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Does TracFone BYOP Have Support for Sprint’s Network Now?

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While he was reviewing the new Bring Your Own Smartphone SIM kits from TracFone, Bob Thompson of SmartphoneMatters.com had noticed that there was a section in the kit that indicates that if a customer possesses a used or unlocked Sprint LTE handset, that customer can go ahead and activate that device (via TracFone.com) without having to insert a SIM in it. Thompson then went on to write about that bit, and for good measure, asked his readers if they know anything about the TracFone BYOP’s compatibility with Sprint.

Basically, the new Bring Your Own Smartphone kits come with SIMs for TracFone’s Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile networks (supposedly excluding Sprint’s network). It also appears that these new SIMs can only be activated with a TracFone smartphone-only plan, as opposed to the previous triple talk, text, and data options.

So why is there a section in the kit that talks about activating one’s device on Sprint’s network?

Thompson has wondered as much. According to him, the packaging of the new kit says that it is supposed to work with the top three 4G LTE networks in the country (that is, the networks of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile). It is worth noting that TracFone’s two sister carriers -- Straight Talk and Net10 -- do use Sprint’s network. With those two providers, customers who own Sprint LTE handsets are free to use a Sprint SIM that has already been used in their device. Right now, Straight Talk offers SIM cards that can be used for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, but not for Sprint because presumably there is simply no need.

Oddly enough, when Thompson tried to go to TracFone.com in order to activate a device on Sprint, the website says it can’t be done. Thompson has actually made a YouTube video about his experience, and you can check it out here:



Source: SmartphoneMatters

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  1. Unless it includes extended network or roaming, Sprint would be my dead last pick among the 4 choices.

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    1. Sprint roaming includes just a trace amount of data. Nothing, really. So, you are looking at a network where you can have data access in just a small part of the country.... decent coverage in only about 10 states out of 50... California has only a third or less covered by Sprint, for one example.

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  2. Sprint needs to take a long walk off a short cliff

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    1. Less competition?

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    2. Since when is Sprint "competition"? The other networks would have to destroy much of their towers to compete with Sprint.

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    3. The competition meme needs to die.

      Sprint hasn't been competitive since they nixed RingPlus.

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    4. Don't be silly. Ring Plus never made Sprint more competitive. XXXX number of subscribers paying nothing doesn't do much for anything other than subscriber numbers. Sprint "nixed" rp because they were not paying the bills--because the subscribers were not paying anything on their dead glove compartment phones. Sprint remains competitive in some states but not the entire U.S. but even that small amount of competition is enough to keep the other big boys on their toes.

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    5. Truth be told, I don't think RingPlus had an effect on anything. It's subscriber base was so tiny as to make no difference, even on the big picture of much smaller Sprint.

      "Sprint remains competitive in some states but not the entire U.S."

      True, Sprint only has a decent presence in 10 or so of the 50 US states. These are the states with half or more of the state covered by Sprint.

      The rest are poorly covered: ranging from less-than-half to almost nothing.

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    6. RingPlus had one positive effect. I gave customers a low cost avenue to sample the Sprint network. After using RingPlus I became much more confident about signing up for Sprint services since I now know they work in my area.

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  3. Just travelled around PA, NY and ON using iPhone 6S/7 on Sprint and a few other phones on Verizon, ATT and T-Mobile. Had Sprint coverage in most places, except for a few areas in rural NY state and a few patches along Rt 15 in PA. Overall, much better than I expected. Roamed perfectly on Rogers in ON. A lot of places had Sprint signal but not ATT (car uses ATT, so I was well aware of where there was no signal.) Some places had ATT but no Sprint -- this was where I was roaming on Verizon (I assume) on my Sprint iPhones. The Verizon Tracfone 3G phone my son uses had signal pretty much everywhere, except ON of course. T-Mobile signal was nowhere to be found but the phone I use had no band 12 (Moto E dual sim.)

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  4. Smartpone Matters?

    Is that a horse site?

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  5. This isn't news unless you can activate Sprint's prepaid phones.

    Even then, it's still more of a "why even bother?" kind of thing.

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  6. It's pretty clear judging by all the anti Sprint sentiments here that they are seen as DEAD LAST of the big four. Unfortunately, that reputation is a part of their ongoing trainwreck of a "legacy". Tmobile when from being a Glass jawed Joe to being a feisty bantamweight that can punch way above its class and surpassing Sprint and challenging and putting pressure on Verizon and Att. Verizon has its daunted coverage big stick and Att is somewhere in between which leaves Sprint as odd carrier out. When Trac has the top three, number four kind of becomes a redundancy...T-Mobile buying them out is the best thing that could happen to them at this point and shedding forever the toxicity and self destructiveness which Sprint always brings to any elements added through its management. If Tmobible is allowed to buy Sprint, ABSOLUTELY no Sprint management control. Only Tmobile. Bad for consumers. Possibly. But Sprint can hardly do worse at this point.. oh wait.. they probably can...

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  7. Like the the article states, the package states 3 networks and shows red, blue and pink, no yellow.

    Aside from the hate for Sprint, Sprint phones need a specific SIMs to activate on the Sprint network and embedded SIMs pretty much ended with the SIII, so this article and supposition is pretty much a waste of space.

    Maybe the dim bulb Bob Thompson of SmartphoneMatters.com could contact TF before speculating on this crap?

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    1. Sprint SIMs are reusable and are supposed to stay with the phone they came with even when switching between MNVOs. Many Sprint MVNOs including TracFone's own Straight Talk do not provide Sprint SIMs.

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  8. Why did PrepaidPhoneNews.com even bother posting this speculative question of Bob's? :confused:

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