Home - , , , - Sprint to Allow iPhone 5c and 5s on MVNOs Sept 29

Sprint to Allow iPhone 5c and 5s on MVNOs Sept 29

Sprint has a policy of not allowing its MVNOs to activate the latest Sprint phones until at least 12 months after their initial release on Sprint. The CDMA technology that Sprint uses gives carriers total control over which phones can be activated on what accounts and Sprint uses the 12 month rule to try force users who want the latest phones to postpaid. I think that's misguided and is more likely to drive potential prepaid users to an operator with more liberal activation policies.

The iPhone 5c and 5s launched on Sprint Sept 20, 2013 so they have passed their 12 month anniversary. It usually takes Sprint about a month after a phone passes its  anniversary date before they actually start allowing their MVNOs to activate it. It looks like Sprint has fast-tracked approval of last years' iPhones on MVNOs. Sprint MVNO Ting, has posted on their blog that you will be able to bring a Sprint iPhone 5c or 5s to Ting starting Monday Sept. 29. Another Sprint MVNO Expo Mobile, notified its dealers that the iPhone 5c and 5s could be activated starting today, Sept 26, although it reportedly isn't working yet.

All the Sprint MVNOs are subject to the same list of blacklisted phones, so once the 2013 iPhones start working on one Sprint MVNO they should work on all of them that support using Sprint phones including Ting, Expo Mobile, Ecomobile, RingPlus, Kajeet, Real Mobile and Red Pocket CDMAS. Note that only iPhones sold for use on Sprint can be used on Sprint MVNOs, Boost and Virgin Mobile phones, including iPhones,will not work. Sprint iPhones can't be used on Boost or Virgin Mobile either.

Another phone that should be allowed on Sprint MVNOs soon, if not allready,  is the 1st generation Motorola Moto X which launched on Sprint Sept 6, 2013. According to Ting this phone hasn't officially been released by Sprint for MVNO activation, but should be soon. However, a Ting customer left a comment on Ting's blog post saying that he and a friend were able to activate Moto X's on Ting a few days ago.

You can check ther release date of recent Sprint phones in my post Banned Phones - Tracking The Sprint MVNO Blacklist. Ting also has a page listing if and when hundreds of Sprint devices can be activated on Ting and other MVNOs.


19 comments:

Comment Page :
  1. You can't use these phones on Boost /Virgin, correct?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Correct, only Virgin IPhones on Virgin and Boost iPhones on Boost.

      Delete
  2. And the SprintVirgin iPhones include 5S and 5C. No idea on the SprintBoost options.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Actually, it seems like Sprint has one of the most liberal MVNO activation policies in the business. Unlike some carriers, they allow LTE, and according to Ting, they specify in their MVNO contract that Sprint will provide a service level equal to their postpaid subscribers. That seems far more liberal than some other carriers like Verizon, which didn't allow activation of ANY LTE phones until recently... In fact, Sprint was the ONLY one allowing access to LTE by their MVNOs, and only recently have Verizon and T-Mobile started allowing it. To my knowledge, AT&T STILL doesn't allow LTE to any of their MVNOs, with the notable exception of Tracfone and its brands.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Too bad Sprint LTE is still not fully rolled out in many major metro areas after ~2 years and in many places where it is, any decent signal and data speeds is limited to close proximity of the tower!

      Delete
  4. the iphone 5s and 5c launched in Sept. 20, 2014? or is it 2013?

    ReplyDelete
  5. This is why I've swore off CDMA (Sprint and Verizon). Instead, I only use and recommend GSM (AT&T and T-Mobile).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A lot of people want and need a top provider, that ain't T-Mobile.

      Delete
  6. Many new Verizon phones can be used on T-Mobile and AT&T. Just for kicks I put a T-Mobile sim in and everything worked.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Red Pocket Gsm Att's top plan now has LTE but yeah, rollout on LTE for Att non Tracfone mvnos has been slooowww. At least they have so called 4G.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Good, they should have done this a lone time ago to stem the flow of people away from
    the Sprint network altogether (Sprint per se and their MVNOs).

    ReplyDelete
  9. can sprint iPhones still not be used on boost mobiles network ?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sprint iPhones still can't be activated on Boost.

      Delete
  10. Can I use my sprint iPhone 5c with a prepaid sprint card

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, you can't use a Sprint postpaid phone on Sprint Prepaid.

      Delete
  11. Recently congress passed a new law requiring that all service providers must unlock there devices if requested with provisions that the phone was in good standing when opting out. I just had Sprint domestic unlock so that I may use it on any network. I'm running boost prepaid

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There's no law requiring carriers to unlock phone. The major carriers, under pressure from the FCC, voluntarily agreed to unlock customer's phones under certain conditions.

      Delete
  12. i was just on the boost website and called boost and asked if i could use my Sprint IPhone 5c on there plans , they said i could, and all i would have to do is bring the phone in.

    ReplyDelete
Comment Page :