You can't get a nexus 5 or htc m8 GPE on verizon can you?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by gc15, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. gc15 macrumors regular

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    I have been on iPhone since it launched on verizon coming from the 4 and now the 5s. I have been wanting to try out a different phone to just play around with and these two are the only ones I'm interested in and i was just wondering if i could buy them from the google play store and put my verizon sim in them? I have read that you can not since they are not compatible but I am just coming here to make sure. Thank you!!
     
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    That's correct. The only phones you can get on Verizon are ones they actually sell.
     
  3. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    ^This is exactly why I won't switch to Verizon (well, amongst a whole bunch of reasons). Having a carrier on a GSM network makes it much, much easier to switch phones and offers a far greater selection to choose from.
     
  4. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a

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    It's a big reason I switched AWAY from Verizon. If I ever need to go back on a "big" carrier I'm using AT&T.
     
  5. gc15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wish i didn't have to be on verizon, i would prefer to be on at&t; however, even though verizon and at&t both work where i currently live, but when i go home, verizon is the only one that works there. And if barly does that because its not even using verizon's towers, its using a local cdma cell tower. Thats why i stick with iPhone because I'm able to use iMessage even when my service is horrible or if i don't have service at all.
     
  6. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Yup--I left Verizon for AT&T in 2006 after getting fed up waiting for any decent smartphone choices (that right there is funny in itself ;)), don't foresee leaving anytime soon. Helps that I have exceptional AT&T coverage where I live. :D
     
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    Next month my TMobile bill is dropping to $108 for 4 phones. Two are going to be paid so no more payment on my bill, which is only $148 as it is for all four.
    My Daughter wants to get a GS5 so $25 may go back on if she puts nothing down on it and i bought my Nexus 5 outright from the Playstore.

    We are all able to upgrade if we want but my Wife dont care what she uses and i can upgrade her for only $199 from eBay on a brand new phone as i was thinking a Nokia 925 since she has a Windows phone now anyways and if i get another one i can give her mine as well. Hell id like to get the 925 for myself, lol.

    There are many choices. I can also buy another Nexus 5 for her as well. There are cheap options without adding to the bill.

    $108 would be really awesome to stay at for a while.
     
  8. Dmunjal macrumors 65816

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    Why not just get a Microcell from AT&T?
     
  9. scott craft macrumors 6502a

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    The selection of phones is one reason I'm thinking of leaving Verizon for AT&T. I'd love to be able to get a Nexus or a GPE or something like an Oppo, but it's not happening in Verizon.
     
  10. gc15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Even though verizon sims must be used with other verizon phones, but can the verizon iPhone be used with at&t since it is unlocked?
     
  11. tbayrgs macrumors 603

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    Yes, it has the requisite radios to function on AT&T's network, though data will be limited to HSPA.
     
  12. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    Now you see awful the price of CDMA...


    It was a reason, but not the only reason I left Sprint for AT&T.
     

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