Updated – Sprint MVNOs not to activate phones as Galaxy S4, HTC One, Nexus 5 from November 15
It seems that Sprint MVNOs won’t be able to activate Sprint phones “less than one year old” as Galaxy S4, HTC One and Nexus 5 any more from November 15, 2013. Sprint MVNO PrepaYd Wireless sent a message to its dealers, letting them know about this change.
“We regret to inform you that neither we nor any other Sprint MVNO can activate the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, or any of the newer iconic Sprint Devices with Sprint’s Bring Your Own Device Program as of November 15, 2013.
Many of these Devices have been activating since February 2013 due to an error by Sprint on blacklisting new models and since the program is new, there has not been a well-documented list of non-approved models provided to PrepaYd.
Since thousands of these devices have been approved and activated, we assumed they were eligible for BYOD by Sprint.
As these models are less than one year old, Sprint’s opinion is they should all be under contract with Sprint still which is why Sprint is blacklisting them from PrepaYd Wireless and all other Sprint MVNO for Activations.
We recommend you activate these models on Page Plus, Next G or any other CDMA Carrier until we have approval to activate these Devices on PrepaYd Wireless. We appreciate your loyalty and hope to have a more competitive BYOD offering for you in the near future.”
PrepaYd Wireless has also added a list of phones that cannot be activated any more with their prepaid service. The phones are HTC One, HTC 8XT, Kyocera Hydro Edge, Motorola Moto X, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung ATIV S Neo, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Tab 3, Samsung L520 S4 Mini, Samsung Galaxy Mega, ZTE Vital, ZTE N800 Awe, LG Optimus F3, Google Nexus 5 and LG L2.
Also, PrepaYd explained to their customers that those who have activated one of these phones or will do so before November 15 will be able to keep them until they switch the phone or deactivate it. “You can activate between now and then (15th) and the devices will stay on PrepaYd as long as they’re not swapped, or deactivated from the accounts.” So, there is a little time left to activate one of the blacklisted phones.
This applies only to activating Sprint phones through MVNOs BYOD programs, not to MVNOs stop selling these devices and activating them on their prepaid service.
Update November 15 – Sprint’s decision to block its MVNOs from activating “less than one year old” phones affected many people especially those who ordered new Nexus 5 from Google, which by no means could get here in time to be activated on one of the Sprint MVNOs as Ting, RingPlus or PrepaYd. Two-day period that Sprint has left for doing so was way too short.
However, luckily, Ting has provided an answer for all worried Nexus 5 owners. The Nexus 5 purchased from Google Play store can be activated on Ting now and in future while those purchased from Sprint, Amazon, and Best Buy can’t be activated any longer. Logically, we assume that this rule applies to other Sprint MVNOs as well, since Ting has “double-checked with Sprint.”
Ting Product Manager Justen Burdette explained:
We’ve double-checked with Sprint. The short version is that unsubsidized Nexus 5 models purchased from Google Play should continue to be eligible for activation with Ting.
As we have said before, devices purchased from Sprint, Amazon, and Best Buy are not eligible.
We have a great relationship with the team at Sprint and we value them as an incredible partner. They make an investment in every retail device and customer, and part of the reasoning for the “iconic” device delay is to make sure that investment is not lost. We respect that goal.
We also love that the Nexus 5 gives customers a front-and-center choice to skip subsidies and choose what they want in a wireless provider.
Source: Prepaid Phone News