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Boost Now Allowing More Sprint Phones Including the Galaxy S4

A reader alerted me to an apparent change in Sprint's policy disallowing the use of most Sprint phones on Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid service. According  an entry on the Boost Mobile site's Frequently Asked Questions Page, a number of recent Sprint phones including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S4T (triband) can now be activated on Boost. Here's the full list:

"Activate a Sprint phone on Boost Mobile® today
Which Sprint phones can I use on Boost?


  • Apple iPhone 5c
  • Apple iPhone 5s
  • Apple iPhone 6
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
  • HTC Hero
  • L260
  • LG G
  • LG G2
  • LG Lotus
  • LG Lotus Elite
  • LG LX370
  • LG Optimus S
  • LG Remarq
  • LG Rumor 2
  • LG Rumor Touch
  • Samsung Instinct
  • Samsung Instinct s30
  • Samsung Intercept
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4T
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
  • 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
How can I activate an eligible Sprint phone?

You can activate an eligible Sprint phone by visiting a local Boost Mobile store. You can find a store near you by going to the Store Locator on boostmobile.com. Please Note: National Retail stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy will not be able to activate an eligible Sprint device."


In addition to the Galaxy S4 and S4T, the HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Shift 4G and the 32GB Galaxy S III are also new to the list of allowed Sprint phones.

I'm not sure when this change went into effect but it appears to be very recent. Although the new policy is published on the Boost site, I suspect many Boost dealers are unaware of the change. If you are a Boost customer or dealer and have been able to activate a recent Sprint phone on Boost please share your experiences in a comment.

Update 6/29/15: Boost has added the iPhone 5c, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the "LG G" to the list of Sprint phones that can be activated in Boost. The HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Shift 4G, Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and the Samsung Galaxy S III have been removed from the list.

Related:
Prepaid Operator Profile: Boost Mobile
Developing: Boost Mobile May Allow Activation of More Sprint Phones

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  1. Sprint is desperate now. Sprint smells T-mobile about to grab the #3 spot in America. Sprint should have done all this a year or two ago before Uncarrier T-mobile caught momentum. People this why Sprint + T-mobile wasn't good for business. There would have never been this competition we have seen since Sprint decided not to buy T-mobile. Can't wait to see how close it is after Quarter 4 results 2014 are released later this month. Imagine when T-mobile passes Sprint; how desperate and even more competitive Sprint will be as the #4 carrier.

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    1. Wrong and wrong. It did not happen in Q4 or Q1, and Sprint says they don't care about #4. But they are being competitive, as anybody could predict.

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  2. What are the Samsung SPH-Mxxx phones?

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    1. Circa 2008 feature phones. You can Google the model numbers for pictures, specs and reviews if you're curious but I doubt many people would want to use any of them.

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    2. Feature phones on Boost plans? Doesn't make any sense.

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    3. SPH-900 example: Galaxy Note 2

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  3. Interesting that the Samsung S4-triband made this list. The S4-t was not scheduled to be removed from the Sprint 'blacklist' until Feb 6,2015; now it has been removed more than one month early(assuming this applies to all MVNO's).

    Unfortunately, they did not include the Samsung S5; due to be 'white-listed' April 11, 2015.

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  4. Dennis the only thing about Boost I don't like is that they don't announce a lot of new services they come out with. I never knew they had premium caller ID service or testing out a new family plan until I check out my account.

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    1. The family plan is supposed to be a trial in limited markets. I heard it's 2,3 or 4 lines for $100/month unlimited T&T 1GB data. Is that what you were iffered?

      What's "Premium Called ID" and how much dies it cost?

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    2. No the family plan isn't offered in my area. The caller ID cost $3 a month. I will be glad to send you a screenshot.

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    3. Please do sed me a screenshot the advanced caller ID. Send to dennis AT Prepaidphonenews DOT com

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  5. I like the fact that sprint phone can be activated let's not forget other prepaid carriers sprint has out there ... I don't think T-Mobile well pass sprint escply now with new plans and new deals I see more people coming to sprint and starting next month a new unlocking policy comes in . I don't like T-Mobile service its spotty sprint is way better its CDMA jus like Verizon cdma . and sprint uses 3 different technology I heard . if T-Mobile was to pass it would be just temporary I think but trust me I had T-Mobile and was being charged a lot more .. I just can't wait for nexus device to be used on boost Mobile ..

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    1. " if T-Mobile was to pass it would be just temporary I think but..."

      T-Mobile coverage, like that of Sprint, is terrible (half that of ATT and Verizon). That's when you look at actual coverage, not misleading figures like number of potential customers.

