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how can I check if an older phone will work on the Koodo network if it does not have an IMEI number or a sim card
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Ivan, Mobile Master

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If it's not from Koodo originally, then it will not work. And in any case, Telus will be shutting down its CDMA network soon so even Koodo branded CDMA phones won't work anymore.
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I currently have an LG banter. Slide out keypad is nice as I have big hands and don't like touchscreens. Phone is bulletproof and will send a text from a bomb shelter with no signal bars showing. Looking to find another as mine is getting beat up. Should I be looking for something newer? What would you recommend? The full QWERTY key pad is a must.
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If you can find an unlocked phone that has a qwerty keyboard, you can try it on Koodo's network, otherwise your own options are either Blackberry or touchscreens.
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looking at the LG Mach and Motorola Photon Q. Availability is the question. The Motorola is a sprint phone in the U.S. Not sure about the LG
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Sprint phones (with the exception of iPhones 4S and above), will not work on Koodo, as Sprint is a CDMA carrier. Same goes with Verizon phones and any MVNO operating on their networks.

If you're interested in QWERTY phones that aren't BlackBerry, Nokia has quite a few choices (E71, E72, certain Asha models). Whatever the phone of your choice is, make sure it has both 850 and 1900 3G frequency bands (sometimes listed as UMTS, WCDMA, or HSPA) and that it is unlocked.

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