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Developing: Sprint Reportedly Eliminates Blacklist For MVNOs

Citing unnamed sources, 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.

Related:
End of the Sprint Blacklist? FreedomPop Adds Many New Devices to BYOD List
Banned Phones - Tracking The Sprint MVNO Blacklist

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  1. Ting was able to activate an unlocked Nexus 5 right after it was released. So I don't think the Sprint blacklist applies to unlocked sprint devices like the nexus and iPhone 6.

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  2. Ring Plus let me activate a Virgin Mobile Kyocera S2100 but I don't know how to update the PRL on it. But really in my Ring Plus account the phone appears active with an assigned phone number.

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  3. @Zach, yes, it did apply to the iPhone 6 as Ting stated in their post that they were only now able to activate them.

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  4. Three other Sprint mvnos are reportedly to be getting this improvements in byosd in the coming weeks around Valentine's day.

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  5. I activated a sprint galaxy S4 (regular) on boost today thanks primarily to info from this site. Thanks. I'm paying $47/month. $40 for all services, and $7 for phone insurance.

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  6. Sprint's Boost and Virgin mobile brands have like 5-8 million total subs. The rest of Sprint's Mvno's have like the same amount total or a little more. I think most likely Sprint is making more money off their Mvno's than their subsidiary brands. Thus, the reason behind them having a better phone policy for their Mvno's rather than their own brands.

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  7. Here is Sprint's new unlock policy, and a chart to show the kind of unlocks they will do now:
    http://www.sprint.com/legal/unlocking_policy.html?ref=cj&id17=CM:AFF:20100525:CJ:11191090:

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    1. That's for postpaid. It's similar to Boost and Virgin Mobile's unlocking info pages except that it includes information about unlocking phones for international use which the prepaid pages lack. I guess that means no international unlocks for prepaid.

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  8. I'm so confused about which phones (Sprint postpaid, Sprint prepaid, Boost, VM) can be activated on which services (postpaid, prepaid, Boost, VM, and various MVNOs). Would it be possible to have a dedicated post explaining what is known about all of this?

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    1. It's pretty simple currently:
      Only Sprint postpaid devices are allowed on Sprint Postpaid
      Only Sprint Prepaid devices are allowed on Sprint Prepaid
      Only Virgin Mobile devices are allowed on Virgin Mobile
      Boost Mobile phones plus the 40 or so Sprint postpaid phones listed in this post: Boost Now Allowing More Sprint Phones Including the Galaxy S4 are allowed on Boost.
      The situation with Sprint MVNOs is in flux as explained in this post.

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    2. Thanks for the reply -- that is pretty simple (except for the MVNOs). I guess I was confused since I thought that maybe every Sprint brand was a CF with regards to BYOD policies, not just the MVNOs. Thanks for clearing it up!

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  9. Can I get my note 4 on virgin mobile ?

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    1. No, only Virgin Mobile phones can be used on Virgin Mobile. One of the many ways Sprint is leaving money on the table.

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