Buy the AT&T model and put it on Straight Talk? Seriously, there is no way Boost will allow the iPhone on their service. The CDMA iPhone is locked down fairly tight and I haven't even seen one on Metro with anything better than just talk & text.
Putting the phone you want on the service you pay for is not a crime. No one has ever been convicted of it!
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It probably wouldn't be worth putting an iPhone 4S on boost anyways even if you can figure it out. You either have to sign a contract with Sprint, then pay the high ETF or from a third party source such as eBay that will be highly inflated due to rarity. Also you wont be able to buy an unlocked off contract 4S for the time being but once they start offering it I heard it will probably retail somewhere around $1,000-1,200. By that time you might as well just stick with a regular Sprint plan.
The only positive I could possibly ascertain from this is maybe is will open the door for boost to aquire more of sprints low to mid range smart phones. Of coarse their could be a negative affect too with all of the data use from new subs.
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I am going to guarantee that Sprint and Apple will have legal binding agreements that the Sprint iPhone can't be used on any of their MVNOs...
Apple has officially been giving the middle finger to hackers, tinkerers and homebrewers from the day this phone first hit the shelves back in 2007. While HTC actually listened to customer feedback and now offers an official bootloader unlock, Apple has continued to tighten security and shows no signs of ever allowing customers any real control over their phone.
In a nutshell, if you want to use an iPhone with a cheap plan - use it on Straight Talk, it's officially supported now. Don't hold your breath waiting for any CDMA hacks. In the unlikely event it does happen, it will probably be available only as an incredibly expensive "solution" or though a flashing service and it'll only be good until Apple releases their next iOS update.
So you use common sense and get your hacked iPhone on Boost and don't upgrade, deal with what it has at that time…
Honestly this has nothing to do with Apple they don't care what carrier you use the phone on. It has to do with Sprint and contracts.
And if you feel a paid solution is worth it when there's no guarantees you'll ever be able to upgrade to a newer iOS - more power to you.
I went to the local Sprint store to look at the Samsung Galaxy S II, today. A Sprint salesman made it a point to mention that they're getting the iPhone soon. I'm guessing they've been told to start pushing them really hard.
I'm really not happy about the sales terms that Sprint supposedly agreed to with Apple in order to sell the iPhone. While I agree Sprint needs the iPhone to be on level footing with its competitors, if Sprint does sell a bunch of them, the network speeds are going to become awful-er. The more likely outcome though, is that Sprint will be left with a surplus of iPhones sitting on store shelves and will continue to bleed cash, paying for them.
Sprint got the RAZR at roughly the end of its rabid popularity, too.
That's because the RAZR was a Cingular exclusive with rights for what, 3 years? Popularity ended after a little over a year.
Sprint getting the iphone was stupid. The only people who are going to be enticed by the iphone on Sprint are brand new customers with no plan at all or people who somehow got shafted out of grandfathered unlimited data on one of the other big carriers. And iphone purchases are down below Android now and will probably continue to fall as more people try Android are realize "hey, I like to be able to make my phone look how I want instead of what Apple wants me to like". Not to mention buyers like variety such as keyboards, big screens, multi core processors etc... Apple is falling into the same trap it fell into before Steve Jobs showed up, it is too proprietary, locked down and only appeals to a small group of elitist enthusiasts.
As for coming to boost... yeah good luck on that. I have heard of ppl successfully cloning the Vzw version onto other CDMA carriers but don't have any examples.