After waiting many, many months, I finally took my recently arrived Pro1 into the Sprint store for activation. Sadly, I had no luck. The IMEI doesn't show up as being compatible, at least according to their activation system. And after escalating the problem, the escalation tech could only tell me that Sprint doesn't allow the activation of "international" phones on their network. So I beg the masses; has anyone else been able to get their device activated, and working on Sprint's CDMA network? Based on what I've been able to gather from various threads on this forum, I have three options possibilities left to try:
1) A user suggested ask for a "universal SIM," although based on what the techs told me during my first visit, I don't think this exists. From what I was told the Sprint system requires the SIM and IMEI to be a matched set... however, after I think that requirement may only apply to their CDMA network, which leads to option two.
2) Try using a "mule," aka activate an approved phone that uses the same type of SIM card, and then following activation, transfer the SIM card to the Pro1. I was told this wouldn't work, but perhaps if I connect via LTE, and use the network as "data only," I might be able to get VoLTE service.
3) The last option would be waiting until the Sprint/T-mobile merger is completed (2 to 3 months from now), after which I'll be able to visit any T-mobile store, and get a GSM SIM card.
Anyone have other suggestions? I'll post an update if I learn more.
P.S. I'm somewhat locked into using Sprint because my line is part of a much larger plan, which I don't pay for.