Updated: Effective Nov 15, Sprint to Block Its MVNOs from Activating Galaxy S4, HTC One, Nexus 5 and Others

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  • Am i correct in thinking that N5's purchased from the play store are not effected by this?

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  • Email Ting for clarification.  Man, GSM is not restrictive like these CDMA knuckleheads. 

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  • Will this affect the Play Store Nexus 5 trailblazer effort?

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  • Hello everyone, thanks for posting your concerns here. This release isn't news to us, our access to these newer devices has been limited since the release of the HTC One and Galaxy S4. It is our understanding that since the Nexus 5 devices themselves do not originate with Sprint, we will still be able to activate. We will look into this a little more and when we can confirm one way or another we will let you know. 

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  • Will these phones still become available to Ting after a year of exclusivity with Sprint? Or this is a permanent ban?

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  • Sam, I hope that you are right, but the couple of articles I have read about it have specifically pointed out how stupid it is that Sprint is going to be blocking activation of the Nexus 5 phones bought directly from the Google Play store, since Sprint has no involvement with that.  Maybe there is some miscommunication somewhere, but that really would be unfortunate since Google is doing something so good with that phone.

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  • Hey Nick, We haven't heard anything yet. I will do a little investigating and see what I can find out. 

    -Sam

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  • Hey folks, we do have an update from Sprint, Justen posted it to another Nexus forum and I have included the note here: 

    Hey everyone!

    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.

    So, hopefully back to the more geeky Nexus 5 stuff now... :)

    You can see the rest of the post here

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  • Sam,

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this news is what is said here ( https://ting.com/devices/bring)..) "Newer smartphones like the S4 and the HTC One cannot be brought over. Likewise, BlackBerry and Push-to-Talk (PTT) devices cannot make the move."

    So, if I'm right, this shouldn't be a big concern as I saw this noted a month ago (when I signed up).

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  • I'm wondering what this means for the HTC One I have with Sprint.  I know they are not able to be BYOD now, but the understanding I had a bit ago was that they 'should be' able to be BYOD a year after they were released.

    Of course, I understand that Sprint can change those rules at any time... is this 'Sprint changing the rules'? Is it now the case that the HTC One bought at Sprint will 'never' be able to BYOD to Ting? Or is this just formulizing the 'year cool period' that we've somewhat assume for the last few months?

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  • Ugh my bad.... just re-read the article. It is nothing new....

    "One or any other "Iconic" devices that are less than one year old."

    It is the 12 month 'ban' on new devices moving to MVNOs that we already knew about.....  Nothing to see here... move along.

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  • @Jason, and Edward, yes, you are both right. This release won't effect Ting users. 

    @Chris, The ZTE Flash has hit that one year mark, I am going to send you a note to see what we can find out about this device and see if we can get one added for you. I'm not making any promises, the device may not be compatible or able to make the move, but we can look into it. :)  

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  • So do these restrictions only apply to BYOD devices?  I assume that is the case since the GS4 and HTC One are still available to buy direct from Ting...

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  • Yes, that's right.  But you can BYOD a Nexus 5 from the Google play store, but you can't BYOD a Nexus 5 from anywhere else, explain that one to me.

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  • re: The Nexus 5, who knows... For other devices I imagine it's b/c Sprint doesn't want you to buy a subsidized phone from them, then jump ship to another carrier with the device they sold you at a discount.  For example, a GS4 is $600 from Ting, but is only $99 from Sprint.  Even with an ETF, that's still cheaper that buying it from Ting and they probably realize this and want to prevent it on devices that are under a year old.

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  • You could say that for lots of phones and it's arbitrary to limit the purchase of phones to one seller for BYOD.

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  • In regards to our BYOD program, we work hard to support the best Sprint devices possible but also wish to respect Sprint's business goals. The nexus 5 is changing the way devices connect to the network and we are really excited about being on the edge of this with them. Who knows what trends might happen in the future! 

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  • We all know it's Sprint's doing.  Ting, keep trying to beat your competitors!

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