The only thing that stopped people from being able to use a verizon iphone 4 on sprint before was that sprint would not allow you to. Now that they have iphones on their network will they be able to tell the difference from a cdma iphone 4 that was sold from verizon or sprint? if not will they be able to check the esn of a verizon iphone when activated with sprint?
You can't, because Sprint and Verizon use different frequencies for their 3G networks, so you'd basically have an iPhone that could only connect to WiFi.
I think the real reason is that Sprint will just not let you activate it on there network is since you give them a code ( I think it is the MEID HEX from the back of the phone) and they will know if that there phone or not. I think they just want to have control and not have custumers jumping from company to company.
But to answer your real question is Sprint will not let you activate any cdma phone unless it from Sprint.
The ESN of the iPhone from Verizon wouldn't be loaded into our system and therefore would not able to be activated on our network, our system wouldn't allow it. We would have to submit a request to have the ESN loaded into our database and the group that makes those changes would at that point, most likely, determine that it was not a Sprint iPhone and reject the ESN add on. That's my educated crack at it, there may be a few other factors that I'm not aware of.
oldiesmann - that's not accurate - both companies use cdma for 3G and both use the 850/1900 bands
it's more because each company won't allow the equipment of the other company -- which I never understood why, the company wouldn't be subsidizing the phone so the contract would be profitable
Not right either good guy, Sprint has no cellular band assignments in the us like Verizon. Sprint and Verizon use the same technologhy for CDMA but a different frequency band and system topology from Verizon when it comes to 4G.
With all due respect - I'm not sure I undrstand how I am wrong about CDMA with Verizon - I've been with Sprint for 13 years and have roamed on VZW networks all the time (3G data).
So please be more specific as to what aspect of 3G CDMA am I wrong about - my palm pixi is famous for being able to swap the radio coard from a VZW branded pixi to the Sprint pixi to use the additional wifi ability - I'll even go one further -my palm pixi is even more reliable with the VZW radio board
And Jbx123 - I didn't even refer to 4G, because 4G is a completely different beast
And no to beat this into the ground - I am very familiar with running debug on my phones to examine what frequencies, channels, etc are being used
In your original response you stated Sprint and Verizon both used the PCS and cellular bands. After 13 years with Sprint you should know that Sprint owns NO cellular band assignments.
This has nothing to do with 4G.