Yes, WebOS Doctor
Originally Posted by MikZ
Agree on the first part, unless you want to switch providers because certain providers are superior (i.e. Sprint/VZW have nationwide 3G, AT&T/T-Mobile are missing the majority of the nation -- area wise -- in 3G coverage).
And BTW, I bought my Pre from overseas, because it's ridiculous to have to change mobile providers just to get the 'phone I want. It means I can't just go back down to Sprint or wherever, but it's still the right choice, because when I go overseas I can just buy a local SIM card and sidestep the exorbitant international call charges that mobile providers here charge. Why have Americans put up with this racket for so long? Call your representatives and tell them to get behind mobile telephone interoperability legislation today.
However, note that not all phones can work on all providers. Example: A Sprint/Verizon Pre CANNOT work on AT&T/T-Mobile. Two ENTIRELY different technologies.
Also note that the feds require that the companies that have compatibility (VZW/Sprint and AT&T/T-Mo) allow for usage of their networks by other networks' clients in emergency situations (when you call 911).
Also realize the reasons that GSM phones are locked is that the carrier pays a hefty amount to subsidize the device, but they almost always unlock it if you tell them you are going on an international trip -- although they shouldn't be locked in the first place.
Also realize the reasons that CDMA phones are prohibited from being used on another carrier is because of the way the carriers will activate phones. Sprint/VZW refuse to activate a phone not using an ESN they have on their 'Approved' list because it means they didn't sell it in the first place. This practice should be eliminated, but it does exist. Resellers like Cricket, MetroPCS, Tracfone, etc. will activate phones from both Sprint and Verizon, as well as other companies, but the settings for data and voice are hidden, therefore the companies have to flash the phone for you (or you can pay someone who has done it to do it for you), and I only know of Cricket actually doing this for their customers and for free. There have been SOME instances with people getting their Pres activated on Verizon (talking about the original Pre), but no success stories getting a Plus on Sprint that I know of.