As of yesterday, Straight Talk, NET10 and Telcel America CDMA BYOP options are no longer available. The CDMA BYOP sites from all three TracFone’s brands are discontinued without any explanation and now redirecting to their own SIM websites.
On their BYOD sites, only GSM SIM cards compatible with unlocked T-Mobile handsets are available. AT&T SIM cards are no longer an option for new customers since January while NET10’s related-to-data website has informed its users that as of March 1, NET10 AT&T SIMs are capped at 1.5 GB of data per month on unlimited plan.
Only for a few days, Straight Talk has been allowing activating non-LTE Verizon compatible handsets with its prepaid $45 and $60 unlimited monthly plans (straighttalksim.com). Net10 and Telcel America have been offering the same option a week longer.
Now, it’s unclear what happened and why. Whether or not the Bring Your Own Verizon Phone options will be back to Straight Talk, NET10 and Telcel America or it’s gone for good. As Prepaid Phone News reports, it could be due to “a technical glitch” which would be a better reason or it could be the same as with AT&T.
Update: TracFone’s brands have canceled their CDMA BYOP programs. Straight Talk and NET10 representatives have been answering the questions on Facebook and Howard Forums with “we no longer offer a BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) CDMA program”, and “We apologize for the inconvenience. We just received an update that the Verizon CDMA phones are no longer compatible with our Bring Your Own Phone program. We will keep you up to date regarding this issue.” Customers who were calling Customer Support were told the same thing.
Source: Prepaid Phone News