If a phone is “unlocked” what does it mean?

Question by Keiley: If a is “” what does it ?
I have Verizon and really want the Blackberry Torch, which currently only works on AT&T’s network, but when i searched it on eBay one of the options was titled: Brand New RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 3G Unlocked AT&T, so I’m wondering if the “unlocked” means I can use it for Verizon? I know some phones are capable of that…

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Answer by Sulli
Unlocked means that you can use it on any GSM carrier suck as At&t or T-mobile because they have Sim cards. however the 3g will not work on the Blackberry because they use different 3g bands. Due to Verizon being a CDMA Carrier, unfortunately you cannot use it on Verizon.

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2 Responses to “If a phone is “unlocked” what does it mean?”

  1. joe.attaboy July 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    No, you can’t. “Unlocked” is a term for GSM phones that means the device’s SIM circuit is unlocked for use with any carrier SIM card.

    Verizon and Sprint are CDMA networks that use CDMA phones. The require activation by the carrier and do not use SIM cards (AT&T and T-Mobile are SIM-based GSM carriers).

    The two kinds of phones are not compatible with each other or their carrier’s networks.

  2. evilattorney July 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    You cannot. Verizon is a CDMA network that will not activate any phone that’s not Verizon-branded. An unlocked phone is a GSM phone.

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