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Can you take a Cricket phone to another carrier?

meaggiej 1,548 852 June 13, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Say I purchase a cricket phone, like a HTC One, and I use it for 6 months on their network. Then I want to take it to another CDMA network, like Verizon, but not a prepaid network. Can I do that? What if I wanted to go to Straight Talk? Could I take it there as well?

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Unless am mistaken you can't use CDMA phones on another network apart from the original one. Only T-mobile and AT&T phones can be used in either networks and you would have to unlock the phone prior to changing networks.
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Unless am mistaken you can't use CDMA phones on another network apart from the original one. Only T-mobile and AT&T phones can be used in either networks and you would have to unlock the phone prior to changing networks.
actually, it might be possible to use CDMA phones on different networks if the network is using the same network...

like Verizon phones can be used on PagePlus.
Possibly, Sprint phones can be used on Cricket. its possible it can be vice versa but i dont know if sprint will activate it or not...

Even ATT ones can work on say like straight talk... even if the phone is locked to att still.

at least, thats what i recall/read...
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actually, it might be possible to use CDMA phones on different networks if the network is using the same network...

like Verizon phones can be used on PagePlus.
Possibly, Sprint phones can be used on Cricket. its possible it can be vice versa but i dont know if sprint will activate it or not...

Even ATT ones can work on say like straight talk... even if the phone is locked to att still.

at least, thats what i recall/read...
Well pageplus IS verizon's network. And Straight talk IS ATT's network. So the only thing those phones need is possibly a proper firmware if nothing else to work. I think cricket actually has their own network however.
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I doubt this will work, especially on a phone that the carrier your moving to doesnt have (Verizon doesnt carry the HTC One but its rumored they will get a version). Verizon is known for cusomizing handsets and removing features. Like my VZW Note2 VZW took away the receiver to do wireless charging, the FM Radio, and they block Google Wallet. There is also the issue of LTE which is a GSM technology. So right now your Verizon phones have a CDMA modem for calls and a GSM LTE modem for data.
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Sprint / Verizon will ONLY activate phones that have their logo on it, and are in their database.
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Sprint / Verizon will ONLY activate phones that have their logo on it, and are in their database.
Except for iPhones which most certainly don't have any Sprint/Verizon logos on them...
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Well pageplus IS verizon's network. And Straight talk IS ATT's network. So the only thing those phones need is possibly a proper firmware if nothing else to work. I think cricket actually has their own network however.
i believe Cricket is also a MVNO like pageplus and StraightTalk... from wiki, it says " In August 2010, Leap Wireless and Sprint Nextel announced a five year agreement that allows Cricket Wireless to offer nationwide 3G service to its customers using Sprint's 3G network"

but i think Leap Wireless has their own network too, so its like straight talk who uses att and verizon... not sure how all that works with sprint and leap wireless...
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Except for iPhones which most certainly don't have any Sprint/Verizon logos on them...
Well, even iPhones are applicable to this rule even with no visible logo.

The iPhones have ESNs which are recorded in Verizon / Sprint's databases, and cannot be activated unless it was originally a Verizon / Sprint device to begin with.
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