A friend of mine broke her phone while in Japan and she needs to buy a new one. She uses Sprint's network, so the phone must be compatible with Sprint once she returns. I noticed several old threads that claim that Sprint will only activate their own phones, but the threads are very old so I hope that has changed. (Side note: she will be abroad for over a month longer, so waiting until she returns is not really an option.)
Can anyone confirm if it is possible to just buy a CDMA phone that matches the bands listed on wikipedia under "cellular frequencies". (Sorry, not allowed to post a link yet.)
And then simply have sprint activate it?