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Napoleon
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Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


I'm getting tired of paying nearly $200 a month for Verizon. I did the math and its cheaper for me to opt out of my contract and get a pre-paid phone.

I can get Verizon or Cricket prepaid for $50 a month. Sure I won't get 4g lte, but with my data addiction that may be a good thing.

I read a few walk throughs of flashing the phone and my IMEI/ESN is good.

It would be nice to have an S3 on an unlimited everything plan for $50 a month.

Though my girlfriend offered to put me on her plan. I don't know about that.

I have started threads on here before about Verizon screwing me, but this month I had an extra $250 charge on the bill and was told if I didn't pay it my phone would be turned off. They are charging me for Janurary twice, on both lines.

After I was charged $300 for their error with my last phone. My cycle ends monday, so I need to switch now.

Options are

Flash phone and prepaid
Go out and buy new phone/plan
Get on Gfs Sprint Plan


I ported both numbers to Google Voice so that's done.

Basically just wondering if anyone has done all the steps to make a CDMA phone work on a different network?

Also, if you can go GSM, change the SIM and you change the network, none of this flashing crap.








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Wooly
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


seriously whatever you do... dont get on the sprint plan.... they fricking suck dick.

they waived my cancellation.fee then sent a collection.agency after me. took.them to.court. won. but still.


also their.service is dog. shite. my service would cut.out all the time.... my friend has att prepaid and loves it






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BOSCEAUX
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


I would love to find something cheaper but where I live I have to have AT&T. Two I-phones unlimited and my sons cheap arse phone with a $10 data plan is $220 a month.





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Napoleon
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


I have a Droid Razr and an S3 on a shared plan.

The Razr I don't use because its broke and I was too dumb to get insurance because I figured I could change the screen myself if it broke. (and I can but it costs $260, didn't realize that) So one phone, but two plans.
Had to add the second so I would have a phone for work.

They told me it was $40, but it came to be $80 with all the fees.

So with the $115 for the first line (yes they are the most expensive carrier) its nearly $200.

I have been reading all day about how Cricket uses Verizon towers, but it looks like it is much much easier to take a Sprint Phone to Cricket or Boost than it is a Verizon phone.

There are people who will flash it for $75 but I have the software to do it. I just don't get how I convert the IMEI to an ESN for cricket and then what to do as it says I need an account first, and to get an account I need an ESN, but LTE phones have IMEI numbers instead. Its confusing as hell.

I may just go back to T-mobile, but they have crappy phones. I like my S3, but it looks like its going on Ebay soon, unless I can figure this out.









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7thWardTiger
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


Don't you own your own company? shite man, stop being cheap, pay the 75 to get it flashed instead of trying to do it yourself, and go from there.





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Napoleon
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


I would, but no one in Nola does it.

I'm not sure if I am comfortable with sending the phone away.
Plus I like to know how to do this kind of stuff.
Its like a puzzle.

Plus, I am cheap. I have taxes coming up and am saving for a vacation. So trying not top burn money.






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Wooly
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


check.into t mobile

something like $70 a month unlimited data and they have 4g... and no contract.


might be a good deal






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Napoleon
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


The internet speed isn't everything.
I had Tmobile before. No contract means I have to buy a phone up front. So I would rather use my CDMA phone I have now. I know I can flash it to Sprint, so that option would be cheapest. Just I need Google Voice to work.

IDK, may just get some crap throw away phone for now, and wait until May to get something more expensive. I have to still keep paying Verizon.

I was offered $250 for my S3, so I could sell it.

I was just hoping some Ot'er would reply "Oh yeah, I just flashed my S3 to cricket" and explain it to me in English. These guys on Cricketusers go back abd forth between Sprint and VZW S3s and make it seem like most won't work on the VZW one.

I just have to get a phone by Monday.







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Wooly
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


get an obamaphone.


I hear they just hand that shite out






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Guess
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


Pretty sure that Cricket uses Sprint for their nationwide network not Verizon, and since Nola isn't a real Cricket market not all of their plans are available here. Sprint Lte is finally showing up here, but the 3g still isn't very good and with cricket all you are gonna get is sprint 3g. If you are serious about going prepaid you probably need to get a new(or buy one off of ebay with the money that you get from your S3) gsm phone because you'll get better 3g speeds with HSPA.


