[SOLVED] Why is it so HARD to find a CDMA phone on Newegg?

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joeacejr15

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I am on Verizon plan with my family, and I desperately need a new phone for Instacart. My price budget for a new phone is $300 to $450 for a nice mid to high end phone with tons of storage, tons of ram, and tons of CPU cores, and big.LITTLE technology.



The reason I made this post is because it is SO HARD to find phones on Newegg or Amazon that WILL WORK with Verizon. I spent a few hours looking on Newegg and Amazon for phones that WILL WORK with Verizon. I am going to move over to Mint Mobile soon afterwards I get my new phone. I want to keep my phone number.



So how do I find a phone that will work with Verizon for a few months before switching to Mint, or could I just get a new phone and switch to Mint mobile right away?
 
It is very hard to find a CDMA phone in general. You can grab GSM phone but your carrier may refuse to let you activate it, and even if they do you will only have 4g internet and no call or text.

I had this recently. I use boost mobile, which has a poor selection of android phones, however, they will let you bring a CDMA unlocked phone to the network. Your carrier may allow the same.

I ended up with the Moto G stylus USA edition which is usually around $300. It is so far a very good phone. Good camera, good screen. It is responsive and doesn't feel laggy.

You could get the moto g power which has half the storage and no stylus, but a bigger battery and cheaper price.

Though I found the Gstylus open box for very cheap on ebay.
 

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Just don't cancel the Verizon account until you move the numbers all over to Mint. I just went through this hassle going from AT&T to T-Mobile. It did cost me an extra month with AT&T but I got the phones I wanted and kept my numbers.

And the reason is simple -- both Verizon and AT&T want you to lease your phones from them forever.

OFDMA is better technology and much newer though (LTE). And COVID takes some of the blame since everyone is at home making calls now. ;)
 

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Another reason is that Verizon will quit CDMA 2G/3G soon and this old technology is not future proof.

Get a phone which can use 4G LTE or 5G, eventually you will need a new sim card for that

https://uk.pcmag.com/news-analysis/11593/cdma-vs-gsm-whats-the-difference
Agreed, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 supports both CDMA and 4G LTE, brand new on Amazon at $250 but it is two weeks to ship. And it just updated to Android 10 a few weeks ago, and I think mine was about the last to do so.
 

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Just don't cancel the Verizon account until you move the numbers all over to Mint. I just went through this hassle going from AT&T to T-Mobile. It did cost me an extra month with AT&T but I got the phones I wanted and kept my numbers.

And the reason is simple -- both Verizon and AT&T want you to lease your phones from them forever.

OFDMA is better technology and much newer though (LTE). And COVID takes some of the blame since everyone is at home making calls now. ;)
I was going to get a ZTE Axon 10 pro from newegg. Some people said it will support Verizon others say it wont. How do I know for sure? Newegg says it does, but ZTE doesnt list any CDMA bands on their website..
 

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4g is LTE. Have you tried Ebay?
Nah the price difference isnt enough to justify. Id rather buy it from newegg.

I actually did look up the frequency bands for the ZTE phone and these are the bands. Just wondering if it will work on Verizon.

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 MHz

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 30(2300), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100), 71(600)
 
It is very hard to find a CDMA phone in general. You can grab GSM phone but your carrier may refuse to let you activate it, and even if they do you will only have 4g internet and no call or text.

I had this recently. I use boost mobile, which has a poor selection of android phones, however, they will let you bring a CDMA unlocked phone to the network. Your carrier may allow the same.

I ended up with the Moto G stylus USA edition which is usually around $300. It is so far a very good phone. Good camera, good screen. It is responsive and doesn't feel laggy.

You could get the moto g power which has half the storage and no stylus, but a bigger battery and cheaper price.

Though I found the Gstylus open box for very cheap on ebay.
 

RealBeast

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Nah the price difference isnt enough to justify. Id rather buy it from newegg.

I actually did look up the frequency bands for the ZTE phone and these are the bands. Just wondering if it will work on Verizon.

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

UMTS 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 MHz

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 30(2300), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100), 71(600)
You said that your price was up to $450 for the right phone, and the Samsung Galaxy 9 that I linked is $250 new, with Android 10 -- probably the best phone at that price. What are you really looking for? It has all the bands, great battery, screen, cameras, and Android 10.
 

joeacejr15

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You said that your price was up to $450 for the right phone, and the Samsung Galaxy 9 that I linked is $250 new, with Android 10 -- probably the best phone at that price. What are you really looking for? It has all the bands, great battery, screen, cameras, and Android 10.
I want a very high capacity phone with big.LITTLE, nice fast cores, tons of ram, etc.

I do instacart and my samsung i3 eclipse, let's just say, left me stranded for like 10 minutes in a hot car. It's not even a certified snail, it's just a waste of raw materials.
 

joeacejr15

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It is very hard to find a CDMA phone in general. You can grab GSM phone but your carrier may refuse to let you activate it, and even if they do you will only have 4g internet and no call or text.

I had this recently. I use boost mobile, which has a poor selection of android phones, however, they will let you bring a CDMA unlocked phone to the network. Your carrier may allow the same.

I ended up with the Moto G stylus USA edition which is usually around $300. It is so far a very good phone. Good camera, good screen. It is responsive and doesn't feel laggy.

You could get the moto g power which has half the storage and no stylus, but a bigger battery and cheaper price.

Though I found the Gstylus open box for very cheap on ebay.
Those phone ls have cdma support right?
 

joeacejr15

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You said that your price was up to $450 for the right phone, and the Samsung Galaxy 9 that I linked is $250 new, with Android 10 -- probably the best phone at that price. What are you really looking for? It has all the bands, great battery, screen, cameras, and Android 10.

So here is what I am getting from all this. Its hard to find a phone on newegg or amazon that will work for 2 of the largest networks in the country because verizon and sprint operate on cdma which is being phased out in favor of LTE, so it's not hard to find a phone at all that will work for verizon and sprint, I just couldn't use 3g, which I dont use anyway. If I get any phone on newegg that has a bunch of LTE bands and says no cdma support, it will still work on Verizon's 4g and future 5g network but not the 3g network which I again dont use anyway. Is this all correct? Or does verizon use cdma for 4g and 5g also?
 

joeacejr15

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Whoever is a MOD can close this forum. If anyone is wondering, I just purchased a refurbished phone on Ebay, it was a Galaxy S10 that I got for around $350 and I just popped the SIM out of my old phone, put it in my new phone, everything works.
 
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