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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Corksil, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Corksil

    Corksil Lurker
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    Hey I want to switch out of verizon because there is a carrier in my area that is much cheaper for many more features.

    I have no credit, so i cannot get the discounted htc desire phone for 190usd with a new contract.

    i have to go month to month, which is not a problem - except the service provider wants to charge me 400usd for the phone.

    i think it would be much cheaper to just buy an htc desire off of ebay or something like that.

    i am fine with buying a used phone from someone, but i am getting really confused on what i need.

    the service provider is vague in their terms, apparently i need an htc desire that
    -works on CDMA networks
    -uses EV_DO revision A
    -does not have a SIM card

    they told me that if i bring them an HTC desire with those qualifications, i could use it with their network. I may have to pay 50 bucks to 're-flash' it or something, but it bringing in my own phone still seems cheaper than paying 400usd for a new phone without a contract.

    it seems like there are a bunch of different htc desire phones, and they have different network compatibility.

    my question is....
    - how can i make sure a CDMA HTC Desire phone without a SIM card bought off of ebay will be compatible with the new service provider?


  2. amlothi

    amlothi Android Expert

    My unlocked, unbranded HTC Desire that I bought online (with no contract) cost me $550 USD at the time I bought it. I'm not sure you will be able to find a new HTC Desire that is much cheaper than $350 online.

    It would also need to be an unlocked phone. Unlocked CDMA phones aren't that popular. Not as easy to switch carriers as just popping in/out a SIM card.
  3. dannylill1981

    dannylill1981 Member

    as long as you buy a cdma desire and not a gsm desire you should be ok.

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