Engadget reports that a few jailbreakers have discovered a way to get the Verizon iPhone to work on Cricket, a Pay as you Go carrier which rides on Leap Wireless’ CDMA 3G Network. You’ll have to jailbreak, install some third party MMS software and let a guy at a Cricket dealer flash your iPhone so clearly this isn’t anywhere close to mainstream.
Can I flash a phone to work on the Cricket network?
Yes, Cricket will activate any phone that’s been flashed to work on the Cricket network.
Cricket corporate stores currently do not flash phones to work on the Cricket network but many of the indirect dealer (both standard and premier) have the ability to flash a customer’s phone, and most corporate stores will be able to tell a customer where to go to have their phones flashed to Cricket. To find a list of store locations, click here.
If you choose to activate a non-Cricket phone on the Cricket network, there is a possibility that some of the phone features or service plan features may not operate. Additionally, flashed phones are not eligible for the Cricket Phone Replacement Program or Cricket Warranty Exchange Program. Not all phones are capable of being flashed to work on the Cricket network.
Why is this important? COO Tim Cook recently said that Apple is looking to innovate in pre-paid markets.
He further noted that the handset distribution model was poorly constructed and that Apple would look to “innovate” and do “clever” things in addressing that market.