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Can my Unlocked ZTE gsm/lte sim card phone work on Hawaiian holiday with Verizon/Sprint prepaid network?

pointbob 2,240 248 December 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM
I'm going on holiday to Hawaii. The place I stay at has terrible coverage (learned that last time) with gsm based tmobile. So I checked out that my new unlocked phone (zte) has gsm and lte. Now I don't care about data - I just want to be able to make voice phone calls. The Verizon coverage map shows GREAT coverage with their 4g lte system.

So....if i buy a verizon prepaid sim card at walmart in kauai - will my zte z958 be able to make voice calls?

Thanks

ps I checked the specs on my phone and got this info:

GSM:850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS:850, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz
FDD LTE:700 (band 12), 700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2) MHz
Data:LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA (unspecified), HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS

Read more at http://www.phonearena.com/phones/...gd542iM.99

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The place I stay at has terrible coverage (learned that last time) with gsm based tmobile.
Verizon and sprint only allow CDMA phones on their networks. Difference carriers also use different LTE bands. So the answer is NO.

AT&T or an AT&T MVNO would work on your phone and generally has better coverage than T-Mobile. When were you there last? Are you on t-mobile prepaid or postpaid? Cell networks are always changing. t-mo post paid will roam onto at&t's network, pre-paid won't.

Best bet is probably to pick up a cheap CDMA tracfone (either a smart phone like the LG L22C (power) or even a flip phone like the LG 237C ($5 @walmart)). The trick is identifying if the phone is CDMA, generally CDMA phone models will end in C but there may be a few others that are CDMA. You can also bring your own verizon CDMA phone. WiFi calling is always an option too.
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Verizon and sprint only allow CDMA phones on their networks. Difference carriers also use different LTE bands. So the answer is NO.

AT&T or an AT&T MVNO would work on your phone and generally has better coverage than T-Mobile. When were you there last? Are you on t-mobile prepaid or postpaid? Cell networks are always changing. t-mo post paid will roam onto at&t's network, pre-paid won't.

Best bet is probably to pick up a cheap CDMA tracfone (either a smart phone like the LG L22C (power) or even a flip phone like the LG 237C ($5 @walmart)). The trick is identifying if the phone is CDMA, generally CDMA phone models will end in C but there may be a few others that are CDMA. You can also bring your own verizon CDMA phone. WiFi calling is always an option too.
Here is a good explination of what/how verizon allows for their Prepaid Service http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2...rizon.html
I agree that the short answer is the OP's plan won't work on Verizon.
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Here is a good explination of what/how verizon allows for their Prepaid Service http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2...rizon.html
I agree that the short answer is the OP's plan won't work on Verizon.
Verizon's LTE bands are 13, 4 , 2 & 25. Even if they'd allow it, OP's phone doesn't support enough of the right bands.
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