Just signed up for prepaid - HTC Sensation 4G not finding network

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I bought a prepaid Koodo SIM card, put it in my unlocked non-Koodo HTC Sensation 4G, and went through the prepaid activation without any issues; however, while it accepted the IMEI, at no point did it offer to send a text to my phone or do any other kind of phone confirmation/setup, and now that I've activated the prepaid SIM, my phone is not finding or recognizing the Koodo network.

On the phone, the network mode is set to GSM / WSDMA. When I search for network operators, Koodo does not appear on the list.

According to the coverage map, I am well within 4G HSPA range, not anywhere near a dead zone, and I've never had trouble connecting to networks at this location.

And yes, I restarted the phone.

Do I just have to wait? I found it surprising that during the activation process there was no mention of how to activate my phone, or whether there would be a delay.

Thanks!
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Posted 4 years ago

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Unless you have the Canadian version of this phone (bell), it isn't compatible with koodo
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Where did you get your HTC from?

According to this, if you have a T-mobile version of the phone it wont work with Koodo. You will need the Bell version of this phone to work on Bell/Virgin/Telus/Koodo

http://www.gsmarena.com/htc_sensation...
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@dennis, I did the same thing!
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Well, that would be disappointing. Why would the US version not work? Do they not use the same frequencies?
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Unfortunately they do not
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BTW...although I DID search before posting, I searched a bit more after and found a post indicating that prepaid services can take a few hours to activate. So perhaps I just have to wait (and hope that my phone is compatible).
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Ugh. I do have the T-Mobile version. Ah man. :-(
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If you have a staples nearby they are selling three different acer dual core androids under 200$ unlocked.
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Okay, despite what I said before, you got me thinking. I see the Moto G at Virgin and Telus for $150 prepaid. Would there be much trouble unlocking those and using them on any network in Canada?
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Cellunlocker.net 5$
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But all of those carriers may make you activate a prepaid line to buy the phone
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Okay, excellent. I'll look into it. Again, thanks!
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Thanks for the speedy response, guys! Much appreciated to get it figured out right away, although the news is bad. I'll have to try another phone. That Moto G definitely looks nice, but sadly I'm not in the market for a $200 phone right now.
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Don't forget Kijiji too
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Just make sure to check the phone isnt reported stolen.
http://www.protectyourdata.ca/check-t...

And do it in a safe public location. I was attacked and mugged during a kijiji cell phone transaction
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True. Thanks for the help! :)
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Geez - woah! I have heard stories about Kijiji transactions gone bad. :-\
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Ooh yeah forgot about that. Be careful

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