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Thread: DISH Completes buyout of Boost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haas_Dave View Post
    The branded stores I went to in the last couple weeks no longer carry "yellow" Sprint UICCs (even for replacement), and Sprint BOYD UICC kits are no longer sold online directly by Boost.
    There are TN SIMS listed on eBay. Seems they are discouraging BYOD, and want you to buy a branded phone. Does Boost (or Sprint) require the phone's IMEI to activate, or do they identify by model number? The Android phones listed for Extended Network all have B71 for T-Mobile. Why is that a big deal when some places don't even use it? And what about the accepted iPhone 6,7,8 which don't have B71?

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    Quote Originally Posted by loboheeler View Post
    There are TN SIMS listed on eBay. Seems they are discouraging BYOD, and want you to buy a branded phone. Does Boost (or Sprint) require the phone's IMEI to activate? The Android phones listed for Extended Network all have B71 for T-Mobile. Why is that a big deal when some places don't even use it? And what about the accepted iPhone 6,7,8 which don't have B71?
    Boost still requires a valid IMEI to activate, regardless of it being on the T-Mobile or Sprint side. There's mentions that TN SIM swapping will eventually be possible, just not currently. BOYD is possible, but you have to go to a store to do the activation if you have a compatible device (ugh) because they currently don't officially sell TN SIM kits online.

    The older iPhones are probably an appeasement to those existing users, since those tend to be costlier than similar gen Android devices. Many of the VM people during that "iPhone only" phase are probably still using those models. There's places that still sell the 6S for prepaid brands.

    Band 71 is Dish's go-to, since they have licences nationwide on 600MHz (5x5 block according to Spectrum Omega). When (if?) Dish decides to build out, people will need band 71 for DISH's native network.

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    T-Mobile seems to be on a fast track to close out non-VoLTE service. No new activations starting in August and 2G/3G end in January. Would think Boost/Dish would be affected, being planned to run on the T-Mobile network.

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