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With the announcement of the Verizon iPhone, we felt bad for our Sprint bretheren, who've been left out of the party. So we wondered if the CDMA phone could be taken over, much like how many jailbroken iPhones have found homes on T-Mobile. After a bit of research, we discovered the truth, which may make some Sprint customers consider the switch.
According to a Sprint sales chat, the iPhone (or any CDMA device from another carrier like Verizon) will not work on the Sprint network due to slight differences in the way the CDMA networks are set up.
When we asked about putting a Verizon CDMA device on the Sprint network, the salesperson said, "Sprint devices use our all digital Sprint PCS and Nextel iDEN networks. Unfortunately, devices from other carriers are not compatible and would not function on our network."
When questioned again (just to make sure), another salesperson stated, "No, you can not use any other service provider's phone with Sprint."
So, unless someone can figure out the differences from the Sprint PCS network and Verizon's, we may be unable to see an iPhone be placed on the Sprint network with a simple unlock or jailbreak app.
Of course, now would be the perfect time to start the Sprint iPhone rumor. Any takers?
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