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Dec 3, 2007, 3:31 PM

switching phones: how easy is it to do?

quick question...

actually, let me ramble for a bit of explanation first...

(scroll down for the actual question)

i have been with many different wireless carriers in the past (t-mobile, cingular, sprint, verizon, and cricket, to name a few) and from my experience, it is a lot easier to switch handsets if you're on a gsm carrier than it is if you're on a cdma carrier.
what i am familiar with is being able to take the sim card out of my old gsm phone, putting it into my new gsm phone, and having my service automatically transferred to the new phone.

however, anytime i've ever wanted to switch phones while i was on a cdma carrier, i've had to call customer service (hold times and agent's accents - AAARRRGGGHHH!!!) to get them to c...
phonerboi74 said:
quick question...

actually, let me ramble for a bit of explanation first...

(scroll down for the actual question)

i have been with many different wireless carriers in the past (t-mobile, cingular, sprint,
on sprint, upgrade eligibility is based on esn, unless the esn is changed by lockline - at least that has been my experience as a sprint customer the last five times i've been involved in it (whether for myself or any of my friends) over the past few...

Dec 1, 2007, 2:42 PM

CDMA = Verizon & Sprint

First of all, all the cool phones are GSM. Most of the other companies are GSM.

So big deal.. I can go to a Sprint store and buy another crappy phone that drains the battery fast and use it on Verizon's network but not get full customer service. (CDMA drains battery life 2x as fast as GSM) Oh, great joy.

Verizon phones and Sprint phone suck moose nuts. That new "awesome" Voyager.. not a full PDA, just a fun consumer phone ("iPhone Killer" my ass).

You can't use your phone in Europe with CDMA but you can with GSM... that is, unless you buy the "world traveler" phone which basically just switches to GSM when needed (you'll still have to purchase service from a new carrier in UK).

Verizon service is the most expensive around.
I love how all of these people are always hyping how you can use your phone overseas. I do hope you realize that 90% if not more of this countries population is never going to leave this country hauss. I dont use a cdma phone my company gave me a jank...
First of all, not all the cool phones are GSM. That's your opinion. I think that Sprint and Verizon both have some cool phones

Secondly, who cares if GSM is used everywhere else around the world. Most people aren't world travelers.

I myself love...
cleolicious said:
CDMA drains battery life 2x as fast as GSM.

Not true. There's a difference, but it's not 2x.

You can't use your phone in Europe with CDMA but you can with GSM... that is, unless you bu

Dec 7, 2007, 2:04 PM

So, will they unlock it?

I read the report... twice, and somehow I'm still a bit confused. Maybe I'm just special, someone help me out.... So will they unlock a phone for you? I noticed the part that said that they would continue to activate sprint, alltell and such phone on their network... so with this new thing, will they be unlocking them too? If not, what makes this move so different from what they were already doing?
I'm all for it, I just want some verification.

Dec 4, 2007, 4:12 PM

Verizon finally unlocking the chastity belt.

Verizon is making HUGE steps to come out of the gate first here. It's interesting because they are finally breaking out of their micro-view. I believe, in the past, Verizon thought of themselves as just a "Cellular Phone Service" provider. To me, this new news means they are changing their model and viewing themselves now as a "Wireless Communications" company.

We'll see how it all works out, looks like right now you will almost be punished (services wise) for having a non-Verizon device. As with all new changes it will be crazy at first, but after 24-36 months all the billing details/compatibility issues will ironed out and it will be smooth sailing.

I suspect after the sale of the new wireless spectrum and the development of the af...
I agree it's great to see them changing their strategy! For people like myself who refuse to sign up for TV, Vcast, or Data when I have all that at home and paying comcast way to much as it is, this is perfect! I only need solid VOICE and TXT, so to b...

Nov 30, 2007, 3:38 PM


This is a great article, THANK YOU phonescoop for clearing up as many details as humanly possible! 😁

I didn't know that you could already activate a sprint phone on verizons network, did anyone else?

I got an old junky Sanyo 7500 at home free and clear, how would i go about it? I'm assuming the online esn changer will not work, just head down to verizon and ask them 😕

Thank you
I already knew that. I have a friend's old Samsung SPH-i500 that I was meaning to test out.

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Nov 30, 2007, 11:00 PM

sorry but.....

gsm uses dont have to pay more per month, they dont have to call in to get the phone activated you can walk in to any location and get service., if you have a sim card slot and the right bands your good to go.

i dont see why this is big news, the really question is why did it take so long.
please allow me to try to answer this question for you...

as far as i know, gsm networks have always had open handset policies because of the way the phones are built.
further, cdma networks have always been locked for the same reason.

let me e...

Dec 3, 2007, 5:20 AM


if i were to get a blackberry 8830 from sprint for the unlocked GPS capability, could i still tether my phone on vzw's data network? what, if any, would the data implications be?
The only guarantee is that you would have voice and text message capabilities. Any data connection to Verizon with a Sprint phone, reguardless that it's a simular model, will not be guaranteed.

Dec 2, 2007, 3:22 PM

Riddle me this.. simcards work?

Not sure how to ask this question. of if it applies. but in europe, you can have several phones and just slip your simcard into the thing when you want to use a particular phone. this type of thing is what i have wanted for a while. more than one phone, but one account. just use one phone at a time, by transferring card.

will something like this be available due to this change?
Simcards are for GSM phones, right now VZW is CDMA. Even the global phones that have simcards don't pick up the GSM bands used in the U.S. The 4g network should allow GSM is my understanding, but I admit I'm basing that off of limited information at ...

Nov 30, 2007, 8:36 PM

So will you be able to...

buy a Verizon handset without a contract and unlock it to be used on another carrier?
Yeah... but don't expect to use all the features of the phone. If say you had a Voyager... you will be limited to Voice and Text messaging. No Web, navigation, No pix messaging.
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