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Old June 21st, 2010, 01:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default question about"bring your own phone" on a CDMA network

Im used to GSM, where I can just pop in a SIM card in whatever device I want to use as long as its built-in radio circuits are the same frequencies in use on the 2g/3g network of my provider.

Is the same true for (US based) Verizon and or Sprint (both CDMA)? Can I pick out a CDMA android phone, and as long as its radios are the right freq, will Verizon/Sprint allow me to activate it on their network?

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Old June 21st, 2010, 09:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Im used to GSM, where I can just pop in a SIM card in whatever device I want to use as long as its built-in radio circuits are the same frequencies in use on the 2g/3g network of my provider.

Is the same true for (US based) Verizon and or Sprint (both CDMA)? Can I pick out a CDMA android phone, and as long as its radios are the right freq, will Verizon/Sprint allow me to activate it on their network?
In short, no. You can only use specific carrier branded phones with these two carriers. Also, no SIM cards on CDMA.
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Old June 22nd, 2010, 08:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can flash some CDMA devices for use on other CDMA carriers but most CDMA carriers won't activate devices from another carrier from what I've seen.
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I can't imagine how nice it would be to have carrier agnostic phone options. One of the new Moto Droids on Sprint please.
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