      However, T-Mobile has much better deals and better marketing than Sprint, by far. T-Mobile ACTS like it is a dominant player. Sprint just seems like a fish flopping on the dock, like it is always going out of business. It doesn't inspire confidence.

      CSMA vs GSM? It doesn't matter in comparison to coverage. I had CDMA under Sprint, was lucky to get coverage at all, and when I did it was weak. I went to GSM under ATT, and have only found one small place (indoors or out) where I didn't get coverage.

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    2. In the USA, only 18M fewer people (5.9%) can get a signal with a T-Mobile account compared to a Verizon account. 15M (5%) fewer people compared to AT&T. That shows how silly it is to just look at color blocks on coverage maps and say that T-Mobile or Sprint coverage is terrible, half of the others. Clearly these people aren't even looking at the right T-Mobile map. If some people want to pay more every month of every year for cellphone service based on the chance that they might someday go somewhere and have to have a Verizon or AT&T signal, fine. The vast majority will be better served by checking the coverage maps for the places that they know they NEED service. The 8M new T-Mobile customers in 2014 get it.

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    3. "In the USA, only 18M fewer people (5.9%) can get a signal with a T-Mobile account compared to a Verizon account"

      I'm speaking of actual coverage, which matters to users with mobile phones. In actual coverage, Verizon and AT&T have around twice as much area covered as T-Mobile, or Sprint (taken separately)

      When I use a phone, it matters to me where I can use it: not the numbers of users. And you can only use a T-Mobile phone in half as many places as one on the Verizon network.

      Far from being "silly", accurate coverage maps (Open Signal, etc) are the most useful thing to determine where a phone will work or not. Again, it matters where you can use the phone, and T-Mobile comes up very short. The numbers of people at residential addresses, something you keep bringing up, only matters to those will will only use the phones in their front yard, and are really meaningless.

      " on the chance that they might someday go somewhere...."

      Happens all the time, since objectively, T-Mobile coverage is half of Verizon. This is what the facts say if you look them up. It also matches my experience: everywhere I take my phone, I've gotten bars on Verizon and ATT. I've gotten some sometimes on Sprint. I've never gotten anything for T-Mobile.

      The "vast majority"? I beg to differ. It doesn't make sense to go with a plan just because it has 8 million new customers in year. That is just quoting ad copy. This has no bearing on the user experience. What is a lot more important is the ability to actually use the phone. This is where coverage,at this time, kills Sprint and the very similar T--Mobile.

      Because once you discard meaningless stats about churn and new-customers per year, T-mobile phones can only be used in half as much of the country as phones in the big networks can. A meaningful stat, unlike the 5.9% thing.

      No need to hide this fact. Open Signal and other sources don't lie: T-Mobile coverage is terrible at this time.

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    4. More objective sales-spiel-free information about the situation where T-Mobile (and Sprint) are way behind.:

      "http://www.computerworld.com/article/2488374/wireless-carriers/studies-show-sprint-and-t-mobile-need-to-expand-u-s--coverage.html

      "In its report, RootMetrics noted that both Verizon and AT&T at the national level are "head and shoulders above the other networks" with a "large gap" between Verizon and AT&T and Sprint and T-Mobile."

      "If you travel throughout the country or are looking for a network that excelled at our broadest-level testing, Verizon or AT&T remain your best options," RootMetrics said.

      "At the state level, Verizon finished in first place in 46 of 50 states for network reliability in the RootMetrics study, while AT&T won or tied for first in 16 states. Sprint and T-Mobile never took first place in overall performance or network speed in any of the states."

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      Once you get right down to the facts, there are only two leading national networks. And two others with significantly worse coverage.

      One of the commenters even concludes: ""If you travel throughout the country or are looking for a network that excelled at our broadest-level testing, Verizon or AT&T remain your best options," RootMetrics said.

      At the state level, Verizon finished in first place in 46 of 50 states for network reliability in the RootMetrics study, while AT&T won or tied for first in 16 states. Sprint and T-Mobile never took first place in overall performance or network speed in any of the states."

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      One of the commenters even concludes: "The story's headline point is constantly being made by Verizon in its current TV commercials, with those coverage maps of the USA."

      Those are the maps that show Verizon having significantly better coverage the Sprint and T-Mobile, and coverage only a little better than AT&T.

      T-Mobile complained about this testing, and the results. One of their key complaints was that those doing the testing were in cars... mobile. Unfair, right?

      I hope we can put the T-Mobile corporate office board meeting "8 million new subscribers" and churn rate information to bed entirely, and look at actual coverage when discussing coverage from now on...

