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Developing: Boost Mobile May Allow Activation of More Sprint Phones


Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand may soon allow more Sprint phones to be activated. According to a HowardForums post by a usually reliable member, the following phones will be added to the list of allowed devices on June 10: 

  • Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Sprint's name for the Galaxy S II) 
  • LG Rumor Touch 
  • LG Optimus S 
  • HTC Evo 3D 
  • Samsung Galaxy S III (16 GB) 
If true this marks the first expansion of Boost's BYOSD (Bring Your Own Sprint Device) program since its launch in November of 2012 when the following Sprint phones were approved for activation on Boost:

HTC: Hero
LG: Lotus Elite, LX370, 260, Lotus, Rumor 2
Samsung: Exclaim, Instinct M800, Instinct s30, Intercept, Moment, Reclaim, Rant, Seek, SPH-M220, SPH-M240, SPH-M320, SPH-M330, SPH-M360, SPH-M520
Sanyo: Incognito, Innuendo, Restore, SCP-2700, SCP-3200, SCP-3800, SCP-3810, Taho.

The inclusion of some relatively modern Android phones that like the two year old Galaxy S III makes the Boost BYOSD program slightly less of a joke. But I really don't understand why Sprint limits Boost BYOSD more severely than it does with Sprint MVNOs which are allowed to activate vany clean-ESN Sprint phone except BlackBerrys, Palm and Push To Talk devices and phones released in the last 12 months. The policy drives away potential customers and hurts independent Boost dealers. You'd think that Sprint would rather have BYOSD customers on their presumably higher-margin in-house Boost brand than on an MVNO.

Related: Prepaid Operator Profile: Boost Mobile

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  1. Image shows Monthly Plans for as low as $30/month
    New plan?

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    1. Nope, old image. it refers to the discontinued $45 Talk and Text feature phone plan plan with the maximum $15 Shrinkage.

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  2. Personally, I still think that Sprint's whole BYOD policy, while admittedly more enlightened and liberal than Verizon, is still rather complicated and restrictive compared to the BYOD policies of AT&T and T-Mobile, where you can BYOD almost ANY compatible device (so long as it is unlocked) regardless of age or which sales channel the device was sold in originally.

    Frankly, I don't think Sprint would lose a single thing by allowing BYOD of ANY device that is compatible with their CDMA network, without ANY age restrictions or any of this other nonsense they have. What have they got to lose?

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    1. Postpaid revenue.

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    2. Post paid would look a lot less attractive.

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  3. what can boost customers expect from.sprint

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  4. This is great news, unfortunately Sprint has the most godawful service in my area.

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  5. Ugh! When will people open their eyes and realize how classist CDMA carriers are?! Both Verizon and Sprint basically tell you "This phone is way too good for a prepaid customer so we won't let you use it." You have to settle for the crappy and outdated devices they think you should have.

    This is why I'm so against Sprint buying T-Mobile. While GSM carriers could refuse to sell you a high-end device to use on prepaid (and they have done it, especially AT&T) you can go to eBay, Amazon, Newegg, Negri Electronics, etc. buy said high-end device or any other, stick your SIM card in and you have your service. You can't do that with Verizon, Sprint or their MVNOs. My advice to everyone is to avoid Verizon, Sprint and their MVNOs like the plague, unless they are the only ones with usable signal in your area.

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    1. We got a ST iPhone 5 that works on Vz MVNOs, AT&T and T-Mobile prepaid. Problem solved.
      You can also flash a Vz iPhone 5 to do this.

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  6. New Boost Bring Your Own Phone List od devices.http://androidforums.com/threads/boost-mobile-bring-your-own-phone-list.791243/

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    1. That list is from 2013. The current list of Sprint phones that can be activated on Boost is here: Activate a Sprint phone on Boost Mobile® today | FAQ | Customer Support | Boost Mobile

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