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question about"bring your own phone" on a CDMA network

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by opticalc, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. opticalc

    opticalc Member
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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?
     

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  2. IOWA

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    In short, no. You can only use specific carrier branded phones with these two carriers. Also, no SIM cards on CDMA.
     
  3. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member
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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.
     
  4. mrmojoz

    mrmojoz Well-Known Member
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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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