[vcf-midatlantic] OT: In need of "retired" Sprint cellphones

Cory Smelosky b4 at gewt.net
Sun Aug 14 02:38:40 EDT 2016

Are unlocked and unbranded phones acceptable?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 13, 2016, at 23:37, Joseph Oprysko via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> I'm doing some work with a not for profit organization that is providing
> some local low income families with free cellphones and free service.
> Unlike the federal "lifeline" service which does not provide a smartphone
> option, without charging that is. The organization has an agreement with a
> Sprint MVNO which provides 100 Minutes/100 SMS/100 MMS/100 MB of data at
> absolutely no cost to the consumer. Also, lifeline limits the service to
> one phone per household. We're trying to provide a way to keep families
> with kids connected. Right now we've had to limit the number of phones per
> family to 2, mainly because of a lack of phones.
> I believe they need to be Sprint branded phones. I do not know if the other
> Sprint MVNO's like Boost or Virgin Mobile will be able to port correctly,
> as I believe the settings that need to be changed are locked out.
> The one Virgin Mobile phone I did try to activate, the MSID activated, but
> I was unable to complete the configuration, even manually. But it could
> just have been that it was a very old version of Android on it. 2.4 If I
> recall correctly, so some slightly newer ones *may* work and allow for the
> OTA provisioning.
> While retired smartphones are preferred, I've also configured several flip
> phones. Better for use with older people who are confused by the idea of
> smartphones.
> If you have anything lying around that you'd like to donate to the cause,
> email me off the list. I'm looking for functional devices, not the phone
> you left on top of the car and took the asphalt dive, or the ones dropped
> into the tub/pool.
> If you can include the IMEI/MEID/ESN numbers, I can verify that they can be
> activated. Also if you could let me know the make and model of them. If
> they are the older flip phones that need non-standard chargers, those
> accessories would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks everyone!
> Joseph Oprysko.
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