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  6. Boost, the spring of 2014 called. It wants its prepaid phone lineup back.

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  7. Boost's Mobile Samsung Galaxy Prevail being updated with LTE.

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    1. Yes, Boost announced a new phone with an old name today, the Samsung Galaxy Prevail LTE for $129.99. Specs are similar to the $79.99 LG Tribute: 4.5" screen, 5MP camera, HD Voice, triband LTE. The Prevail does have more internal memory, 8GB vs 4 GB and a slightly faster processor Snapdragon 410 vs 40

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  8. Wen well a nexus 5 be available on boost Mobile dose anyone no ?

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  9. Confused...this article seems to be indicating that I can unlock the Samsung Galaxy SIII & S4 phones I currently have for use with Boost Mobile (I want out of my ridiculous Sprint contract) but the local Boost Mobile store is saying that I can use Boost if I purchase their phones. If anyone can clear up this confusion for me, that would be great. Thanks.

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    1. It's definitely possible, show the Boost Store people this web page which explains the process. Note that the Sprint phone can not currently active on Sprint and both the phone and any Sprint contract associated with it must be fully paid off including any early termination fee.

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    2. Thanks for your response.

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  10. Can I purchase a used Iphone 5c to use on Boost that came from Sprint? I need a used Iphone 5c for a lower price to use on Boost.

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    1. No, the iPhone 5c is not on the list of Sprint phones that can be activated on Boost.

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    2. Did Boost remove the iPhone 5C? You still list it in your post above, Dennis.

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    3. yeah, it says iphone 5c can be activated by boost but youre replying dennis, saying it can't be. which one is it?

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    4. At one time the 5c was on Boost's list of allowed phones but it no longer is. There's a link to the official list in the first paragraph of the post.

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    5. i was able to get my Sprint iPhone 5c activated onto boost mobile just by calling them and they switched it over and everything is working LTE MMS and Calling with texts and im on the $45 5GB plan.

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  11. Thank you for your help.

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  12. When is the sprint s5 available to be connected to boost!

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  13. My note 2 is flashed to boost

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  14. I just bought a Sprint Note 3 after reading this article since it is listed as one that can be activated on Boost. I bought it used so it did not come with a SIM card. I know Sprint is CDMA but I have read that the SIM is still necessary to get 4G LTE on the phone, and maybe even just to activate it with Boost. When I called Sprint cust serv and Sprint stores to see if they could give me one, they were being difficult about it. DO I NEED THE SIM CARD???

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    1. You do need the SIM card to activate the phone. Sprint phones can only be activated on Boost by Boost dealers so you will probably have better luck getting a SIM from a Boost dealer. If you can't find a SIM locally, you can buy one from Ting for $9

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    2. Anonymous, did you ever get your note 3 worked out? I have a "boost" sim purchased with a "boost" galazy s5, but on the SIM it says "sprint", so I'm assuming all boost/sprint SIM cards are the same. Did you have any trouble getting the note 3 flashed from Sprint to Boost? Thanks.

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  15. But won't the Boost dealer only have Boost Sim cards, not Sprint Sim cards? And Boost does not offer the Note 3, so would they have a Sim card for it? Or can they just put any random Boost Sim card in it since it is being activated on Boost, not Sprint? I talked to a Boost dealer and he is the one who told me to call Sprint to get a Sim, but let me know what you think because I have no idea??

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  16. The SIMs that Ting is selling are Sprint SIMs. I believe that Boost SIMs are the same. Try a different Boost dealer or get a SIM from Ting.

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  17. Hey dennis i was wondering before I go buy it can I use a sprint galaxy s5 on boost mobile

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  18. Can a Sprint phone that has been switched to Boost be later switched back to Sprint if one decides they do not like Boost's service? Or will it first have to remain on the Boost account for at least a year? And is Boost service the EXACT same as Sprint's, or do you get lower priority for bandwidth, call quality, etc? Does Boost allow roaming, or will you not have service in some remote areas that you would've had with Sprint?

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    1. AFAIK, you can move a Sprint phone back to Sprint at anytime after using it on Boost. I haven't heard of anyone doing it but I find it hard to believe that Sprint who make it difficult for a customer to give them more money.

      Unlike Sprint, Boost service doesn't include any roaming. Sprint won't admit it, but I believe that Boost phones receive lower priority for data than Sprint phones when the network or tower is overloaded.

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    2. Do you think that Boost phones receive lower priority for data than Sprint PREPAID phones, or does your comment only apply to Sprint postpaid?

