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MetroPCS BYOD & HTC One Network

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by R32VW, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. R32VW

    R32VW Senior Member
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    I'm currently with Virgin Mobile ($35 plan) and have the HTC EVO V 4G (model PG86100). I want to upgrade my phone to either the HTC One M8 or M9 and switch to MetroPCS' $30 plan. I know that Metro is dropping CDMA soon. I have been browsing Craigslist Seattle and was wondering if a Sprint-branded One M8 or M9 would work on Metro's GSM network? I am hoping to keep the phone price under $300.

    I will only be using the phone in the U.S., Seattle-area. I was also wondering what the significant differences are between the M8 and M9? PhoneArena has a nice comparison here.
     
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  2. KevinJames

    KevinJames WA's 1st retired mod
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    No, Sprint uses CDMA so a phone on their network cannot/will not work on GSM.
     
  3. QLR

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    The real detail is whether the GSM radios are compatible/unlocked for domestic use. The OP will have to contact Sprint to unlock the device. Per Sprint's website, the One M9 is able to be unlocked for domestic use, but the M8 is not.

    http://www.sprint.com/legal/unlocking_policy.html#!/

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