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Napoleon
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


I was thinking that my phone is worth an automatic $200 extra if I flash it to work on Cricket.

Was just an option.

I've decided to just shop ATT and Tmobile later today.
I will never again buy a non-GSM phone.
CDMA just sucks.


Prepaid sounds okay, but I realized I have to have a good phone.
I don't want to put out $600 for a phone.



Sorry Wooly I don't believe in taking advantage of the governemnt.






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Sheep
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


quote:

CDMA just sucks.


Lulz.

CDMA sucks for moving phones around between carriers, but is far technically superior.

I switched from Sprint to AT&T last year, and can't wait to switch back (or to Verizon.)






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warr09
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


I wrote something about this on another post ladt night. I have an S3 and my wife uses an Iphone 4S.
We use a prepaid servicr called Net10. All we had to do was cut the SIM card to fit both phones. We pay $90 per month for unlimited everything on two phones on ATT's network which includes 4G.

You can do something similar by using Smart Talk from Walmart. But you have to actually own your phone. Which means if you don't have a phone, you would have to buy it outright. I recently read that the cost of a new Iphone 5 on either Verizon or ATT usually comes out to around $2400 for duration of the contract since you are in essence financing it.

ETA: Smart Talk works on Verizon's network and can also be used for ATT just pick the correct carrier. Don't sell your S3 unless you just would have better service with ATT. And stay as far away from TMO as possible. Their coverage sucks. Stick with ATT or Verizon based sub-tier carriers.



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BabyrayS2k
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


Bet you cheapskates are getting great coverage and great data speed LOL.





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warr09
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Member since Jan 2013
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


Actually I do. You get the same coverage as an ATT customer. Not really sure where the stigma about prepaid comes from. My service is great.





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StraightCashHomey21
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


quote:

CDMA


my iphone 4

can't put a sim card in it over here in europe but if i had the 4s i would






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CarRamrod
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Member since Dec 2006
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


quote:

I will never again buy a non-GSM phone.
CDMA just sucks.






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FlukerFlakes
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


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Bet you cheapskates are getting great coverage and great data speed LOL.


Actually he is getting the EXACT same coverage as you would if you were on AT&T contract of 2 years.

GSM MVNO's with prepaid are the only way to go. Buying into a 2 year contract with any cell company is stupid. I pay $49 a month and get unlimited talk at anytime, unlimited text, and unlimited data on Solavei (a TMobile MVNO). Oh and no contract, i can leave tomorrow if i want.

A MVNO is basically a company that acquires a section of a main cell company and distributes it under a diff platform. The coverage i get equals what anyone with TMobile gets and the speed is the same as well. Only difference is i dont have a contract and i pay $20 less per month. So, over the contract of 2 years I will have saved nearly $500 for the exact same service.



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Napoleon
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Member since Dec 2007
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


quote:

I switched from Sprint to AT&T last year, and can't wait to switch back (or to Verizon.)


I'll trade a S3 with an Otterbox, and a Razr with a busted screen for a decent Android GSM.

GSM is used around the world. If you travel you can't use your CDMA at all.

Though if you stay stateside and are an OT baller and don't mind paying more than $100 a month then Verizon is great.

Its not the monthly plans I have problems with, its that I have paid $600 in add on fees, without question. (my fault, I know)
I'm looking at all this crap I have monthly (online gaming accounts, sat radio, Verizon) and thinking I can trim the fat.

Want to be more frugal.
As I'm not an OT baller. and my guy lied about tax raises.






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Napoleon
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re: Anyone here ever take a CDMA phone to a pre-paid network?


quote:

Bet you cheapskates are getting great coverage and great data speed LOL.


lol, you use the same towers as people paying twice as much.

Just stick to ATT or VZW prepaid carriers. Hell VZW even has $50 unlimited prepaid.

Sprint and TMO are slower in all respects. VZW is by far the best provider, but you pay for it.

I'm not worried about data as I have a hotspot in my work truck.






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