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Why cdma phones work on one vendors service but not on another?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by newtonhubcap, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. newtonhubcap

    newtonhubcap New Member

    Mar 15, 2011
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    I just bought an Alltel Milestone in November but found out less than a month later the market area I am in was being bought by Element mobile. The real crunch, I was informed that my Milestone would not work on the Element mobile CDMA system. Why would I not be able to make it work on either verizon, etc.

  2. rjniles

    rjniles Member
    Senior Member

    Mar 18, 2003
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    Georgetown,South Carolina
    My Phone:
    MOTO E4 Plus
    Wireless Provider(s):
    It has proprietary software (subsidy lock) that prevents it being activated on another carrier. Even if unlocked the new company may have a policy not to activate handsets from other carriers.

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