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How to get Verizon iPhone 4 to work on Metro PCS network?

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Hello Experts,

I've been searching around trying to find an answer to this.  Can someone please tell me if its possible to convert my Verizon iPhone 4 to work on my Metro PCS line?  The iPhone 4 does not have a sim card or slot and I know it runs on the CDMA network as opposed to the GSM network.  That seems to be the biggest problem right now... But, is there anyway to get around this and make it work?  I heard of people doing the conversion, but then only text and talk works, no data.  Is there any possible way of converting the phone so that everything works on Metro PCS?
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johnsonbrentw,

MetroPCS is in the process of converting over to a GSM system as they complete their merger with Sprint. In some area of the country, they still do use CDMA towers towers running in the same frequency band as Verizon, and in some cases they even use Verizon to provide roaming services. Unfortunately, there are also areas of the country where they run on a different band than Verizon uses - if you are in one of those, you may not be able to get service at all with a formerly Verizon phone. And, by the end of next year their remaining CDMA service will likely go away. You won't be able to use your phone on their GSM service.

To get a phone working on MetroPCS, there are several issues. First, MetroPCS must accept the ESN/MEID of the phone - it must be unlocked by Verizon and not blacklisted for theft, etc., and then accepted by MetroPCS (call them and tell them the ESN/MEID and get them to enter it into their registry of valid phones).

Second, the correct settings must be entered into the phone. You'll probably need to get these from MetroPCS, although you may be able to find them on the web. The good thing about the iPhone is that Apple limits the customization to the OS (Verizon Android phones are typically running a Verizon-customized version of their Android flavor which generally won't run on another network).

This doesn't mean it WILL work, but it is possible.

Cheers,
LHerrou
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Thanks so much.  I will check into these things.
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