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    3. I have no inside knowledge of how Sprint's network prioritization works. I suspect it's something like:
      First responders, Sprint network technicians and VIPs: highest priority
      Post paid
      Sprint Prepaid, Boost, Virgin, Assurance (all equal priority)
      MVNOs: lowest priority

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    4. Boost Mobile can switch from Boost back to Sprint - however they will often tell you that they are unable to do this. You must insist and tell them that it was formerly on Sprint and re-skued to Boost Mobile. Boost Mobile is awful to deal with and are a horrible company where nobody knows how things work.

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    5. Sprint should be able to do it do and they should be easier to work with than Boost, especially if you are trying to become a customer.

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    6. I have a Sprint iPhone 5s that I was able to activate on Boost at a Boost retail location. The problem is that I moved and I can't get reception at my new address on Boost. I can't unlock the phone to any other network now due to Boosts policy.. but what's really messed up is they won't even let me reactivate it back onto Sprint now. Is there a way around this because everyone I have tried talking to both at Boost and Sprint have told me that there is now way to move it back to Sprint. Every single call I make or receive at my new address gets dropped. It's completely useless to me on Boost but the Spring people say that I would have coverage if I was on the full Sprint network instead of prepay w/ Boost.

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    7. I'm having the same problem. It seems once Boost re-sku'd the device to prepaid they won't switch it back to postpaid Sprint. Is there a way around this?

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    8. I can't think of any technical reason why a phone can't be switched from Sprint to Boost and back to Sprint.

      The problem is that level one support doesn't have the training or tools to do anything out of the ordinary. You need to keep calling, asking to be escalated to a higher level of technical support until you get someone who knows what they are doing.

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  19. I have read some vague things online that Virgin allows roaming even though Boost does not, but like I said it's not clear. Do you know? And do you have any idea why Virgin's plans are priced so much worse than Boost's?

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    1. You can add extra cost roaming to the Walmart-exclusive Virgin Mobile Data Done Right plans. There's no roaming on the regular Virgin Plans. As for pricing, a lot of things Sprint does don't make sense to me.

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  20. Does anyone know if any Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is can possibly be activated for Boost Mobile?
    Thank you!!

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    1. Not currently. Check the list of allowed Sprint phones on the Boost site for updates.

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  21. Dennis, thank you.
    I read that on your threads but can't seem to find any mention on sprint on Boost website. Would you happen to have that URL?

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    1. The link is in the first paragraph of the post. Here it is again: Frequently Asked Questions Page

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  22. Thank you, Sir. Very appreciative!

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  23. Dennis, you mention and link the list of Sprint phones allowed on BOOST, but do you know if you can use these same Sprint "regular plan" phones on SPRINT Prepaid? Some listings for these Sprint phones on Ebay say they will only work for Sprint, not Sprint Prepaid. Seems strange that Sprint would allow them on Boost but not Sprint Prepaid. But, it may be the case because the list phones in the Sprint Prepaid section of Sprint's website is very limited. Also, in the FAQ's on Sprint Prepaid website, it asks :

    Q: If I already have a Sprint device, can I use it with a Sprint Prepaid plan?

    A: Sprint Prepaid devices are specially designed to work with Sprint Prepaid plans. Sprint Prepaid plans are limited only to approved Sprint Prepaid devices.

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    1. You can only use Sprint Prepaid phones on Sprint Prepaid.

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  24. Updated info and my experience using a Sprint phone or the Boost Mobile network.

    I purchased a practically new sprint Samsung galaxy S5 on CL on May 2 and called Boost Mobile customer service on May 3 and I was able to get Boost customer service to unlock my phone so that I could use it on Boosts Network. I realizes that the S5 wasn't on the list when I called but I figured I would try anyway and I was successful. The process took less than 10 minutes. The website indicates that you have to go into A Boost Mobile store to complete the process but none of the Boost stores in my area were open on Sunday so I decided to call customer service to find out if I could do the unlocking and activation process online and I was successful

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    1. Hi - I just called and was was shot down by Boost Customer Service stating that the S5 was not on the list of approved Sprint devices. She said that even if she wanted to she couldn't because the system was not allowing her. Did you tell the rep that it was a Galaxy S5?

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    2. To the Anonymous who said it DID work, does MMS (picture messaging) work too? I am wondering because Boost's site says that it may or may not.

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    3. I spent 45 minutes with customer service, and went to a store today. No go on both. Are you sure you bought a genuine S5?

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  25. I activated Sprint S4 mini, got Msl from Sprint then swapped it out. Called Boost CS and they took care of unlock/flash. There is $30 plan for 4G phone 2GB autopay. Cheaper for me, have WIFI and so does phone, don't need unlimited data.

