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Sprint phones are now welcome on Boost and Virgin Mobile

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Sprint phones are now welcome on Boost and Virgin Mobile
Have an idle Sprint phone lying around? Then here's one way to put it to good use. The nation's third largest carrier announced a new program called “Bring Your Own Sprint Device” allowing its unused phones to be activated on its subsidiaries Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile. By doing so, Sprint aims to reduce the amount of handsets that end up in landfills, thus helping mother Nature and the environment. Of course, that's also good news for users on a budget, who will now be able to subscribe for a pre-paid plan from Sprint's MVNOs without the need to buy a new phone.

However, we can't yet tell which idle Sprint phones will be permitted on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile. According to what is said in the press release, each virtual carrier will have to decide what requirements a device must meet in order to be eligible. But judging by what previous leaks indicate, transferring both smartphones and feature phones should be allowed.

That's pretty much all we know for now about the “Bring Your Own Sprint Device” program, so we'll have to wait to get further details, such as device eligibility, from Boost and Virgin. Anyone thinking of taking advantage of the offer?

source: Sprint

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posted on 06 Mar 2013, 04:14 1

1. jroc74 (Posts: 3985; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Nice!! Kids mother just got Boost again. Hard finding a decent Boost Android that doesnt cost alot.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 17:07 1

10. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I've been saying android devices are dirt cheap -- the Hydro is only $80 on Boost. Lots of other decent android devices in the $130 to $200 range. These are not expensive phones.

If you want a no-contract 4G LTE phone on Sprint's network, check out Virgin Mobile. Both Boost and VM uses the same Sprint Network and VM has even more dirt cheap android devices.

The only reaon to choose Boost over VM, besides the phone, is if you are a huge talker, texter, and web-surfer AND plan to keep your phone for more than 12 months. Boost's shrinkage plan is great after the twelve month mark where you now pay $45 a month fr your plan.

I have VM's old $25 a month plan, and it's a good deal.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 07:14 1

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6632; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Well if anything, I can get my father the Evo 4G LTE and let him use it on Virgin Mobile. :)

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 07:35 1

3. Ruckus (Posts: 276; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Ha.. By saving the enviroment they mean saving their pocket ;)

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 07:40 1

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1212; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


They only did this because the white house is talking about you should be able to bring your tablet and phone to any network aka they are jumping ahead and becoming more flexible.. since sprint and verizon have NEVER allowed unlocked devices on there network this is a start(and a much needed change hopefully if the white house continues to talk about this Verizon and sprint will be made to allow each others phones work on the other CDMA networks and each others). and continue the white house mission to ignore real issues in the United states

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 08:45 2

5. wumberpeb (Posts: 406; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


They're more committed to "Going Green" than any other technology company I can think of, there's no political pressure here. They've been at it before anyone in the white house started speaking up about unlocking phones...besides, Ting is a Sprint MVNO who did the whole "bring your own device" last year, any Sprint phone (optimus g, S3, anything) too

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 17:11 1

12. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


If Sprint was really committed to going green, then it wouldn't offer crappy phones that people need to replace in six to twelve months.

One more thing, handset prices on Ting are much higher than other MVNO's.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 12:02

8. sscott3548 (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Too bad the general public is too blind to see that, well said.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 09:17 2

6. BSTManCMc (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


I work ata Boost Store, and the list of devices was given to us in december, The "best" phone available to bring down is the HTC Hero....lmfao. No S3, nothing near that new two years and older it seems.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 11:13 1

7. MartyK (Posts: 669; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Are you serious?, hell I wanted to bring my Note 2! That sucks!.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 15:13

9. BackHandLegend (Posts: 80; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)


I hope they allow 4G LTE phones. I'd be paying 35 for it :D

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 17:17 1

14. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Virgin Mobile currently has two 4G LTE phones for sale: one by Samsung for $299 and one piece of sheet by ZTE for $199.

Plans start at $35 a month for 300 minutes and unlimited data (data speeds are throttle after 2.5 GB each month).

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 22:29

17. mydi.maus (unregistered)


boost is also getting 2 LTE phones : HTC SV & BOOST FORCE,..

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 17:41

18. lsutigers (Posts: 670; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Sprint is not going to cannibalize it's own branded service in favor of the MVNO's it owns. As it is, Virgin and Boost are in the top tier of prepaid services for value, flexibility, coverage and customer care.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 17:54

19. jdubtrye (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


I agree for the most part.

Again, I don't think this announcement applies to VM and Boost as the blogger presumes. However, it doesn't make a lot of sense for Sprint to make this announcement and then not honor it on its own brands. They should have simply let each MVNO promote BYOSD, as Kajeet, Ting and others already do.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 17:09 1

11. jdubtrye (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


Technically, VM and Boost are not MVNO's; they are sub brands of Sprint.

There is nothing in that release that explicitly states that VM and Boost will allow BYOSD, beyond that very limited BYOD program that Boost brought out late last year.

Unless the author has a source other than the press release, there's a good chance this was premature. It could very well be talking about true MVNO's that are not owned by Sprint but use the Sprint network.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 17:14 1

13. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


If you really want to get technical, VM started out as a MVNO (I was on the $0.25 a minute plan when VM launched and the service suckedth with all the dropped calls and bad connections).

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 17:28 1

15. jdubtrye (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


True, VM USA was not always owned by Sprint.

However, it is now (Sprint pays Branson to use the VM name) and it is no longer an MNVO.

I'm not saying that we (I am a VM user) aren't getting BYOSD, but this press release is not evidence of that, to me.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 19:50

16. corporateJP (Posts: 1289; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


S3 or Note II, otherwise it's worth nothing to most.

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 17:53

20. temajordan (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I just got free Boost Mobile minutes from freeboostmobileminutes{dot}com

posted on 23 Apr 2013, 18:03

21. temajordan (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I just got a Boost Mobile minutes card pin code for free! :D http ://freeboostmobileminutes. com

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