Can I Get Cyan without Verizon?


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Aug 5, 2013
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But... since Microsoft(NOK) built Black, you'd have thought they'd have all that and be able to build Cyan.

It's more likely contractual. We know Verizon have to approve all devices. And being CDMA makes them rather unique... Harder for Microsoft to say "50 other companies have approved this, sign here". Hopefully Microsoft's contract also says that Verizon have to approve so many updates they submit, ensuring Verizon provide testing resources.

But... if you don't like Verizon, speak with your wallet. After slamming on Twitter.

Because both Sprint and Verizon use CDMA for their respective 3G/voice networks, Microsoft/Nokia has to make a Cyan build specific for those two carriers. Since T-Mobile and AT&T and other GSM carriers don't have that issue, they can all use the same Cyan build for like models. It is the SIM that ties you to a carrier. That is why all you need to do is swap SIMs and you can use your device on another carrier or in another country.

Eventually, Verizon is going to dismantle its 3G network, sometime in the next 5ish years or so. When that happens, then ALL Verizon devices will be truly unlocked. This benefits not only us consumers, but Verizon as well. It cuts cost on network management and opens the company up to offer more devices; not to mention luring customers from other carriers.


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May 30, 2014
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I think if it were so complex development software would not work with the Icon, the operating system contains necessary drivers for GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, LTE, what the operators is to restrict certain features and append native characteristics of your network. ..

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