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  26. If I wanted to get my sprint iPhone 5s switched to boost mobile, how should I go about that? It's not on a contract & my phone bill gets higher & higher every month.

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    1. Go to a Boost store or call Boost. As far as I know it's not possible to do it online.

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  27. I got a clean Esn sprint iPhone 5s and I can't get it activated on Boost. I called Boost many times and I also called many boost stores nearby and no one can get it activated. Any thing else I can do?

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    1. What reason do Boost representatives give for being unable to active a phone that the Boost website says can be activated on Boost.

      Does the phone pass Ting's ESN checker? If it does you shouldd be able to activate it on any Sprint MVNO including Ting, RingPlus, FreedomPOP or Ecomaobile.

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  28. The boost customer service agents just say that it won't let them activate the phone. When I called some boost stores they say that they cannot activate sprint iPhones. It passed the Ting Esn checker.

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  29. Does anyone know if you can activate any other unlocked phones with Boost besides Sprint phones? If you do could you kindly pass that info on to me? I'm not thinking they do but I guess it doesn't hurt to ask lol. Thanks in advance!

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    1. Boost doesn't accept phones from any other carriers except Sprint.

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  30. Bought a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 today from Best Buy. Sounds like I can activate it on Sprint correct?

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    1. If it's Sprint postpaid you can activate on Sprint postpaid or Boost. If it's a Sprint Prepaid S4 it will only work on Sprint Prepaid.

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    2. This is brand new, I think I want to go with Boost Mobile. What I am curious about does it have to be activated on Sprint before I can bring it to boost?

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    3. I haven't of anyone trying to activate a brand new never activated Sprint phone on Boost. But the Boost site doesn't say Sprint phones have to used on Sprint before they can be activated on Boost so it should work. Try it and see.

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    4. i am thinking of buying s4 too did yours work

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    5. Tony,

      Yes, it works just fine. Call Boost Mobile and have them re-sku it. Then you can activate it on their network. Best Buy has the Sprint Galaxy S4 for $199.99, right now.

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    6. 10KEyes, does MMS (picture messaging) work too?

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    7. Yes, MMS works fine as far as I can tell. I texted a picture to my wife and she received it error free. I didn't try a video, but from a programming standpoint it should be any different, it is an encoded binary attachment. I have had no issues with it at all.

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  31. I tried to activate a sprint galaxy s3 on boost and they said they can do it but sprint locks the media messaging feature so you cannot send or receive pictures via text message. That is just ridiculous!

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    1. Did you ever try Dennis' suggestion? I am curious if it worked because on Boost's site in the FAQ's it does say that MMS (picture messaging) may or may not work.

      http://www.boostmobile.com/support/faq/?CID=cj_datafeed#!/activate-sprint-phone

      Scroll down, It is the 8th question down in the FAQ section

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  32. Also, since I activated on Boost with the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4, I received a system update and I am now running Lollipop 5.0.1.

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  33. Can boost activate an iPhone 5c or at least try if I go to a nearby location ?

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    1. You can always try but the 5c is not on the list of allowed phones so it's unlikely to work.

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  34. Hey 10keyes I want to go buy a sprint galaxy s4.and put it on my already active boost account. What do I think I know you said yours worked but just would appreciate any tips or advise. Let me know yzwebby@aol.com

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  35. You need to call Boost Mobile customer service and tell the you need to have a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 reSKUed for Boost Mobile. You will need the MEID and takes a couple of minutes. Once finished, you can activate it on your account.

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  36. OK let me state sprint way back n the early years did suck don't let some people get you down I had better coverage and bars when I had sprint great 4glte watched all the videos I wanted tv shows Netflix YouTube yea all ran fine on my unlimited plan and I never got throttled sprint is really good OK and my experience with them was wonderful yes at-home %&-655

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  37. Yes at&t and Verizon have better service but do you really need data that reaches 100 plus mgb a second I mean no file downloads that fast and even files that large which are torrents are slowed down by the company so I would use sprint personally plus you'll save a ton of money and if you want to go prepaid unlimited no throttle metropcs is good

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  38. can i activate a Sprint 5c with boost mobile? a sales associate at my local mall said it that i could, but this page says otherwise! HELP, im not trying to buy an used phone to later find out that i'm not able to activate it

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    1. The iPhone 5c is not on Boost's list of allowed phones so I wouldn't expect it to work. See Activate a Sprint phone on Boost Mobile® today | FAQ | Customer Support | Boost Mobile for the list. The 5s and 5 are OK.

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    2. I recently activated a Sprint iPhone 5c to my daughters boost account and it works just fine.

