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Samsung Code i220 on any other network than Metro PCS?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by BigChris7734, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. BigChris7734

    BigChris7734 New Member

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    I'm a complete phone n00b, but I'm sure that someone here will be able to give me an answer.

    We're seriously considering changing carriers from Metro PCS. The network coverage is pretty terrible in our area, and the customer service is beyond gawd-awful. The question is- will our Samsung Code i220 phones work on any other network?

    This site says that the phone works CDMA 1900, but
    this site says that it works on CDMA 1700.
    The Samsung website says that Metro PCS is the only carrier (which I seriously doubt), but doesn't specify the network.

    I'm thoroughly lost here- in theory, I should be able to take the phone to any other carrier that uses the same network type...right?

    What other carriers use this phone's network?

    The phones were expensive, so I'd like to avoid having to purchase new ones if at all possible.
     
  2. M in LA

    M in LA Mobile 28 Years Plus
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    According to MetroPCS's site, this phone is 850/1900, 1700/2100. So what Phonescoop and Phonearena are showing is missing some information.

    Essentially, this phone would work on Verizon and Sprint, BUT... There's another issue to point out.

    Sprint and Verizon are notoriously difficult about activating phones they don't sell. You can try and see if they'll activate your phone, but it may not work out. Though there are people on this site, and other message board sites I've been to, who claim they've activated a non-proprietary phone on either Sprint or Verizon, it is possible. All you can do is ask.

    If Cricket is available in your area, they are another option, but they too have a swiss cheese network like Metro, so you may be going from one questionable carrier to another.

    Another issue with getting your phone to work on either Verizon or Sprint is configuring data to work properly and getting them to add your ESN (electronic serial number) to their system, as this is they key to activation on their networks. This is the roadblock I mentioned earlier.

    You may just have to eat the loss here and get a new phone with whatever carrier you decide to go with. You can always try to sell your phone on eBay, Craigslist, or some other site.

    Welcome to Wireless Advisor, by the way.
     
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  3. BigChris7734

    BigChris7734 New Member

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    Thank you very much for the info and the welcome!
     

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