Motarola ROKR E1 Unlocked???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by doucy2, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. doucy2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    i am thinking about buying this phone but i only want it if it can work with my preexisting sprint pcs

    my question is can i buy one of these phone that is pre unlocked (works with pcs)
    or can i do something to the phone to unlock it for pcs

    any comments would be appreciated
  2. paperinacup macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2005
    Short Answer: No.
    Long: Cingular is GSM Sprint is CDMA. Two completly different technologies so there is no way.
  3. swindmill macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2005
    It would only work on a GSM network with a phone that takes a SIM card
  4. paperinacup macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2005
    Dude ONLY sprint phones work on sprints network period.
  5. dpclark macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2004
    Sunny Yorkshire - UK
    Got mine from the carphone warehouse in the UK on a contract with 02 - but CPW have done their usual and so mine is completly unlocked - have tried several other networks with it so far!!!! so in the uk - no worries!!!
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I believe in the UK all the cell/mobile phone networks use GSM. In the US, there are a few different technologies and radio frequencies in use that require different phones.
  7. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    what does verizon use is there any wyay i can use an unlocked rokr with verizon??
  8. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Oneida, NY
    Nope. I wish there was a way to use any decent phone on Verizon. Heh.
  9. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    CRAP o well perhaps i'll get a go phone( my grandmom has been talking about getting a cell phone) so she would haev my phone(its new) andn i would get rokr

    can you get rokr on cingulars pay as you go? and have any other phone companies(US) got ROKR cuz in the Uk i heard virgin moble got ROKR
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I was at Cingular today getting my phone fixed (or not fixed because they tend to be too dumb to understand how to fix things) and tried the ROKR. It was ok, but nothing too wonderful. The middle navi button is odd and feels like it will break easily. However, I did ask them if we can use it as a pre-pay phone and they said nope.
  11. IndyGopher macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    Might want to double check that... the salesperson you spoke to might be misinformed. I can't believe it would make a difference what area you are in. On the kiosk in-store, it very prominently has the standard price tag (ie, 2-year contract price, 1-year contract price, and Go-Phone, no-contract price) The no-contract/Go Phone price at the local Cingular is $349. If they really will not let you use it as a pre-pay, I would like to hear why not.
  12. KittenKrusher macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2005
    I would wait to maybe another phone comes to the market with iTunes. I doubt it, but you never know. I have used the ROKR and in my opinion it isn't big of a deal. The one I used was slow in response time... press a button and 3-4 seconds later the phone responded. Also, if you already got an iPod or any sort, especially a Shuffle... isn't it pretty much useless?

    I just think they could have made a better phone, maybe if Apple actually designed it.
  13. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    No, it wouldn't.

    Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless use a technology called 'CDMA' to connect to their cell systems. These phones are provider-locked to their phone numbers; meaning if you want to change telephones, you need to tell your provider, provide the serial number off the back of the phone, and THEN your new phone switches to your phone number. It also means that Sprint and Verizon will refuse to 'activate' a phone that was sold for the other's network.

    Cingular (the only official seller of the ROKR,) and T-Mobile use the 'GSM' technology. These phones are SIM-based. It means that you cell phone number is coded into a small 'SIM' chip that you insert in your phone. This is what tells the phone what your phone number is. To switch phones, you just move your SIM chip to the new phone. Most phones sold in stores are provider-locked, meaning a Cingular phone won't accept a T-Mobile SIM and vice versa. But some phones can be 'unlocked' so that any GSM company's SIM will work in it. (That's what the eBay auction is for.)

    CDMA and GSM are 100% incompatible. There is absolutely, positively, no way to get a CDMA phone to work with a GSM provider or vice versa. Even an unlocked GSM phone will still only work with GSM providers. So until Sprint switches to GSM (unlikely,) or Motorola releases the ROKR for CDMA networks (also unlikely,) Sprint customers are out of luck.

    (Motorola does make phones for both GSM and CDMA, including some that are near-identical. But they seem to save their good phones solely for GSM network providers. And they seem to give the 'good' GSM phones to Cingular first.)
  14. 0s and 1s macrumors 6502a

    0s and 1s

    Mar 7, 2004
    OK, USA
    People are actually buying this trash? Why? Please don't encourage Moto into thinking that they released a superior product!

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