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sorry but.....


Nov 30, 2007, 11:00 PM
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.

Dec 1, 2007, 3:14 PM
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 elaborate.
gsm phones and networks are built such that anytime a device tries to access the network, the information on the S-ubscriber I-dentification M-odule (or SIM card) is verified, and the handset (or device) compatability with the network and services that are trying to be used is checked, but the device's E-lectronic S-erial N-umber (or ESN) is not checked by the network. therefore, any device (whether it has an ESN or not) can be unlocked and provided access to the carrier's network and...

Dec 1, 2007, 6:54 PM
thanks for the informative reply sir. the only thing I have to question is the fact that they have always had this capability about 4 years ago I was working as an verizon agent and broke my phone. I happened to have a sprint sanyo 4900 and a alltel motorola v120 I called to the employee line customer service ad after talking to a few reps had the v120 activated with a few programing strings entered in it made phone calls. the sprint phone was another story they couldn't do any thing about that but my point is that thatlong ago I had an alltel phone working on the network so why not open that policy up a while ago and make customers happy.

sorry if about any spelling errors but I am writing this from my smartphone.

Dec 2, 2007, 4:52 AM
As Stark says in the interview, you can do this already with CDMA phones with sprint. You can use Alltel, Q-West, Cricket, and others too. The hard part is finding someone that knows how.

Dec 3, 2007, 2:11 PM
As you stated they are made that way but as far as SIM cards go they only hold important data that your phone would need to run but the phones themselves are still subject to outdating. Same concept less process.

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