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Old 12-14-2009, 10:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a T-mobile BB curve (8530) and have very poor coverage in my area. The wifi helps but only in my house. I would like to switch the phone to Verizon which covers the area well but Verizon says it can't be done. I have a monthly contract and bouight the phone ourtright from T-Mobile. Is there anything I can do?
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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No the 8520 is a GSM device, verizon is a CDMA carrier.
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You can get AT&T. Tell Tmobile to send you unlock codes. It can then be used on Any GSM network. Verizon and Sprint use an older technology. Oddly, Verizon is a more complete network but CDMA is really outdated (their technology)....I would go to AT&T if you want to keep that phone. That phone can be used anywhere in the world if unlocked and tmobile will unlock it.

Otherwise, sell the phone on Ebay.
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Verizon and Sprint use an older technology... CDMA is really outdated...
These are grossly inaccurate statements.
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These are grossly inaccurate statements.
Is that why that are moving to LTE? The rest of Europe isn't using OLD CDMA...

Don't get me wrong. Verizon is good. But they are moving on to LTE (AWAY from CDMA).
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Ive just read the original post.
fredrico58, your profile says 8520. This would be a t-mobile blackberry.
You ask about a t-mobile 8530. An 8530 is a CDMA phone, not a t-mobile one.

If you have an 8520, it cannot be used on verizon.
If you have a 8530, you can't be using it on t-mobile; and unless its a verizon 8530, verizon won't activate a blackberry that is not branded as their own.
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Is that why that are moving to LTE? The rest of Europe isn't using OLD CDMA...

Don't get me wrong. Verizon is good. But they are moving on to LTE (AWAY from CDMA).
Your statement was inaccurate because CDMA is NOT out of date, it is just a different technology from GSM. The fact that most CDMA operators in the world are choosing the same upgrade path (LTE) as the GSM carriers has nothing to do with it being out of date or old. In fact, the original GSM deployed in the rest of the world is older than any variety of CDMA including IS-95. Further, the 3G networks deployed by GSM providers (UMTS) is actually CDMA-based.

I hope this helps you understand a little better.
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These are grossly inaccurate statements.
Yeah, those are absolutely grossly inaccurate statements, tom0100.
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Is that why that are moving to LTE? The rest of Europe isn't using OLD CDMA...

Don't get me wrong. Verizon is good. But they are moving on to LTE (AWAY from CDMA).
And I guess GSM is grossly outdated because they're moving to HSDPA+ too. It's the evolution of the technology, not obsolescence of the standard.
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It's the evolution of the technology, not obsolescence of the standard.
Exactly.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:38 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Is there anything I can do?
I think your options were pretty much laid out above before the tangential discussion kicked off. The only option I didn't see mentioned was getting a new device from Verizon.

You can always resell the 8520. The 8530 isn't a GSM device so you can't possibly have purchased it from TMO.

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It is an 8520. I will try and resell it.
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