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Does either Tracfone or Virgin Mobile sell phone

by emma162 / April 2, 2013 8:51 AM PDT

I have both a Tracfone and a Virgin Mobile prepaid phones. I had Verizon but it I did not get good reception where I live. I do most of my work at home and needed reliable service. I get that great reception with both Tracfone and Vmobile. However, I sometime must travel into an area where nothing will work except Verizon. I, of course, get very little or no service at all. What can I do? Does either of these carriers sell a phone that will work in a Verizon service area. I've read that G at the end of the model @ means it is a ATT network and that C means Verizon??? What does that mean... Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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G=GSM; C=CDMA
by Pepe7 / April 3, 2013 12:50 AM PDT

Those are the two different network technologies used by the U.S. carriers (essentially). T-Mobile & ATT are GSM/UMTS/HSPA+/LTE carriers, while Sprint, Verizon are using CDMA/EVDO/LTE. Virgin Mobile is only using CDMA technology AFAIK, and they are on Sprint's network. You might find some helpful info in the following thread:

http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2011/12/how-to-get-tracfone-net10-or-straight.html

It doesn't sound like you have a choice except going with the carrier that works best where you need it at all times. If that requires two prepaid phones, then that's what you apparently may need to keep doing.

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Thanks for that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2013 12:52 AM PDT
In reply to: G=GSM; C=CDMA

My thoughts exactly on having 2 phones.

Just last week I encountered a person pretty new to all this and they were fuming that "after all these years they should have fixed this."
Bob

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Thank You
by emma162 / April 3, 2013 9:26 AM PDT
In reply to: G=GSM; C=CDMA

Thank You Pepe7. This was very helpful. I now understand what I must do. The link you provided gave me the exact answer I need to truly understand what you were saying to me.

As someone else said.....and my thoughts exactly, but I will go a step further. After all these years and all the advances in technology there should not be any dead zones/spots anywhere in these United States. Thank you again for taking the time to answer my question.

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