If it's an HSPA device, it will work. (This is based on older handsets. It may have changed but I doubt it.)
This probably been asked before, but I am planning to get the no contract version at virgin ($499 compare to $549 for bell). Will that work on bell or do I have to unlock it?
Any Virgin HSPA device should work on Bell and vice versa without unlocking. I've heard that Bell and Virgin SIM cards are exactly the same aside from the branding that appears from the packaging, therefore the phone can't really tell the difference.
B407: I once tried a Bell SIM in a Virgin Samsung Impact and a Virgin SIM in a Bell Samsung Gravity Touch and do recall having one of the phones ask for an unlock code.
Unfortunately this was months ago and I can't remember which combination didn't work. Both phones are now unlocked so I'd have a hard time reproducing.
Skinnyboyslim: You didn't say which phone you were looking at buying, but you should still be ahead money-wise even with an unlocking.
Presidents Choice mobile phones use to work on Bell
as a matter of fact, if you took an old deactivated PC mobile phone and activated it on Bell, you got $30 free credit !
The prices for the phone haven't been confirmed publicly yet. If you call or visit either Bell or Virgin, they will only tell you that the phone hasn't been launched yet and there is no pricing.
Having said that, I have a friend that works for "the Source" and he checked his computer today for the pricing of the HTC Sensation on both Bell and Virgin and they came up the same, $549.99.
I'm hoping that the Virgin pricing is going to be $499.99 as well as I plan on picking one up on launch for the no contract pricing.
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