All Zapp Unlimited devices are now eligible to be activated on Prepayd Wireless.
All new activations, and replenishments must be done with Prepayd Wireless.
You will be receiving portal access within 24 hours.
All BYOD phones that were added to Zapp are now on the Prepayd Wireless system, as well as all purchased Zapp Unlimited devices.
Prepayd Wireless also offers a hassle free BYOD Program inside there (sic) portal"
Prepayd (actually spelled "PrepaYd") Wireless (web site) is another Sprint MVNO startup that launched just last year. PrepaYd has unlimited plans which range in price from $35 for talk and text only to $60 for one that includes 4G WiMax data. Besides the WiMax, PrepaYd is notable for including unlimited international text messaging with all plans.
Update 8-Aug-2012: PrepaYd has issued a press release denying that Zapp has merged with them. It doesn't sound like PrepaYd will be taking over Zapp's users either. The release "...recommends that if you are a Zapp Unlimited customer you contact the merchant you purchased your phone at and have them review your options with you." Of course that won't help customers who bought phones or activated BYOD phones directly through the Zapp website which is now down.
When Zapp launched it was unique for two things.
- It was the only Sprint MVNO that officially supported BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Zapp would activate any Sprint phone for a one time fee of $20
- Their pay as you go plans were the ultimate light use or "glovebox phone" plans. $10 bought you 200 minutes good for a year (5¢/minute, 83¢/month). A $15 plan, also good for a year, included 400 minutes (3.75¢/minute)
Although Zapp called it a merger, the PrepaYd denial makes it look more like a forced shut down and possibly a failed transfer of existing accounts to PrepaYd. The Zapp website at www.zappunlimited.com is now a ad filled parked page, which isn't something you would expect to happen with a merger or even a well planned shutdown.
Sources: HowardForums and PR Newswire