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Does nextel track the phone or the sim chip


Oct 22, 2008, 3:18 PM
I was wanting a new phone. I have the 560i the basic and looking to get the 880 or 580 but my company will not up grade me. so i was wondering if I got one and just but the sim in would it mess up their tracking deal or do i have to take the phone into a store to get them to change over the phones? Thanks monte

Oct 22, 2008, 6:37 PM
You can put the SIM card in any Nextel phone as long as they are not the Hybrid ones (Ones that have "IC" in fron of the name i.e IC502) or any of the new HPPT which is Sprint's new PTT phones that run under Sprint's CDMA network and have Nextel DC (They don't have SIM cards πŸ˜‰ ) both the I580 and I880 are Nextel phones you should be able to put your SIM card in πŸ™‚

Oct 24, 2008, 7:56 AM
I believe that the SIM for an i560 is the same part number as the SIM for a Hybrid phone. At least if you try to buy a new SIM on the internet, they claim that the one SIM is compatible with all of the three-numbered iDEN phones ("iXXX" model numbers).

If you try to put the SIM from an older "two number" model phone ("iXX") into a newer "iXXX" model phone, then the iXXX will not have all of its features.

I also thought that you have to let Nextel know that you switched your SIM to a different phone, because their network system matches up the handset's internal ID (serial number) with the SIM ID, in order to have a valid combination that the network will recognize.

Anyone from the original Nextel CS team know the definitive answer? ...

Oct 24, 2008, 12:26 PM
We have customers swap SIMs to different handsets all the time. There is no issue with that.

If you break the phone - that is a different story. Service Centers verify SIM cards with the original MSN's to verify the correct model and may not service the phone if the original SIM is no longer in it.

Oct 24, 2008, 10:15 PM
I'm pretty sure you can NOT use the same SIM card for a Regular Iden PTT and a Hybrid PTT. I've tried it before. They look identical, just not compatible. πŸ˜‰

Dec 4, 2008, 1:46 AM
they are the same sim cards, the sim card is for ptt only. the phone portion is cdma, and therefore needs cdma codes to be added on fdt for the cell portion to work. otherwise, any 128k sim will work

Dec 4, 2008, 1:44 AM
they only wanted you to call them for insurance purposes

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