9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 29, 2012 12:17 PM by mrorwell RSS

Can I use a phone with a Bad IMEI on an MVNO?

Hi, I'm currently a PlatinumTel user (a prepaid Sprint MVNO) and I love the deal they offer. Next year, they're going to offer a similar prepaid deal using T-Mobile's network. They promise BYOD, so my first thought was to get a nice GSM phone and bring it over. I'm wondering if I could buy a phone on Ebay (specifically the HTC One S, if that matters) with a bad IMEI and use it on PlatinumTel's plan running on T-Mobile's network. Will I be able to activate and use the phone, since it's on a different carrier, or is there some sort of universal blacklist, and that particular phone can no longer be used on any carrier?