker phone.

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  35. Got a question any news on when the nexus 5 thats blacklisted will be allowed its been about a month now ?

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    1. The Sprint Nexus 5 should be permitted now. However, I'm still waiting for confirmation that it's allowed from Ting or RingPlus or reports of successful activations from users before I remove the "banned" label from it.

      If you have the phone try entering its IMEI on Ting's checker at https://ting.com/byod It will tell you if the phone is allowed or not.

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  36. I checked it out thnx . it said that it well be allowed in Feb once gsm service is launched .. I had tmbolie before and it was financed but I paid it off I have to wait 72 hours for it to clear from the system they told me I think that's why my imei is coming as gsm but looks like it shud be working thnx again . I have a different question what's this new boost mobile/sprint unlocking policy for next month what dose it mean for boost do u no any info .

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  37. So I bought a regular sprint Samsung S3 (not prepaid) and activated/used it on Flash wireless networks. Then just recently sold the and now it can't be activated on the regular sprint service because when I had the device activated thru Flash wireless networks, their system rooted/jailbroke the device. Can thus be reversed so it can be used on a regular sprint contract account??

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    1. the reason your phone can't be used on sprint is because once you activated with a mvno such as flash wireless its automatically consider a prepaid phone

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  38. I don't know who or what "Flash wireless networks" is but whoever flashed your phone should be able to un-flash it so it works on Sprint. Actually any competent flasher should be able to. For a fee of course.

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    1. After reversing the flash, it is easy for any MVNO to change the provider code from PBL back to SPCS so that the phone can be used on Sprint again. A competent Sprint store tech can also do this.

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  39. Can An HTC One M8 Be Changed To Boost?

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  40. Is the galaxy s4 tri-band still blacklisted since today is it's anniversary cuz im trying to use it on boost?

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    1. Boost doesn't use the blacklist, they have their own whitelist of approved phones. The S4T has been allowed on Boost since early last month. See Boost Now Allowing More Sprint Phones Including the Galaxy S4

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  41. Can a HTC One M8 be changed from Boost or Sprint to Verizon?

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    1. No, only the Sprint version of the M8 can be used on Sprint and only the Verizon version can be used on Version.

      Currently no version of the M8 can be activated on Boost.

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    2. Can the sprint samsung galaxy mega bu used on sprint prepaid plan or can I get it flashed to boost

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  42. Can the Samsung Galaxy Mega be flashed to boost mobile or can I use it under the Sprint prepaid plan111/

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  43. Can the Samsung Galaxy Mega be flashed to boost mobile or can I use it under the Sprint prepaid plan111/

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  44. Does this mean I can use the Iphone 5s or 5c on Boost Mobile and is this even possible?

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    1. Not at the moment, Boost only allows Boost branded phones and a small number of Sprint postpaid phones on their service. If your iPhone is unlocked or locked to AT&T, you can use it on Cricket which offers similar plans. Including 2.5GB for $35 (with auto pay) and 20GB for $55 taxes included. Cricket also has better coverage, on the AT&T network, than Boost.

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  45. What about these devices and Straight Talk?

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  46. I noticed ringplus was selling the galaxy's s5 so does that mean we can use it with them?
    I know the anniversary says April but I'm just a bit confused when I saw them selling the phone to use on their service.

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    1. Phones sold by NVNOs were always exempt form the blacklist. Also, as noted in the 1st paragraph of this post the blacklist has been eliminated but replaced by the FEC which is even worse. See: Updated: Sprint MVNO BYOSP is Badly Broken | Prepaid Phone News

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  47. I have a contract sprint note 3 that i upgraded to s6, can someone use it on sprint prepaid(note 3)?

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  48. Hi i have a question, If i buy a nexus 5 sprint model with bad esn. can the phone work with Tmobile, ATT or H2O. Accounting to the data above the phone should be good after a year? can you please confirm that.???? thank you..

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    1. Go ahead and buy it. Then, when it does not work you will have learned not to buy from thieves and deadbeats. That's what it takes for some greedy people to understand.

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  49. Thanks for replying back. i dont know too much about it, but i saw found this page while researching about it. He said the it has bad esn due to not paying the bill. I am not greedy i just wanted to know. thanks tho

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  50. Can i activate an lg g3 on boost mobile since it's passed july

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    1. No, the rules for Boost are different. The phone has to be on this list: Activate a Sprint Phone FAQs | Phones & Devices FAQs | Boost Mobile and the G3 currently isn't.

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  51. Can I Use lg g3 sprint on R+. Did it come off the black list?
    Please reply. Thanks

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    1. A lot has changed since this article was published. There's no longer a blacklist.

      As long as your LG G3 wasn't associated with an account that owes Sprint money and hasn't been reported lost or stolen it should work on RingPlus.

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  52. My son has a postpaid plan with sprint. His phone is broken and is not eligible for upgrade. If I purchase a boost mobile moto e, can it be programmed to work with the postpaid sprint plan?

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