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Discussion in 'Sprint' started by AlkiDweller, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. AlkiDweller

    AlkiDweller Android Enthusiast
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    Using an HTC Evo Shift with Sprint, which of course is CDMA.

    Shortly after arriving in Japan last Friday I received a text from Sprint saying...

    In Japan to call US dial 0101-area code-number. Calls 1.99/min, Txt sent 0.50 recvd 0.05. Sprint Care 010-1-817-698-4199. Data service available in Japan on 3GSM network with capable device set device to GSM mode to access data services.

    How is this possible? The Shift isn't an international phone.
     



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  2. jasonacg

    jasonacg Well-Known Member

    Is it possible that Sprint has a series of preloaded messages built in, and a message is "delivered" based on your GPS data? This, of course, assumes that your GPS was on at the time.

    Did your phone indicate any sort of CDMA signal at all?
     
  3. AlkiDweller

    AlkiDweller Android Enthusiast
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    I suppose that's possible. I do keep my GPS on all the time. But I would think that it would only have a lat and lon and without an internet connection it couldn't know where that lat and lon was located.

    I can't remember if there were bars in the notification area or not.
     
  4. jasonacg

    jasonacg Well-Known Member

    After a quick Google search, I discovered that Japan does indeed have a limited CDMA network in some areas. So yes, it is very possible that you were able to receive that text message. When your phone registered on the local network, it was reported to Sprint for proper call routing. That likely would have triggered the message. According to Sprint's website, CDMA messaging is limited to inbound only.

    CDMA service in Japan...I learn something new every day. :)
     
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  5. AlkiDweller

    AlkiDweller Android Enthusiast
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    It didn't even occur to me to Google it. I've always thought CDMA was only in the states. Look at this CDMA Verizon coverage map in Japan (and South Korea)...

    Calling From Japan
     
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  6. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    a friend went to vietnam with their sprint phone (cheap flip phone) and forgot to turn it off.. I did not know they had left. I called them.. they picked up and we talked..

    we were both very surprised!!!!!!!
    and said bye, fast.. did not want to see that bill!!!
     
  7. Cares

    Cares Android Enthusiast

    You guys are confused.

    CDMA phones are not international in the sense that you cannot put in a SIM card to use other carriers. It is international in the sense that it can be used internationally because Sprint has roaming agreements with local CDMA carriers.
     
  8. AlkiDweller

    AlkiDweller Android Enthusiast
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    Sprint has a few dual band phones that they call international phones. The Motorola Photon 4g does GSM, as well as CDMA.
     
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