My blackberry 8330 is dead and I am looking for a new one. I was reading my Verizon user agreement and it states and compatible phone can be activated on my account.
So does anyone know if the sprint CDMA phones will work on the verizon network?
I have been looking at the altell and sprint 8330s on e-bay. They both offer color options that verizon doesn't and are generally cheaper.
Just because they are both CDMA doesnt mean one company will let the other authenticate it on the others network.
Sprint, Telus, Verizon etc doesnt matter there OS work interchangeably. You just have to erase the vendor.xl file. So what I am saying is the software makes no difference who's network its on. The phone would have to be unlocked to work.
XtremeBerry is right about the software on the phone and the non-vzw device being authenticated on the network. Further more, Verizon has a specific list of ESNs in their database for all the devices VZW can activate. If a device is not in the database, as a Sprint device would not be, then it cannot be activated by Verizon at all.
At this point in time it's something that only works in theory, but Verizon will simply not allow it.
Here is the phone section from the user agreement. It only says any device.
Your Wireless Phone
Your wireless phone is any device you use to receive our wireless voice or data service. It must comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations and be compatible with our network and your Plan. Whether you buy your wireless phone from us or someone else is entirely your choice. At times we may change your wireless phone's software, applications or programming remotely and without notice. This could affect data you've stored on, the way you've programmed or the way you use your wireless phone. If you purchased a wireless phone (other than a "global phone") from Verizon Wireless for use with a plan with a minimum term and want to reprogram your phone for use with another wireless carrier network, the default service programming code is set to "000000" or "123456." Verizon Wireless in no way guarantees that your Verizon Wireless phone will be capable of being reprogrammed for use with another wireless carrier network after the service programming code is entered, or that another wireless carrier will accept your device for use on its network.
"It must comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations and be compatible with our network and your Plan.Whether you buy your wireless phone from us or someone else is entirely your choice."
You assume too much from this sentence. This only implies that it's possible to activate a non-vzw CDMA device. It doesn't imply that they're required to or will allow you to at all. As I said, it's at Verizon's sole discretion to activate a non-vzw device. So it's not contractually binding.