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A note about Virgin Mobile, Telus, Bell, and other CDMA phones
September 11, 2007
12:19 pm
Peter
BC
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None of them will work with 7-Eleven SIM cards, because they are CDMA phones, not GSM phones. I don't want to stop any such phone sales, so don't take this as a negative comment... it's more of an... informational note.

July 23, 2008
9:11 am
Matt
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I have a motorola i730 that is an old telus #
It has a sim card, if unlocked will this phone work?

July 23, 2008
9:36 am
Big Ang
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That Motorola sounds like it's on the Mike network. I doubt it would work.

July 23, 2008
9:43 am
Matt
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I believe it was mike through a company called clearnet. How does that affect it's ability to recognise a foriegn SIM when unlocked?
Thanks for your reply.

July 24, 2008
5:18 am
Big Ang
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I did a quick search.

The Motorola i730 is an iDEN phone and only works on the iDEN networks like the Telus (formerly Clearnet) Mike network or Nextel in the US. Bell might have an IDEN network as well, but I'm not sure.

It's not GSM and even though I know very little about iDEN networks, I doubt an iDEN phone will work on a GSM network, regardless of whether or not it uses a SIM.

July 26, 2008
3:37 pm
Matt
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Thanks, saved me some $$$ and aggravation.

February 9, 2009
11:32 am
paul
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I have a motorola tracfone from the US. (prepaid wireless network with a lot of flexibility but insane rates). It is called a motorola C139 GSM phone. In the phone I can select 850/1900 MHz. I guess if it is GSM, it should work even though it is foreign?

February 9, 2009
4:57 pm
iamdrumming
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paul said:

I have a motorola tracfone from the US. (prepaid wireless network with a lot of flexibility but insane rates). It is called a motorola C139 GSM phone. In the phone I can select 850/1900 MHz. I guess if it is GSM, it should work even though it is foreign?


Tracfones do not work with Speak Out sims. Tracfone's firmware is hardwired, and they can not be unlocked.