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post #31 of 32 (permalink) Old 2018-06-08, 03:33 PM
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It's built into the phone. Network support is determined by the protocols and frequencies that are supported by the phone's hardware. Network protocols and frequencies can vary significantly by region, country and carrier. Support is also limited by the protocols and bands in use at the time of manufacture. That's compounded by some carriers selling phones that are crippled to work with only their own networks. The situation is improving, especially in high end phones, as more phones are built to work with almost all networks in their intended region. Some phones are called universal but they sometimes won't work with carriers or in countries that use unusually configured networks. When buying unlocked phones, be very careful to buy phones made for the correct region. A phone made for Europe or Asia may not works well or at all in North America.
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post #32 of 32 (permalink) Old 2018-06-08, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Jorgek View Post
Since Bell uses CDMA technology, will the phone work on a GSM network such as Rogers. Or is the ability to work on various networks built into the cell phone?
Bell has not sold a CDMA phone in ages and they are dismantling that network possibly by end of the year, but Bell does not use just CDMA only, they also use 3G HSPA and 4G LTE just like the other big guys (Rogers, Telus)
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