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  39. Dennis, you are slightly off with your comment above.
    The website says the 5s and 5c work, the plain 5 will not. I have called Boost several times on this (I have a plain 5) and they consistently say they can't activate my Sprint iphone 5. My other dilemma is that I need a iphone 6 with 64gb for Boost and they have never been given the OK by Sprint to sell them....you can only get a iphone 6 16gb as the others have always been "out of stock" since they started selling the iphones. I currently am out of contract with Sprint, and could buy one from them and switch to Boost (as a Boost rep confirmed) But I am afraid something won't work and I got a new phone that won't activate with anyone but Sprint? Advice???

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    1. It looks like Boost changed the list of allowed phones again. The 5 used to be OK and the 5c not allowed. Now it's the other way around.

      As for buying a Sprint iPhone 6 Plus 64 GB to use on Boost, just be sure it's returnable. Boost has got to be the most unpredictable and difficult carrier in the world to BYOP with.

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  40. thanks for the confirmation about Boost....I was unaware of the level of optimization of the network and fairness algorithm that either is or was going on-good info. I really don't have a complaint with Sprint except for the price, and compared to others, it seems good. Guess I will just stick it out with them but am not going under a contract ever again. Never no what will happen to pricing in two years. Thanks for your comments!

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  41. Sprint and related have good prices, but bad coverage. I had it for years, and thought it was a normal cell experience to have no coverage at all inside buildings, and only isolated spots outside.

    I left them, now know better, and won't go back.

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  42. I work for a boost authorized dealer. We've tried to re-sku/activate two different Note 3's that were Sprint phones with clean esn's on Boost. Both times the phones would make calls but the internet/mobile data would not work. We have tried adjusting apn settings, have been on the phone with boost customer service for hours, etc. and have successfully reskued other phones from sprint to boost. The Note 3's have not been successful. Boost is awful

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    1. Hi Im having the same problem here I wonder if you have spoken to your rep yet? Did they offer any answers?

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    2. I'm having this issue with my LG G2. I can make phone calls and send texts but no data. Any solution?

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    3. Try updating the data profile and PRL:
      Go to Settings >System updates: Tap Update profile then tap Update PRL

      If that doesn't fix it dial ##SCRTN# this will clear the data settings and reboot the phone when it restarts Handsfree activation will run which should set everything up correctly.

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  43. I want to get an iPhone 6 64gb to use on Boost Mobile, but cannot find one anywhere. Sold out on the website and no Boost Mobile stores around here have any. After seeing this article I called Boost Mobile to ask if I could use a Sprint phone, and the person said that it is not possible. When I referred to the FAQ on their own website she said that was wrong and that it's absolutely not possible.

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  44. Just purchased a new Sprint Galaxy Note 3. Attempted to activate this phone on my existing boost mobile account. The phone says it won't activate but I can send/receive phone calls and text messages. My 4G data for apps and the internet will not work unless on wifi. Any suggestions?

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    1. I'm having the exact problem. You need a Boost SIM card , in order to activates the phone. Replace the white sprint sim in the back with a boost one. Call customer service And have them ship one out to you

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    2. Have you had any luck getting your note 3 working? Did Boost send you a new SIM card?

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    3. Boost sent me a new sim card which i immediately activated. I continue to have the issue of no data connection. Can make and receive calls and text but no 4G data.

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  45. I have a Sprint Galaxy S4, when my Sprint contract expired I put it on Ting Wireless. Now I want to put it on Boost but they are telling me they can't do it, that the phone isn't in their database. I can't get through to a human on their customer service, apparently only current customers can talk to a rep. Any ideas?

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    1. First you need to ask Ting to "push" the phone back to Sprint. Then when call Boost you need to ask for the phone to be "re-SKU'ed" to Boost. If the agent doesn't know what that means or how to do it ask to speak to a supervisor.

      To quickly reach a human at Boost dial 800-467-0890 then enter 402 when connected.

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    2. Thanks! You are a genius! I'm on the phone with Boost and they are re-SKUing it right now. =)

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  46. well...it almost worked the guy came back to the phone and said Sprint has a block on the phone, we were disconnected and when I tried to call back their office was closed. I'm on hold with Sprint now to see if they can tell me what this block is about.

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    1. Ah Sprint, America's most incompetent phone company.

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    2. Success at last, the Ting Wireless rep tried again to push the phone back to Sprint, he then did a conference call with Boost and between him and the Boost CSR they finally got the Boost system to accept it. Ting is great, it just didn't work out for me the pricing tiers pushed me into a rate higher than Boost, but I must say, they have excellent support techs

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  47. I am also having problems getting mobile data on my former sprint Galaxy note 3 that was activated on boost. Has anyone been successful with this phone on boost.

