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    The main obstacle is that it doesn't support...

    The main obstacle is that it doesn't support VoLTE (voice over LTE, which means 4G voice). Since July 1, Verizon has not been activating phones without VoLTE—but they make some exceptions.

    If you...
  2. The Sonim XP5 has a magnetic charging connector...

    The Sonim XP5 has a magnetic charging connector (sort of like the MagSafe connectors on Apple's laptops). Probably some other Sonim phones use it too. The other end of the cable is USB type A, but...
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    Here in the US, we don't really have a name for...

    Here in the US, we don't really have a name for Cricket, MetroPCS, etc. So they are often referred to as MVNOs, which is what they would be if they were separate companies. In Canada, the secondary...
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    No Appalachian or Bluegrass coverage in Kentucky...

    No Appalachian or Bluegrass coverage in Kentucky either.
  5. If Verizon's IMEI checker doesn't approve it, you...

    If Verizon's IMEI checker doesn't approve it, you won't be able to activate it with a new SIM. You may be able to put in an already-activated SIM. But if it doesn't support CDMA or Verizon's...
  6. Just don't plan to renew your one-year plan.

    Just don't plan to renew your one-year plan.
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    I'm pretty sure Verizon has LTE on every tower....

    I'm pretty sure Verizon has LTE on every tower. Sometimes the CDMA reaches a little farther, but Verizon doesn't have any large areas without LTE like AT&T does.
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    Telus has the best coverage in BC, at least in...

    Telus has the best coverage in BC, at least in the rural areas.
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    Yes, it definitely applies to MVNOs too. ...

    Yes, it definitely applies to MVNOs too.



    No, it's not really a marketing thing. It's an effort to reduce the number of active CDMA devices they have to deal with when the sunset date comes...
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    The June 30 deadline is just for new activations...

    The June 30 deadline is just for new activations (or replacement phones). Phones that are already activated should continue to work for another year and a half.

    After the CDMA shutdown (scheduled...
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    If you're on 1x or 3G, an LTEiRA carrier...

    If you're on 1x or 3G, an LTEiRA carrier definitely counts as Extended Network. On LTE, they sometimes show up as Verizon on your phone, but I think that more and more they've been showing up as...
  12. More likely some MVNOs recognize the IMEI as one...

    More likely some MVNOs recognize the IMEI as one they can use and some don't. I don't think any of them are actually SIM locked.
  13. Exactly. My plans are designed to meet the needs...

    Exactly. My plans are designed to meet the needs of the people in my church. I don't advertise them elsewhere. But if they work for someone else, that's fine.
  14. I don't have a website. I cater mostly to...

    I don't have a website. I cater mostly to conservative Mennonites, but I have customers in quite a few different states.

    My standard plan (talk and text only) is $5 per month plus 2¢ per minute or...
  15. It isn't locked to Verizon. So far, none of...

    It isn't locked to Verizon. So far, none of Verizon's LTE devices are locked, except for ones sold for Verizon Prepaid.

    A couple of my customers are successfully running them with Norcell SIM...
  16. Kyocera DuraXV LTE

    Kyocera DuraXV LTE
  17. None of Verizon's phones are truly LTE-only. All...

    None of Verizon's phones are truly LTE-only. All of them have 2G and 2G of one kind or the other. Most of them have GSM/HSPA for international roaming. The ZTE Cymbal (prepaid) and Sonim XP5 have...
  18. There is no way to do it securely. (Someone I...

    There is no way to do it securely. (Someone I know puts in a gibberish APN, which is fairly effective.) But these phones all have WiFi, so blocking the cellular data wouldn't keep people from using...
  19. I don't know what the big MVNOs' situation is....

    I don't know what the big MVNOs' situation is. But I'm a Verizon MVNO, and I have been able to do VoLTE for several months.
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    When people ask me if Sprint is going to shut off...

    When people ask me if Sprint is going to shut off 2G like Verizon, I tell them that Sprint needs to get VoLTE working first. But yesterday I had to add: "But I heard a rumor that they turned it on...
  21. Does any other carrier have more than three flip...

    Does any other carrier have more than three flip phone models available?
  22. Yes, you do. You can't use Hangouts if Verizon...

    Yes, you do. You can't use Hangouts if Verizon won't activate your phone.

    They won't activate it because, a year and a half after the cutoff date, they will be shutting down CDMA and that phone...
  23. I don't think the unlocked version of the G4 Play...

    I don't think the unlocked version of the G4 Play supports Voice over LTE on Verizon. (The prepaid version does, but it's locked to Verizon prepaid, so it won't work on Red Pocket—at least not...
  24. There are places where Verizon has overbuilt...

    There are places where Verizon has overbuilt 2G/3G roaming partners with 4G coverage. One of the more notable is West Virginia and western Maryland, where they roam on US Cellular 2G but have their...
  25. Yes. All Verizon LTE phones use SIM cards. Most...

    Yes. All Verizon LTE phones use SIM cards. Most of them even support GSM roaming. (But not the Sonim XP5.) So now Verizon is the best place to get an unlocked GSM phone!
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