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Boost Mobile Expands BYOP to Include Some Non-Sprint iPhones and the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Unlike the other three national carriers, bringing your own phone (BYOP) to a Sprint prepaid brand has always been difficult and in many cases impossible. Virgin Mobile flat out blocks activation of all non-Virgin Mobile phones. Even Sprint and Boost phones can not be used on Virgin Mobile,allthough Boost, Sprint and Virgin all run of the same Sprint network . Boost has a slightly more lenient policy, since 2012 Boost has allowed a small, arbitrary and frequently changing list of Sprint phones to be activated on Boost.

Last month Boost opened the BYOD door a crack wider. A reader sent me copies of a message that Boost sent to its dealers (images top and bottom, click image to view full-size). Since November 18, Boost dealers have been able to activate certain non-Sprint phones on Boost. According to the message the following phones are eligible:

  • Verizon (including MVNOs) iPhone 5, 5s, SE, 7 and 7 Plus
  • Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile (including MVNOS) iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus
  • Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile (including MVNOS) Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (reflashing with Sprint software required)

Starting sometime this month, Sprint will also begin allowing the Motorola G4 and G4 Plus.

To be used on Boost, a non Sprint phone must be unlocked. A Boost SIMs is required. The SIMs are normally priced at $10 each, but  now through January 2 they are free to customers activating non-Sprint phones at Boost dealers.

There's a new page on the Boost customer facing website describing the npn-Sprint BYOP program. On that page Boost says that only Boost dealers can activate non-Sprint phones, activation is not currently available online or through Boost Customer care.

Sprint MVNO's got the ability to activate non-Sprint phones over a year ago. In addition to the phones listed above, MVNOs can also activate the Nexus 5, 6, 5x and 6p, which still are not allowed on Boost.  I have no idea why Sprint, which is struggling to survive, took so long to allow potential customers to us their Sprint network compatible phones on Boost and still blocks BYOP on Virgin.

Boost BYOP Phone List

Source: Boost Mobile


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  1. Sprint is so backwards of a company it is ridiculous! They need to be put out of business by a boycott on general principle.

  2. Sprint with the most non-customer-friendly policies in the country, acting like bestowing BYOP is a gift from God!! How they have survived this long is bewildering...

  3. "National carrier" is a bit of a stretch, considering that Boost's Sprint network only has good coverage in 7 or so states.

    1. Can you provide a source for this?

    2. Check some of their MVNOs non roaming coverages. Its more like 10 out of 50 states.

    3. They go by "markets" not states

    4. "Can you provide a source for this?"

      Sprint's own coverage maps.

    5. "Check some of their MVNOs non roaming coverages. Its more like 10 out of 50 states."

      There's a difference between having coverage in a state and covering a state well.

    6. "Can you provide a source for this?"

      From Sprint website, current:


      Counting native data coverage generously: LTE Plus, 4G LTE, and Extended LTE.

      Counting "states with good coverage" generously to Sprint (i.e. about half or better)

      Kansas (any state further west has terrible coverage... negligible, really)
      New Jersey
      Rhode Island

      That's 10 states. The rest are ranging from 1/3 of the state being covered, to very little of the territory at all. That's in marked contrast to the much better networks that are close to the opposite: 40 or so covered well, and 10 or so covered poorly. T-Mobile is in between, and leaving Sprint behind.

  4. Boost included regular Sprint SIMs with their phones, so I don't think you need to use a "Boost SIM" if you have the correct Sprint part number.

  5. So now Boost accepts certain non-Sprint phones but does not accept the Sprint version of the same phone. For example, Galaxy S7 is not on the Sprint list.

  6. Will the Sprint universal sim SIMOLW506C work?

    1. Yes, that''s the SIM that Boost is selling for the phones mentioned in this post.

  7. Sprint need to stop with this white-listing non-sense, it's killing prepaid.

    1. That's pure hyperbole. The whitelisting is helping kill Sprint, which is rather marginal since it only has good coverage in about seven states. It is not harming any of the other prepaid carriers on the other networks.

  8. This is good news and a move in the right direction. i hope these policies will also trickle down fron flagships all the way to burners. As lte takes over, and we continue to transition away from cdma, we might finally be moving in the right direction so we dont have to throw away our little computer phones just because of greedy carriers.

  9. Hofo ID Grateful4AdviceDecember 7, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Anonymous December 7, 2016 at 8:08 PM here is your answer.

    Boost allows 50 minutes of voice roaming on Verizon. I don't know how much roaming Sprint postpaid customers receive.

    By providing a limited amount of free roaming, Sprint can legally display a very impressive coverage map.

    It is more accurate to think of Sprint as a regional Telco.

  10. Hi,
    Will these BYOD phones have the 50 min of voice roaming? According to boost webpage, the boost iPhones can't roam domestically. Do you think any of these phones will be able to roam? Thanks!

  11. Really confused - I have a 6S that was on sprint - the 6S is on the byop list on one area of boost website, but on another says it is not compatable? Just trying to get boost service from my 5S to this new 6S??

    1. A Boost dealer should be able to activate a Sprint 6s for you.

      As long as you still have the original Sprint SIM you could also try activating it online. Online activation will probably fail, but it won't cost you anything to try.

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