CDMA phone work on a 4G network

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CDMA phone work on a 4G network

Postposted on Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:10 am

Can a CDMA phone work on a 4G network? My wife just recently got a CDMA phone... it's a Samsung Freeform... the carrier we are through is possibly finally updating to the 4G network. Can a CDMA phone work on a 4G network?
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Re: CDMA phone work on a 4G network

Postposted on Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:12 am

The carrier will keep 3G around for some time (standard CDMA). It can not directly use the 4G pipe.
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Re: CDMA phone work on a 4G network

Postposted on Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:21 am

Some phone's have both CDMA & 4G LTE radios (such as my Verizon iPhone).
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Re: CDMA phone work on a 4G network

Postposted on Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:30 am

chrismeil wrote:Can a CDMA phone work on a 4G network? My wife just recently got a CDMA phone... it's a Samsung Freeform... the carrier we are through is possibly finally updating to the 4G network. Can a CDMA phone work on a 4G network?


Depends on if your carrier will still carry CDMA as a fallback, after deploying GSM.

And like Usacomp2k3, some handsets support both, so...
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Re: CDMA phone work on a 4G network

Postposted on Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:18 pm

Samsung Freeform is a MetroPCS phone (based on a quick Google search). T-Mobile bought MetroPCS and is in the process of shutting down their CDMA network. If this was a Verizon or Sprint phone I'd say yes, both carriers are committed to their CDMA network for quite a while yet, but MetroPCS really isn't. Instead they're transitioning to a GSM network + LTE. Unless the phone also supports GSM you're out of luck after a while.
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