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    1. Did you update the profile? This is from Ting and refers to a Note 2 but the procedure should be the same. https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/articles/205428288-Completing-Activation-for-your-Samsung-Device

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    2. I did try to update my profile and prl, I get a message that the profile can not be update because there is no data connection. I was on the phone with Boost for over 1 hour and tried a few things. They told me that a lot of people are having problems with the Note 3. The phone goes into hands free activation, but is not successful.

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    3. Apparently there is no solution for that. I have been trying for a month now and the reps at boost still keep referring to to a hard reset thinking that will help. I keep mentioning that all resets have been performed. Even one where the sprint animation was removed and for signal it says Chameleon. I think I might just have to go with Sprint and activate it there and drop Boost. Any other ideas beside setting APN's which doesn't help?

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  48. It is hard to believe that boost can't get the note 3 to work. It can't be that much different than the s4 or s5 that work fine on boost. They should remove the note 3 from the list of approved sprint devices so people like myself don't waste their money.

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  49. Thanks for the great article Dennis. I had a question: after reading the article, I bought a used clean ESN Sprint S4t, but when calling Boost, they said they can't activate it because it's not "unlocked" and I'd need to call Sprint to do that. I called Sprint and they of course said they can't unless I was the previous owner of the phone and knew the account login. Gah. After reading some of the comments above, it sounds like Boost could unlock it over the phone. Is that possible or am I stuck with a useless phone? Would I have to use one of those websites that unlock it manually for a fee? Thanks!

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    1. Sprint phone's don't need to be unlocked to use on Boost, they need to be "re-SKUed". The person you talked to obviously didn't have a clue. Keep calling until you get a rep who does.

      However, if the previous owner owes Sprint money for an unpaid bill, ETF or phone installment plan or has reported the phone lost or stolen Boost will be unable to re-SKU the phone.

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    2. Great, thanks Dennis! Could you describe what "re-SKUing" is in case I need to explain over the phone what I'm trying to accomplish? Thanks again for your help and a great article!

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    3. I have no idea what re-SKUing actually does but it's a term that Boost customer service personnel use to describe the process required before a Sprint Phone will work on Boost.

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    4. Good enough! I tried Googling the term and couldn't find anything, but as long as they will know what it is. Thanks very much!

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  50. is they any way at all to push reskued note 3 back to sprint?

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    1. Sprint should be able to do that. Also RingPlus says that using their IMEI Checker will push an MVNO phone back to Sprint. It might work for Boost too, no harm in trying.

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  51. Will a no contract lg g2 for sprint work on boost

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  52. Do you know if the note 4 will be available for boost mobile? and if it is when it will be available?

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    1. I have no insider information but:
      Boost has never directly sold any Samsung Note model so I doubt they will sell the Note 4
      Boost started allowing the Sprint Note 3 to be activated on Boost about 2 1/2 months after the Note 4 launched on Sprint. The Sprint Note 5 launched August 21 so IF Boost follows the same pattern you should able to use a Sprint Note 4 on Boost around the middle of November.

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  53. If I put my boost sim in my galaxy s3 16g will it work?

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  54. Hi Dennis, great article.

    I plan on buying a brand new, non activated Sprint LG G2 from eBay. Will I need a Sim card to activate it or can I just call Boost and have it reskued by a csr? Thanks.

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    1. A new Sprint LG G2 should come with a Sprint SIM which can be used on Boost.

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  55. I was about to purchase an S4mini for my girlfriend to be used on the boost network. They sell new sprint versions on Amazon for hundreds less than official boost versions through boost. I was about to go for it when I read this on boosts site..

    Q: "Can I purchase ringtones, wallpaper, and games on the eligible Sprint phones?"
    A: No, these services are only available for purchase on Boost Mobile phones.

    Now, are they referring to boost crappy stuff that I don't want anyway, or play store and amazon app purchases? Without the ability to install apps and games, I think the price saving would be fairy moot.

    They also sell, new sprint version unlocked phones, as opposed to unlocked I guess?
    Would one or the other be preferable?

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    1. Boost doesn't block access to the Play Store or the Amazon App Store on non-Boost phones, only the Boost store.

      Unlocked or locked only applies GSM phones or the GSM portion of a dual-mode CDMA + GSM phones. It's irrelevant to using a phone on Boost.

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  56. Has anyone had problems with activating a Sprint Iphone 6 to the boost mobile network? I have a brand new phone from Sprint and I'm worried about the MMS messaging. I also heard that the 4G goes down to 3G when switched and people not having internet unless on the Wi-Fi.

