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    diggerdoo
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    This is my first post and I hope I can find the answer I need. I have used the search button for my question, but haven't been successful. Hope someone can help!

    My son got a new Samsung A737 at the end of May. While working at UPS it got wet and does not work now. I understand I can purchase a phone from Walmart or Target and use his SIM card. Our problem is we can't find what phones use the SIM card. I know A T & T and T- Mobile, but if there are others that are cheaper we wouldn't mind checking them out.

    Can anyone help with a list or tell me where to look for one?

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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    See here for a complete list: List of US GSM Carriers
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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by tavenger5 View Post
    • AT&T
    • T-Mobile
    • Alltel (now owned by Verizon)


    Are the 3 biggest GSM carriers. There are several other small companies out there that all use/rent the same GSM towers.
    Alltel is not a GSM carrier. A very small portion of their network was GSM. I believe years ago they bought it from Western Wireless, but it's a virtually insignificant part of their network that was used only for roaming. And with the buyout I am not sure how much of that portion of the network is now owned by VZW or whether AT&T will grab that portion.



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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    TracFone also has a GSM network which operates on the AT&T national network.

    The only issue is that TracFone uses both CDMA and GSM devices. CDMA devices do not have SIM Cards and operate on Verizon's network and GSM has SIM cards and operates on AT&T's network. TracFone does not advertise which is which. The only way you really know is if you open the phone's back and see if there's a SIM. I believe if you purchase at Wal-Mart, they will honor an exchange if you get the wrong one.

    TracFone devices are the cheapest available...nearly. Remember, the device may need to be "unlocked" to operate with your SIM Card you already have. Seek a professional for this process.

    Here's a suggestion, go to this page and view all of the TracFone devices. Click on them and under accessories if it says "SIM Card included" then it is GSM. TRACFONE Nationwide Prepaid Wireless - PHONES May require ZIPCODE before proceeding.

    Then go to this WalMart.com page to see if they carry the phone you like!
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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    I have a CDMA phone on the Verizon Wireless network and it has a SIM card. So with that said your statement, [ICDMA devices do not have SIM Cards and operate on Verizon's network and GSM has SIM cards and operates on AT&T's network. ][/I], is not 100% accurate. Most of Verizon's phone DO NOT have SIM Cards but the BlackBerry Storm does have a SIM Card and is a QUALCOMM 3G CDMA Phone.



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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    Verizon Wireless phones do not have SIM Cards. That statement does currently hold true.

    Yes, certain devices have SIM Cards...but they DO NOT work while in the United States. You could take the SIM Card out and be good to go while in the United States.

    Try taking the SIM out of a GSM (AT&T) carrier and see what happens.


    Quote Originally Posted by brad_rach07 View Post
    I have a CDMA phone on the Verizon Wireless network and it has a SIM card. So with that said your statement, [ICDMA devices do not have SIM Cards and operate on Verizon's network and GSM has SIM cards and operates on AT&T's network. ][/I], is not 100% accurate. Most of Verizon's phone DO NOT have SIM Cards but the BlackBerry Storm does have a SIM Card and is a QUALCOMM 3G CDMA Phone.
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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    Quote Originally Posted by nicknrm View Post
    Yes, certain devices have SIM Cards...but they DO NOT work while in the United States. You could take the SIM Card out and be good to go while in the United States.
    Not entirely true. If you unlock the Storm/Tour, you can use them in the US on any GSM network.



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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    Ok, I took the SIM Card out of my Verizon BlackBerry Storm and the phone did nothing once powered up. I reinstalled the SIM Card and it did what it was suppose to have done, display all my applications and allowed me to make phone calls and send and receive emails/text messages. I found out that the BlackBerry Storm is the only Verizon Wireless phone that has a SIM Card.

    Thanks but My original statement remains TRUE..........



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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    Here is a list of devices that have a SIM Card with Verizon Wireless. Like I said, the SIM Card remains inactive in the US.

    Blackberry Tour
    HTC Ozone
    Blackberry 8830 World Edition
    Blackberry Storm
    Samsung Renown
    Verizon Wireless USB 1000 World Modem
    Samsung Saga

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad_rach07 View Post
    Ok, I took the SIM Card out of my Verizon BlackBerry Storm and the phone did nothing once powered up. I reinstalled the SIM Card and it did what it was suppose to have done, display all my applications and allowed me to make phone calls and send and receive emails/text messages. I found out that the BlackBerry Storm is the only Verizon Wireless phone that has a SIM Card.

    Thanks but My original statement remains TRUE..........
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    Re: List of GSM phone carriers

    To specify: They DO NOT work (the SIM really isn't used) while a Verizon Wireless customer in the United States. The SIM Card in NO WAY links to the Verizon Wireless network.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aurakles View Post
    Not entirely true. If you unlock the Storm/Tour, you can use them in the US on any GSM network.
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