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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by MrJavi, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert
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    Sprint is CDMA and T-Mobile is GSM so if Im a Sprint customer what type of phone should I buy? Lets say I went all out and bought a $1200 Note 10 with Sprint CDMA would it still be totally compatible with the new network 4g. After two or three years then what? Any advice would be appreciated, Thank you.
     

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    Post #2 by ocnbrze, Nov 18, 2019 (1 points)
  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    i think it is too early to tell how the merger will affect the two different technologies. but i think with cdma you still need a sim card so it should not affect phones too much.
     
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  4. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert
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    There isn't much information on the web on specifics so I just thought Id ask. I still have three working n910p Note 4's. I can say there dated but not obsolete. The removable battery and expandable storage are a few thing I hate to give up. The main drawbacks are 32bit and 3gb rom (snapdragon). If you know yout way around XDA you can really busy the performance but of course within hardware limitations. Anyway, I would even consider a $1200 phone with a locked bootloader. I perfer the S6 edge plus 64gb but will purchase the Note 5 64g as it is easier to disassemble. Most likely the age of the Li-ion battery will need replacement. With the glass back it won't even last the week.
     
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  5. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Any currently available phone on those networks should be no problem, as AFAIK they all have GSM, HSDPA, and LTE. No manufacturer makes CDMA only phones now.

    CDMA's days are numbered anyway. Verizon is apparently turning their CDMA network off by 2021
    https://www.techradar.com/news/phon...-shut-off-2g-3g-cdma-networks-by-2021-1103842
    I suspect Sprint has similar plans for their CDMA network. And Canadian carriers like Bell ceased CDMA a couple of years ago now.

    Here in China we have China Telecom CDMA, but any phones that they supply are GSM, HSDPA and LTE capable, as well as CDMA.

    FWIW I think the last time I read about CDMA only phones on AF was about 4-5 years ago, where somebody in the US had bought a second-hand China Telecom branded HTC on Ebay, that didn't take a SIM.
     
    #4 mikedt, Nov 18, 2019
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  6. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    That phone should be no problems.
    https://www.sammobile.com/samsung/galaxy-note-4/specs/SM-N910P/
    2G GSM: GSM 900, DCS1800, PCS1900 2G CDMA: CDMA800, USPCS1900
    3G UMTS: B1(2100), B2(1900), B5(850), B8(900); 3G CDMA: BC0(800), BC1(1900), BC10(800)
    4G LTE: 4G FDD LTE: B25(1900), B26(850); 4G TDD LTE: B41(2500)
     
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  7. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert
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    Thanks for the information, much appreciated
    mikedt
     
  8. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert
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    Thank you
     
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