Contradicting commitments made in a settlement, Sprint has ordered Liberty Wireless to stop activating Sprint-branded devices on their MVNO network. Liberty has become attractive for many, now offering a $50/month unlimited, no-contract voice-and-data plan. The plan is paired with a free refurbished Motorola Q.
Today Sprint ordered Liberty Wireless to discontinue activating Sprint devices on any Liberty plan. Paul Greene, CEO of Liberty, confirmed to PhoneNews.com that Sprint ordered them to halt the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) initiative. Mr. Greene stated that the initiative had been in-place for over two years, and that Sprint did not have issue with it until Liberty began actively promoting the initiative online.
As part of a settlement in 2007, Sprint committed to allowing customers out-of-contract to take their devices with them to other CDMA carriers. Sprint also agreed to accept foreign CDMA devices from other carriers, but has failed to do so.
It is not completely clear if Sprint’s shutdown of Liberty’s BYOD program is a violation of the 2007 settlement. Sprint owns the network behind Liberty Wireless, and can impose restrictions on what plans Sprint devices can be used on.
That leaves Boost Mobile UNLTD, which is returning to CDMA sales, as the only method of using a Sprint CDMA phone on prepaid service.