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: