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I think Verizon basic phones also lack LTE, so I would figure Verizon doesn't mind allowing feature phones and many of the older 3G devices.While it's maybe not ideal from a consumer perspective, in Verizon's point of view it probably doesn't hurt to limit LTE activation to their postpaid service and have MVNOs like Straight Talk and Page Plus source their own 3G smartphones.But, for at least some of the MVNOs you can flash some of the newer phones to work with them (either do-it-yourself by instructions/tutorials or have a service do it for you for $). I'm thinking if I got another Samsung S3 (CDMA) phone, where could I take it that is comparable or better than the current 55.00 Page Plus plan?Straight Talk's acceptable list is a bit tighter than some of the others. Well, I'm ok where I am now especially since the increase in data from 250 to 500. Selectel has a 50.00 plan that is comparable but I wouldn't switch there only because I can buy the Page Plus refill at discount for close to the 50.00 price of that plan so no sense in bothering with the switch.Also, both of those America Movil companies have lower-line plans that require their branded phones for plans designed only for each respectively (the ST plan and the by-the-minute Net10 plans).Those phones can be either "G" models (for GSM) or "C" models (for CDMA).
The information on the forum seems to indicate for most Verizon MVNOs (except America Movil's brands) it would be possible to use a reprogrammed Sprint phone, yet I'm not sure if it might make sense to try switching the PRL depending on the Verizon MVNO.Some people have reported that switching between Verizon MVNOs did not require a reflash for the phones they tried.Since other MVNOs are reported to have different roaming capabilities than Page Plus, I'm not sure how that works on a Sprint phone.According to the information on the packaging, your phone would not be accepted because it's a Sprint phone, and because it's a 4G LTE device. This program is not compatible with CDMA carriers Sprint or Metro PCS, 4G LTE devices, i Phones, Black Berry, data only devices, lost or stolen devices, branded Trac Fone, Safe Link, NET10, Straight Talk or Telcel America handsets Thank you for the link. So this means no CDMA only if the carrier is Sprint or Metro PCS? I don't need to replace the phone yet, but want to be prepared and do my homework beforehand.