Ting activates iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now, Sprint possibly allowing all smartphones on MVNOs
Sprint’s MVNO Ting has announced on its blog that they have started activating the latest iPhones, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Ting activates iPhone 6 and 6 Plus purchased unlocked from Apple. All customers need to do is to get a proper SIM card, which is in this case the Ting Nano SIM, model C3 card and insert it in the phone. It’s important to note that iPhones that Ting is now able to activate are CDMA based and not GSM as some might think. Ting has announced earlier that they are planning to launch GSM service in February as well but currently only service on Sprint’s network is available. Ting says that the launch of a GSM-based service on T-Mobile network can be expected “in a few weeks”.
After working hard on bringing the latest iPhones to its customers ever since it’s launched in 2012, Ting has finally succeeded but as they say, it’s an irony that it happens now when they are about to launch their service on GSM network where any GSM handset will be allowed with their service.
Ting’s activation of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t in particular prove that Sprint has stopped blocking its MVNOs from activating less than a year old smartphones, although the rumor has it. Ting was allowing activation of the Nexus 5 when it was brand new but unlocked version purchased from Apple, not Sprint’s version. However, it’s a totally different story when you add to it FreedomPop that recently updated a list of Sprint phones allowed for activation with some less than a year old Sprint smartphones. Also, the latest report from 9to5Mac says that unnamed sources claim that Sprint no longer prevents its mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) from activating new smartphones.
Regarding Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, these two carriers are Sprint’s prepaid brands, not MVNOs so dropping any restrictions above mentioned doesn’t apply to them. Boost Mobile is activating their own phones and some Sprint postpaid phones, including Galaxy S4 and S4 tri-band, through its BYOD program. Still, Boost Mobile reserves the right not to “activate unlocked devices from other carriers/service providers, including devices manufactured for Sprint, Virgin Mobile, and Assurance Wireless.” Same is for Virgin Mobile except that only phones that they are activating are Virgin’s, there is no BYOD option. Sprint Prepaid activates only its own phones as well.