9to5Mac.com is reporting that Sprint has done away with its policy of blacklisting newly released phones from activation on Sprint MVNOs until one year after their release.
Although the change hasn't been confirmed by Sprint, I believe that it's likely to be true. One clue is that Sprint MVNO Ting announced on their blog today that they effective immediately they are able to activate the unlocked iPhone 6 or 6 Plus provided the phone was purchased unlocked directly from Apple. In addition, another Sprint MVNO, FreedomPop, recently started activating several blacklisted phones including previously banned Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid phones.
At this point, it looks like it's probably possible to activate any clean-ESN Sprint network capable phone on any Sprint MVNO that allows BYOP. However I urge caution before running out and buying an expensive phone to use on an MVNO. This story is still developing and there could be some hidden gotchas regarding certain phones. Also the new policy apparently only applies to MVNOs. Using Sprint phones on Boost or Virgin or Boost phones on Virgin or Sprint is apparently still not allowed. The newly updated Boost Mobile unlocking page contains the statement:
"Boost Mobile will only activate devices certified to work with Boost Mobile services and may not activate unlocked devices from other carriers/service providers, including devices manufactured for Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Assurance Wireless."The Virgin Mobile unlocking page contains a similar statement saying that Virgin won't activate Sprint, Boost Mobile or Assurance Wireless phones.
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