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How to activate a CDMA phone?

Discussion in 'NOKIA' started by 1cellbrain, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. 1cellbrain

    1cellbrain New Member

    Mar 7, 2009
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    A GSM card phone is quite easy for me, once the GSM phone it is unlocked ,just pop in your sim card and you are good to go.
    But what about CDMA phones?
    Can someone please tell me how to go about activating a CDMA phone?
    I am so very curious about cdma phones, what happens with the esn?
    If any esn is registered into a cdma network, how they do it?
    And if a phone is reported stolen how they stop the esn, do they just block it from the network?
    Sorry if I am so stupid, please someone throw in some information. Or tell me what books to read, eh?
  2. Telekom

    Telekom Bronze Senior Member
    Senior Member

    Jun 12, 2006
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    Seattle, Washington USA
    My Phone:
    Nokia 5310, iPhone 3G[S]
    Wireless Provider(s):
    T-Mobile US, Fido CA, T-Mobile NL, Orange IL
    Likely you need to contact the carrier and give them the ESN (electronic serial number) of the phone and tell them what plan, etc. that you want and they'll activate your account. Also with CDMA phones you usually can only use it with a specific CDMA network. Many CDMA networks will not allow you to use a CDMA handset that was on another network though some networks will "flash" your phone to use with their service.

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