So I have an unlocked gsm iphone 6, model number A1549, which, according to this virgin forum post (link), it should all be good, but the website tells me its ineligible. I called straight talk, whom i had an account with until just recently, and tried to get them to unlock my phone. But they dont lock byod phones, and the only thing that would be keeping it form working would be the sim card. Well I do still have a straight talk sim card, but the only way I've found to get the virgin sim kit is for virgin to tell me its eligible and then proceed with sending it, but that can't happen because its ineligible because of the sim card.
There are 3 distinct hoops to be jumped through here.
1) the phone must be whitelisted by Sprint to work on its network. You can check that by going to Tello and putting in your IMEI.
Unless the checker says the phone can be activated immediately there is no way forward unless and until that hurdle can be cleared.
2) getting a sim card is easy. There are three different models that work.
The Apple Store will normally provide one free of charge or you can buy one from Ting or other places.
3) the biggest hurdle is getting the device activated on Virgin Mobile. Even if you can satisfy the first two requirements you will not be able to meet the third one unless the IMEI passes the Virgin Mobile checker. I can confirm this from very recent personal experience.
This was useful, having an issue with a iphone 6s, ran both tello and Ting, didn't think to check theirs, ting has a lot more info, both site say the phone is good to go, so apparently virgin eligibility checker is having issues. Anyone know another way to connect with them to get it working and get things setup?
There are no GSM or CDMA only model 6 phones.
The model 6 series is unique in iPhone history as it is the only truly universal phone Apple has released.
Any iPhone 6 can work on both GSM and CDMA but that does not mean a given phone will work on the system it was not initially intended for retail distribution on .
To activate on GSM, if originally CDMA or vica versa, requires the phone to be unlocked (there are international sim unlocks [ISU] and domestic sim unlocks [DSU]).
Once activated (meaning unlocked if needed) a phone will only provision properly if it has the approratiate activation policy. That is not detectable on the phone itself. Only in exceptional cases is it possible, with the assistance of Apple, to have an activation policy modified.
Your phone is fine if Ting and Tello says it can be activated and no further action is required.
The problem is the same one my family member had and that is Virgin Mobile is not allowing your phone on its network.
Since it is their network, the company can and does decide which iPhones will operate on it. The fact that a phone could operate on it does not matter if the company will not permit it.
There is nothing you can do if Virgin Mobile will not authorize the phone.