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Maddog5150
05-09-2010, 1:51 PM
I need a new phone and I like the motorola droid. Unfortunately only Verizon has it and they are way more expensive. Can I buy one that is unlocked and use it with any other network?

Scratch705
05-09-2010, 2:02 PM
the droid is CDMA only, ie stuck to verizon's service network. it won't work even when unlocked?

if anything, you should get the droid's international version "Milestone" same phone, just not dumbed down for verizon. and has GSM support

http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/XW-EN/Consumer-Products-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/Motorola-MILESTONE-XW-EN

FreedomIsNotFree
05-09-2010, 2:41 PM
the droid is CDMA only, ie stuck to verizon's service network. it won't work even when unlocked?

if anything, you should get the droid's international version "Milestone" same phone, just not dumbed down for verizon. and has GSM support

http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/XW-EN/Consumer-Products-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/Motorola-MILESTONE-XW-EN

Sprint also uses CDMA technology for both voice and data...the Droid can be activated on their network, but there may be some issues with some features such as SMS working correctly. CDMA phones are inherently unlocked. They can be activated on any CDMA network that allows the MEID/ESN.

And out of curiosity, just how has the Droid been "dumb downed" for Verizon?

Ricky-Ray
05-09-2010, 3:58 PM
Correct. Verizon is CDMA technology so the only other carrier you would be able to go to is Sprint or maybe Metro PCS. If you phone uses a SIM card then your choices would basically be T-Mobile or AT&T.

lazyworm
05-09-2010, 4:58 PM
I need a new phone and I like the motorola droid. Unfortunately only Verizon has it and they are way more expensive. Can I buy one that is unlocked and use it with any other network?

$19.99 on wirefly.com

FreedomIsNotFree
05-09-2010, 7:03 PM
$19.99 on wirefly.com

That would be with a 2 year contract with Verizon, which the OP stated he did not want.

JDay
05-09-2010, 10:20 PM
$449.99 for a brand new, unlocked GSM/CDMA Motorola Droid.

http://www.integrontech.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MOT-MILESTONE&click=2

Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100MHz
Compatibility: Works on all GSM networks!
Condition: Brand new! Factory Unlocked!

FreedomIsNotFree
05-10-2010, 10:49 PM
$449.99 for a brand new, unlocked GSM/CDMA Motorola Droid.

http://www.integrontech.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MOT-MILESTONE&click=2

Just to clarify, there are two versions of the Milestone. One for North/South America and one for Europe and Asia. Neither will connect to CDMA (VZW/Sprint) for voice or data. They are only for GSM carriers and I believe only AT&T will provide 3G or H coverage.

JDay
05-11-2010, 2:59 AM
Just to clarify, there are two versions of the Milestone. One for North/South America and one for Europe and Asia. Neither will connect to CDMA (VZW/Sprint) for voice or data. They are only for GSM carriers and I believe only AT&T will provide 3G or H coverage.

The WCDMA 900/2100 is for UMTS.

# Band I (W-CDMA 2100) in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia (all carriers' metropolitan networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1) and Brazil (part of ITU Region 2)

# Band VIII (W-CDMA 900) in Europe, Asia, Australia (Optus and Vodafone regional/country 3G networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1 and ITU Region 3), and Venezuela (Corporación Digitel, C.A.)