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End of the Sprint Blacklist? FreedomPop Adds Many New Devices to BYOD List

Data-only Sprint MVNO FreedomPop updated its list of allowed Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) of their forum today, adding a lot of new phones and tablets. Here's new list (new additions in bold):

Apple iPad - all models and all storage capacities up to and including the iPad Air 2 (formerly only the 16 GB versions of the iPad, Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display, and iPad 4 were allowed)
Apple iPhone - all models and all storage capacities from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 5S and 6 (formerly only the 16 GB iPhone 4, 4s and 5 were allowed). 
HTC Desire 510
HTC Evo Design
HTC Evo 3D
HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo Shift*
HTC One M7
HTC One V
Kyocera Event
Kyocera Hydro
Kyocera Rise
LG G2
LG Nexus 5
LG Optimus S
LG Optimus V
LG Realm
LG Tribute
LG Volt
LG Viper
Motorola Moto G
Motorola Photon 4G
Samsung Galaxy Discover
Samsung Epic 4G
Samsung Galaxy Mega
Samsung Galaxy Prevail
Samsung Galaxy Rush
Samsung Galaxy SII (Samsung Epic 4G Touch is the Sprint name)
Samsung Galaxy SIII
Samsung Galaxy S4** (NO MINI)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.0
Samsung Moment
Samsung Nexus S 4G
Samsung Victory
*Please be advised: We are currently experiencing issues with BYOD activation of the HTC Evo Shift, activation may not be successful at this time."
**The Samsung Galaxy S4 (SPH-L720) is supported. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Triband Edition (SPH-L720T) is not supported.

There are a bunch of contradictions in the list that make me question how accurate it is. The post containing the new list also contains the statement "NO Pre-Paids, NO Tri-Bands & Unlocked GSM/CDMA Devices(make sure phones are Locked to CDMA Sprint)". Which doesn't make sense as many of the phones on the list either support tri-band LTE or are prepaid only models and one was never sold by Sprint.

Tri-band phones on the list include the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. LG Tribute, LG Volt, Samsung Galaxy Mega, Nexus 5, LG G2 and HTC Desire 510.

The LG Tribute, LG Volt, Kyocera Hydro, LG Realm, Kyocera Event, Samsung Galaxy Prevail, LG Optimus V, Samsung Galaxy Rush, HTC One V and Kyocera Rise were only sold as prepaid phones on Boost, Virgin or Sprint Prepaid, and never as Sprint postpaid phones.

The CDMA version of the Samsung Galaxy Discover is a Straight Talk and Net10 phone that uses the Sprint network but was never sold by Sprint, Boost or Virgin.

The Apple 6  and 6 Plus, HTC Desire 510 and LTE Tribute were launched by Sprint less than a year ago and are supposed to be blacklisted from activation on any Sprint MVNO.

Either the newly approved phones are bogus, or more likely Sprint has finally removed  the prohibitions on MVNOs activating prepaid phones, tribands and non-Sprint phones. That's actually possible. A couple of Sprint MVNO indepentdent dealers have told me that their master agent (distributor), or in one case a MVNO CEO, told them that Sprint would be lifting most the restrictions on which phones MVNOs are allowed to activate on Feb 15. Maybe the restrictions were lifted early?

The "NO Pre-Paids, NO Tri-Bands..." verbiage has been part of the FreedomPop approved phones post since the beginning. So it's possible that the administrator who edited the post simply forgot to remove it.

In any case I don't recommend purchasing any phone for BYOD use on FreedomPop unless you can check the phone's MEID before purchase using FreedomPop's BYOD checker or you can easily return the phone for a full refund. FreedomPop's BYOD activation process has always been unreliable, often rejecting phones that are both on FreedomPop's approved list and verified as OK for activation on third party MEID checkers.

Update 2/5/15: FreedomPop has removed the NO Pre-Paids, NO Tri-Bands... wording from the allowed BYOD list, and added the following "These are the only ones confirmed. Other devices may be attempted and succeed, but we are not including them in our list as they have not been confirmed."

Update 2/6/15: FreedomPop has removed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus from the allowed BYOP list

Related: Prepaid Operator Profile: FreedomPop

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  1. A poster on Turk Forums said that he was able to get an LG Marquee activated on FreedomPop. He wrote that his voice and data worked almost immediately following activation, but it could take up to 48 hours to get his text messaging to work.

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    1. Seems like native sprint voice. Interesting.

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  2. I don't understand Sprint's rationale if any on their inconsistent policies on mvno byosd but if it adds more recent devices to the whitelist, I'm all for it.

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  3. Sharp Aquos Crystal might also work, since the Boost and Sprint Prepaid versions activate on RingPlus.

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  4. FreedomPop charges $19.99 to activate your phone.

