CDMA phones are still limited.
by BeatleMegaFan - 8/17/07 9:47 AM
In Reply to: unlocked by birdmantd
But still, if you use CDMA networks and products, you become limited because all the CDMA networks like their own stuff. They may not let you use other companies phones with them (so you'd think, anyway). Contract or no, phones bought from carriers have the carriers' signatures and software on it already.
Unlocked phones do not, unless they have been unlocked from a carrier. I agree though. We should have more choice, but it's up to the manufacturers on where to sell these phones. It's up to the consumer to go out of the country and use one too.
But Nokia has a store close to my area, and they sell many unlocked GSM phones for outrageous prices. They are nice, but not for the price. It just depends. The manufacturers here are in agreement through carriers, who sell their products for them.
In the future, we'll have one big network that can run CDMA and GSM and any phone instead of multiple different ones who "hate each other" or compete so heavily.
CDMA technology is slowly diminishing because GSM is cheaper, but is GSM more reliable? Who knows. It depends on where you are to determine how good coverage is, but I've found that my CDMA phone works well where ever there's not a lot of technology. I can use it in the comfort of my home and get max bars, or go to my doctor's office and get one bar for very little signal or roaming.
Surprisingly though, the bars have never affected the call quality at all. I can talk and hear very well with no bars (as long as I'm not roaming).
I think we know that CDMA phones don't necessarily go hand-in-hand with unlocked phones, but we can discuss this:
Are CDMA phones work as better phones than all of GSM/unlocked phones? I'm talking about the phone part, not Mp3's or cameras. Coverage, call quality, etc.
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