Can you use a sprint prepaid phone?
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I have a sprint brand prepaid phone could I use it for Ting?

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  • Joseph, please feel free to use our resources to verify if your make/model can be brought over to Ting as well as verify that the ESN is clean:

     

     

     

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  • Joseph, 

    Sprint owns ( and sometimes resells) Boost and Virgin Mobile prepaid services.

    Sprint does not allow Ting to BYOD Boost or Virgin Mobile devices.

    I know of no Sprint branded  prepaid service.

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  • Joseph,

    Have you tried using your sprint prepaid phone?  does it work?  Curious minds want to know!  I found a sprint prepaid phone-- a galaxy for only $249 new.  Wanting to try, but don't want to buy unless I know it works.

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  • Bruce, for future reference, Sprint does indeed have prepaid plans.

    http://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/shop/phone_wall.jsp?tabId=dvcTab6650002&INTNAV=ATG:HE:SPP:Phone

    Someone in another thread (I don't remember where) hypothesized that this may be the reason that certain prepaid phones (i.e. Moto G) can sneak through the ESN checker. Sprint couldn't be bothered to track which units went where, so they left the ESNs unlocked until first activation.

    If that's the case, then previously activated phones probably need not apply, but I believe Brennan has a good suggestion: When in doubt, Check it out!

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  • Hello, I have read this thread and it looks like I can purchase a Sprint prepaid phone and bring the phone over to Ting.  It sounds like you can but I was looking for an actual confirmation.  Thanks in advance. 

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  • Hey Raymond. When purchasing a prepaid phone there are a few details to keep in mind. First, ensure that the ESN is clean & inactive so we can bring it over to our service. Also make sure the model of the phone is listed under our Bring Your Own Device catalog. For further information on the process please see our BYOD page.

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  • Wendy, my apologies.  The phone is new - it is a SIII.  I would like to purchase from Best Buy.  The problem would be retrieving the ESN.  Hopefully, it will show without the need to open the box.  I would like to verify before buying. 

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  • Raymond,

    I have never purchased a Samsung phone but all the other phones that I have purchased have the ESN on the outside of the box.  You should be able to check it before you buy.  Just have the Ting BYOD checker pulled up on your current phone and input the ESN at Best Buy before you purchase.  My guess is that it will be on the bottom of the box.

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  • Thanks, Corey.  I appreciate your feedback.  I will post back.

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  • Raymond- I saw Best buy had a sale on the S3 only $200.  Was thinking of getting one today before the sale ends- did you get it? Does it work?

     

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  • Hi, Lisa.  I did not get it yet.  I was hoping that it might go on sale during Black Friday or the Sunday after Black Friday.   Also, wife wants to change her S4 to something bigger.  So we might do a swap of some type.  If you get yours before I come to a final decision, please post back.  Would be good to know.  Good luck.

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  • I am curious as well. Saw the 2014 Best Buy Black Friday ads and seems that there is a SIII going on sale for $79.99, which would be a fantastic deal. If anyone gets one, please let me know as well. THanks!

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  • Looking at the Best Buy SIII that will be $80 starting tomorrow, it's described as a "Sprint Prepaid" but in the specs, it lists Virgin Mobile as service provider.  In the posts above, it says those aren't permitted.  That was a year ago.  Is that still the case?

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  • Hi Greg!  It is still true that phones locked to a provider other than Sprint (including Virgin Mobile) will not work on Ting.

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  • Thanks, Wendy.  That saves me a bunch of time!

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  • Greg,

    You should go into the Best Buy and get them to give you the box for the phone.  You can then put the ESN/MEID into the Ting BYOD site so see if it can be brought over.  The Galaxy SIII (non-Triband) (SPH-L710) is on the BYOD list so my guess is that it would be able to come over as long as it is a Sprint branded device.  There are atleast two Boost phones, the Moto G and the Sharp Aquous Crystal that can come over.  In the end the only way to find out would be to put the ESN/MEID into the BYOD page and try.  If you wanted to avoid the Black Friday lines you could go in and check today to see if one that they have works.

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  • You're right I should go, but I probably won't.  Where I am in middle TN, it's already crazy at the 2 Best Buys near me.  The phone would be for my wife, so I'll tell her how to check it and see if she wants to go.  Thanks.

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  • Corey,

    If a device was sold through Boost, Sprint  usually has that device's ESN.MEID ties to Boost and will not allow BYOD to ting, since sprint owns Boost.

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  • Bruce,

    While that is true, there are a couple of phones that are Boost phones that can be brought over.  The phone that they are talking about is a Sprint prepaid phone not even a Boost phone.

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  • You specifically mentioned Boost phones without any BYOD warning. That is what my comment was addressing. Boos have *much* more thane two phone models.

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  • The Black Friday specifically says 'Sprint Prepaid'.  They also sell Boost and Virgin No Contract phones.  They all are different SKUs:  8776306 vs. 7801231 vs. 8914742.  Search for 8776306 on their site and that is one that is on sale.  So the question is are these No-Contract phones still locked to Sprint only.  I tried calling Best Buy but they weren't sure.  They did say I'd have 15 days to return the phone, though.

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  • Look under Specifications page.  It says "Service Provider: Virgin Mobile."

    I guess that's what Sprint Prepaid means.

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  • I bought one of the Sprint prepaid Samsung Galaxy S III phones from Best Buy today since they have a 14 day return policy.  Tried the ESN, but no luck -- it doesn't seem like I can BYOD with it.

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  • Terry, thanks for sharing that.  I was sorely tempted to get one and try it.  Now I don't have to.

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  • Thanks, Greg. As an FYI, I picked up a $40 LG Volt (Sprint pre-paid) from Radio Shack last night and it has been working just fine!

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  • Thanks, Greg. As an FYI, I picked up a $40 LG Volt (Sprint prepaid) from Radio Shack last night and it has been working just fine!

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  • I bought the Sprint version prepaid Galaxy S3 brand new, never activated and the MEID check says no go.

    I also have the Virgin Mobile version Galaxy S3, also new and never activated and the MEID check says good to activate. I know sometimes Virgin devices can sneak through so I may go forward and activate it. But I will call Ting CS first on the Sprint device, as I got it for $100 less ($79) on the Black Friday sale. 

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  • Thanks for adding to the knowledge base, Frances.  Please update us whether you are successful in activating the S3.

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  • Update on trying to activate a new Sprint Galaxy S3 prepaid -- Looking more closely at the boxes, turns out the Virgin model is the SPH-L710 while the Sprint prepaid model is the tri-band SPH-L710T. (The "T" is important.) Per the Ting BYOD white list, the SPH-L710 is good today but Sprint SPH-L710T will be allowed June 2015. So the Sprint device is going back to the store.

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  • Same findings here, and back it goes.

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