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  5. I'm wondering if Sprint woke up and realized it was stupid to ban new phones that people would pay outright for. People that are looking for a good value on a plan, but want the newest phones, simply would use another carrier that didn't have such outrageous requirements (AT&T and Tmobile MVNOs). Also, Ting is adding GSM service with the primary stated reason of allowing people to use newer devices. Maybe Sprint woke up and realized that they are costing themselves customers by restricting them.

    We'll have to see. I don't see the LG G3 on this list, so it looks like there may be some sort of blacklist still in effect.

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  6. Is this list only for FreedomPop or does it apply to all Sprint MVNOs?

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    1. It's FreedomPop's list. Until Sprint or other MVNOs announce expanded BYOP it only applies to FreedomPop.

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  7. Does this mean all Boost and Virgin Mobile phones bought in stores can now be activated on any Sprint MVNO?

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    1. Maybe but I wouldn't assume that. Wait and see or buy a Boost or Virgin phone and try it. If the MEID (and ICCID for LTE phones) are on the outside of the box you could test activation online without opening the box for an easier return.

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    2. The phones I've found in stores do have the MEID on the box but not the ICCID. If I try to activate a LTE phone online without entering the ICCID will the activation fail or would it activate with LTE disabled?

      Can the ICCID be added after activation?

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    3. With RingPlus the activation will fail without the ICCID. I think it's the same with FreedomPop. I don't know about the other MVNOs.

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    4. If the MEID passes the ESN Checker sniff test then you should have no problem activating the device, so I don't see not having the ICC ID as an issue.

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  8. Sprint would be lifting "most" restrictions.

    Which restrictions aren't being lifted?

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    1. Rumor has it that they will still block Palms, BlackBerries and PTT phones,

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  9. Will FreedomPop have to send out LTE SIMs to activate LTE phones?

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    1. No - you are on your own. You need to get one from a Sprint store, Sprint customer service or order one from Ting (!). If you use an iPhone, you MUST have a SIM ending in R, not C.

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    2. I doubt it. They've been activating phones that use LTE SIMs (iPhone 5, Galaxy S40 and have never offered SIMs. You have to get your own from Ting, Sprint or the phone's original owner. New phones, except Nexus from the Play Store, should come with SIMs.

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    3. So, I don't need a new SIM when I switch to another MVNO?

      Every time I switch my T-Mobile phone I have to get a new SIM from the MVNO.

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    4. Sprint LTE SIMs are reusable, most other operators are not.

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  10. Will Sprint allow flashed phones on their MVNOs?

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    1. Not knowingly. Some flashers can change the electronic seriel number (MEID) on some Sprint phones so they appear to be Sprint phones. Whether this is legal or not is debatable.

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    2. What's the point of changing a Sprint phone's serial number?

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    3. Sorry for the typo. I was trying to say:
      Some flashers can change the electronic serial number (MEID) on some NON-Sprint phones so they appear to be Sprint phones.

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    4. Thanks Dennis.

      If I understand this right, even if all these changes do happen Sprint still isn't going to allow flashed phones?

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  11. They have now removed the reference to excluding tri-band phones and prepaid phones.

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  12. It looks like freedompop may, as well, allow my boost mobile Sharp Aquos Crystal (gone up to adding ESN and ICCID number, then freedompop is asking me to choose a plan).

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    1. is the phone post paid? I got a brand new one, but can not get through with the MEID on the box...

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  13. I wonder if this means Boost and Virgin Mobile will start allowing BYOP?

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    1. Boost has BYOD and recently added more devices to their list.

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    2. Unless Boost starts allowing all compatible phones to be activated, it isn't real BYOD.

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    3. Then that applies to all Sprint MVNOs!

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    4. Most Sprint MVNOs already do activate compatible phones, as long as they aren't blacklisted by Sprint. Boost won't activate most compatible phones.

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  14. There may be more implications to this than are obvious.

    FrredomPop is starting to look to be very close to Sprint.

    Maybe Sprint will buy it.

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    1. Why, none of their other subs allow intermixed devices?

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    2. Sprint already bought one of their MVNOs (Zact) and launched Virgin Custom, it didn't help Sprint much. Sprint shut down Virgin Custom not long after it launched, before most people even knew of its existence. Sprint should stop trying to buy other carriers (like T-Mobile) and invest in fixing their network and improving the services they offer.

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    3. Not true, Sprint licensed the Zact (Its On) technology, not purchased, with exclusive rights and Zact users were transitioned to Virgin Mobile Custom and now Virgin Mobile Custom has transitioned to Virgin Mobile Data Done Right.

      I doubt Sprint can screw up Freedom Pop any worse than it already is. C/S is pathetic, questionable op out policies when signing up and you can not search through their offerings without having to enter in some of your personal info.
      Half the time supported devices come up no good for no reason even when they show good on other MVNO ESN checkers and on top of that, FP is clueless on fixing the issue or simply ignore your support request to remedy it.

