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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Ronin3178, Jul 31, 2011.

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    Ok, I have an OG Droid right now with VZW. I am liking what I am seeing about this MT. Given that VM is owned by Sprint, I haven't had a Sprint phone in a long time, does Sprint use SIM cards or not?

    If not, would it be possible to program the MT as a VZW phone until my contract is up? Just did some research on band-types and the OG Droid and MT seem to have the same bands.
     

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    There is no SIM card in this phone. Not sure about swapping service to the phone
     
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    There's a number called an ESN MEID that has the Triumph registered as a SprintVM phone, so taking that to Verizon is probably a no-go as they'll read the ESN and compare to their models and see that they don't offer it, and likely decline to service it.
     
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    Ok, but I am thinking more along the line of changing the ESN, to say what my OG Droid is, so that I can finish out my contract with a better phone than the OG. I have no idea if this can be done, changing the ESN, but I have seen threads in the past about say taking a VZ phone to VM.
     
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    One is a GSM network one is CDMA. They're not compatible. You can't change the phone ID, it is illegal.
     
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    Ok, that was part of my original question, as to was it even possible. All I could find was that they operated on the same bands.

    Well, rooting a phone and flashing a custom rom is illegal and voids your warranty, but we still do it.
     
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    Rooting a phone is no longer illegal. Rooting your Android Phone No Longer a Crime! AndroidGuys

    Changing the phone's ESN is illegal. http://androidforums.com/virgin-mob...e-sprint-phone-virgin-mobile.html#post2827600
    Read also: HackersCatalog.com. Cloning Cellular Phones! which makes it read as though cloning isn't illegal if you own both phones.

    Just found this from the FFC: http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=operations_3&id=cellular

    From this, it reads even if you own both phones and aren't doing anything funny with it, it is still illegal.
     
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    Both VZW and Sprint are CDMA, so technically they could operate on each others networks, but they disallow it.

    Swapping the ESN is illegal, and even if you did it I don't think you can go from carrier to carrier, I think all you might be able to do is make a VM phone act like a real Sprint phone, but people have also reported that after doing it they can only make and recieve calls, data no longer works.
     

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