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Old January 1st, 2013, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dad has decided he wants a smartphone. He does not want a contract carrier and lives in rural Idaho where only Verizon has much coverage. So, I'm looking for a carrier that meets the preceding requirements and possibly allows BYOP. Any ideas?

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Wikipedia's MVNO page has a list of MVNO's and their host networks.
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With Verizon's network, bringing your own device can often be tricky and/or impossible. If you want non-contract, you can sign up for month-to-month or prepaid with Verizon themselves, though the price for m2m would be the same as on contract. Generally the MVNO's that support bring your own device run on AT&T or T-Mobile's towers because their GSM and thus support GSM standards which includes being open to any device compatible as long as you pay your bill. Verizon being a closed propitiatory CDMA network does not generally allow you to bring your device unless it is one they've already approved.
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I believe Page Plus and Straight Talk both use/have the Verizon option.
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Page Plus uses Verizon's network and allows you to bring some devices over.

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Good information folks, thanks for the help!
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Good information folks, thanks for the help!
Glad we could help if you have any more questions feel free to ask

And if you are looking into bringing devices over the best option would be to call the carrier you want to get on aboard with and ask them personally if you can.
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