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    4. I agree, and that's my point exactly, buying FreedomPop isn't going to do Sprint any good. It's a waste of money that Sprint should invest in their network and finally make use of all that spectrum they own.
      Sprint may not have purchased Zact but the Zact service is gone and Virgin Custom was hardly an adequate replacement. Virgin's Data Done Right will last about as long as Virgin Custom did.

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    5. We definitely can agree on that!

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  15. I just tried an iPhone 6 Plus and an iPad Air 2. Neither passed the MEID test.

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    1. Where they Sprint devices not currently active on Sprint?

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    2. The 6 Plus was purchased from Verizon and came with a Verizon SIM. Currently using a Red Pocket SIM. The Air 2 was purchased from Target and came with an Apple SIM, activated on T-Mobile (but still have the option of activating on Sprint in the future)

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    3. Verizon phones can't be activated on Sprint even if the blacklist is gone. Not sure why the iPad didn't work, maybe because its active on T-Mobile.

      Can you try the iPad on another Sprint MVNO?

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  16. If Sprint does start allowing prepaid phone from Boost and Virgin to be activated on MVNOs, it leaves Verizon with the most restrictive MVNO activation policies of any national carrier.

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  17. This should makes things more interesting in the 1750 Radio Shack stores operated with Sprint as a result of the bankruptcy. They will be selling Sprint service and phones alongside Boost and Virgin Mobile, so it will be a lot easier sell if customers can BYOP to the latter. After this is complete, Sprint will have more stores than T-Mobile. They have 500-600 fewer stores now, and wait times are too long.

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    1. That's right, RadioShack is history, just like so many others before it. Now we just have to wait for Kmart and Sears to fold, and all we'll be left with is Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Costco and their famous (infamous) commitment to customer service.

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  18. from @freedompophelp iphone 6 plus "is not supported by our system quiet yet".

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  19. I just tested adding an old Virgin Mobile LG Optimus V (using a Chrome incognito window. Ha!) and it took me all the way to the "give us your credit card" page. As noted above, my invoice summary included $19.99 for "LG Smartphone activation" and they also added $2 and change for voicemail. In addition, even though I had specified the free plan, they tucked in some premium trial that I would have had to cancel.

    But, it looks like it would work

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    1. I have the same phone as yours. How to activate? After I paid, I don't know how to activate. Do you know how to do it?

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  20. Just have to wait and see.

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  21. Sharp Aquos Crystal activated & working well!

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  22. Slightly off topic. I have been using a Sprint iPhone 5 for 6 months on FreedomPop after purchasing it from the original owner who was on Sprint. With the new rules regarding unlocking phones, can I request an unlock code for this phone? How would I go about doing it - through Sprint? or through FreedomPop ?

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    1. You would have to ask Sprint to unlock the phone. It looks like it might be possible. The Sprint Unlocking FAQ says:

      "I am a former Sprint customer or was never a Sprint customer but have purchased a Sprint device from a third party other than Sprint. Can I have the device unlocked or receive the MSL code?

      For individuals owners who can provide the Sprint telephone number or the device id, Sprint may be able to unlock the device or provide the applicable MSL Code respectively, provided the device is eligible under the applicable policy above. If a device is not eligible for any reason under the respective applicable policy, a non-Sprint customer requestor may be required to work with the original purchaser and/or the person from whom the requestor purchased the device to ensure any financial or device eligibility criteria are met. Sprint cannot share any information about any account, including with a non-Sprint customer who has legally purchased a Sprint device, without proper authentication from the account holder or an authorized contact. Customers are strongly encouraged to contact Sprint about a device's unlock eligibility before purchasing through a non-Sprint channel."

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  23. Curious if I could go to Sprint buy a phone on contracted and then switch to freedompop. Since the phone would be Sprint CDMA locked, I believe?

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    1. Sprint will block the phone on MVNOs untile you either fufill your contract term or pay the ETF, Even then it's iffy. See Sprint Partially Fixes the BYOSP Mess It Created.

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  24. What about Sprint Prepaid? It seems that they only let you use the phones that they provide thru only and are limited to just those prepaid phones.

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  25. Only Sprint Prepaid phones can be used on Sprint Prepaid.

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  26. so riddle me this. I tried to get a freedom pop sim using my iPhone 5s from verizon. They said no it has to be from sprint. I went to sprint to see if i could activate that same phone on their network and they said there would be no issues. Can anyone explain that?

    I called ting which uses sprint and I can activate it there as well.

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    1. The Verizon iPhone's MEID has to be added to the Sprint activation database. Sprint, Ting and RingPlus can do it. Apparently FreedomPop will not ask Sprint to do this, and/or can't do it with their automation.

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