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  57. Hi - I just tried to activate a Gold Sprint Iphone 5S,but was shot down stating that only the Space Gray version of 5S is compatible. Does this sound right? I can't believe color plays a factor in device compatibility between Sprint & Boostmobile..so frustrated..

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  58. Does Boost Mobile use the same towers as Sprint? I was told that Boost Mobile uses "old" Sprint towers and not newer ones and therefore have poorer service.

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    1. Boost phones can use all Sprint towers. Unlike Sprint postpaid there's no off network roaming so you can't use Verizon or US Cellular towers like a postpaid Sprint user can.

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  59. I am looking to purchase a Galaxy S4 to use on Boost. One vendor has two phones, a sprint S4 and a sprint S$ re Sku'd for boost. The vendor charges $50 more for the boost phone. Should I care? Is there an advantage to buying the re sku'd phone?

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    1. Re-SKU is what Boost calls the process that allows a specific Sprint phone to work on Boost. Getting Boost to re-SKU a phone is big hassle and time waster with no guarantee of success. $50 seems like a fair price for removing the hastle and uncertainty.

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  60. Thanks. Do i just activate it like a boost phone, on line?

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    1. If it's been re-SKU'ed you should be able to.

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  61. Hey dennis if I switch a galaxy s5 to the boost network will I get 4g lte?

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  62. Yes, there's no reason why you shouldn't get LTE with a Sprint S5 on Boost.

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    1. I just bought a sprint s4 but got no sim card,can i still get it on boost?(im on boost but with a s2 jus want to upgrade)what should i do?

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    2. You need a Sprint SIM. A Sprint Store might give you one but if they won't SIMs are available from Ting, Amazon.com or eBay.

      Be sure you get the right SIM. For the S4 it's Part SIMGLW206R also known as Type B1, SKU CZ2102LWR or UPC 760492013536

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  63. What can or can't do?

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  64. A sprint or a boost Sim card?

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    1. Sprint, Ting or Boost the name doesn't matter as long as it's SIMGLW206R, they are all the same card

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  65. The guy I buy it from gave me the Sim card!!! Now, how I get it on boost? (I would like to keep my number from my s2,the s2 is still activated on boost)is this posible?

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    1. To activate Sprint phones on Boost you are supposed to use a Boost dealer but some people have done it by calling Boost.

      Tell them you want to re-SKU a Sprint S4 for Boost and use it to upgrade from your S2.

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  66. Do i have to factory reset the s4 before calling boost?or what do i have to do?

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    1. No, when they activate it they should give you instructions including the MSL (programing code).
      After Boost activates the phone on their end:
      Dial ##72786#.
      Enter the MSL if prompted
      Confirm the reset
      Phone will restart and run hands free activation

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  67. Can I get my unlocked Galaxy 6 to work with boost?

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    1. Only the Sprint version of the S6, model SM-G920P, can be used on Boost.

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  68. I found a LG that is under boost system, unlock, how can I use it

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    1. Try to return it to the owner. Dial 611 to call Boost and they should be able to contact the person who lost the phone. If it's been reported lost you won't be able to activate it.

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  69. I bought a brand new s6 from sprint at first when I called boost they told me they could not activate the phone because it was not compatible then they reSKU it but they still saying that they can't activate it because is not compatible, anda is the Sm-G920P

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  70. Hello is it possible to connect a sprint note 5 to boost?

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  71. sprint has removed the sprint s6 from the allowed phone just like they did with the note 4 and no u can use a note 5 on boost

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    1. I don't know where you are looking but Boost's list of allowed Sprint phones still includes the S6 and Note 4. It never included the Note 5 and still doesn't.

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  72. Am I going to be able to use the new LG G5 on my boost account?

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    1. Not until Boost adds to their list of allowed phones which probably won't happen until after the G6 launches.

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  73. Mr.dennis Bournique,Please if you may be so kind to explain what's are the criteria for these particular devices & how long before Sprint decides which of these devices are suitable for reselling on boostmobile?

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    1. I don't have any information on how Sprint makes up of the list Boost eligible devices. It's obvious they are blocking the latest phones but there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to which older phones they allow and which they don't.

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  74. Is note5 able to be activated on boost its an unlocked note5 from sprint verified unlocked they said last week in August

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    1. Nope, the N5 is not on the official list of Sprint phones allowed on Boost Activate a Sprint Phone - Boost Mobile.

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  75. How about if you root a note 5, install Xposed framework and use the IMEI changer app to change to a boost IMEI- then, get a new ICC card for the hands free activation crap? Lol

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