BYOP Bring your own phone
- Charlie's Syndicate
- 08 Jul, 2019
Keeping the phone you already love...
BYOP stands for Bring Your Own Phone and it simply means taking your current phone to a new carrier to get a new plan. Lots of MVNOs—and major carriers too—allow you to bring your own device along with you, sometimes just requiring a new sim card to activate.
GSM vs. CDMA
One thing that’s important to keep in mind, though, is that some phones are GSM while others are CDMA. What does this mean? In the U.S., GSM phones are configured for AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, while CDMA phones are configured for Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular’s networks.
Since MVNOs run on the major carriers’ networks, they’ll belong to either GSM or CDMA networks—sometimes both. If you’re bringing your phone with you, knowing whether it’s a GSM or CDMA device will help you pick a carrier that will work for you. We can help you with everything you need to know about keeping your phone and switching carriers.
Why choose a BYO Phone plan?
- Save on the monthly cost of a new phone (a new iPhone installment plan costs $27/mth for the phone - you can save that every month - $300/year
- Upgrade to the latest plans when they come out