BYO Wireless is now able to activate the Verizon iPhone 4 and 4s. BYO stopped allowing iPhones in April and even deactivated customers iPhones that were in use. BYO blamed Apple for the ban and claimed they were negotiating with the iPhone manufacturer to be able to accept them again. I'm not sure I buy that story, but the good news is that the ban has ended.
A reader alerted me today that BYO CS told him that iPhone's were now allowed, and a BYO rep confirmed the change to me.
The end of the iPhone ban levels the Verizon Bring Your Own Phone playing field a bit. BYO, like RedPocket, TracFone, NET10, Straight Talk and Selectel can now, at least in theory, activate any clean-ESN non-LTE Verizon postpaid phone. Verizon is still blocking all of its MVNOs except PagePlus from activating LTE phones. Page Plus just got to go ahead to accept Verizon LTE phones on Oct 3. I expect the other MVNOs will be able to active 4G devices eventually, probably by year end.
BYO has an interesting plan lineup that offers some good values, especially at the lower price points.
|Price 1||Talk Minutes||Texts||Data|
Any of the plans can be supplemented with add-on bundles:
$5 - 100 minutes or 1000 texts or 100 MB
$10 - 250 minutes or 2000 texts or 250 MB
$15 - 400 minutes or 4000 texts or 400 MB
Bundle credits are good for 30 days and do not roll over.
To see haw BYO stacks up against its Verizon based competition see: Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared