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Is koodo GSM or CDMA carrier?


Need to know for unlocking my phone, this service says its only for GSM carriers

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Koodo operates a GSM network but doesn't have 2G capabilities so the phone you want to use needs to support 3G HSPA 850/1900 Mhz.
Im going to be buying and unlocking the s6 edge from Rogers, the unlock thing says once unlocked it can only work with GSM. All good here?
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It should be
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I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?
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Subaru_Andy wrote:

I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?

It is I'm pretty sure. However WCDMA and CDMA are two different things.
Subaru_Andy wrote:

I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?

What about a flip phone. I have to get 2 new ones and Koodo only has an Alcatel and I want LG. We only use them as phones so no text or internet. Will these work?
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Subaru_Andy wrote:

I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?

Again, as long as it is unlocked and compatible with 3G 850/1900 MHz, it will work.
Subaru_Andy wrote:

I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?

do polaroid phones from wamart work on koodo network

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Subaru_Andy wrote:

I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?

Do you have a model number Brian? As everyone else stated, the phone needs to support the 850/1900 MHz network.
Subaru_Andy wrote:

I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?

Will a Koodo LG G4 work on the Fido network once unlocked?
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Subaru_Andy wrote:

I thought HSPA was based on a WCDMA core network ?

http://willmyphonework.net/
Hello. I just purchased a phone iPhone 6S on ebay. It is unlocked and GSM. Will it work with Koodo?
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It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.
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Techjunkie wrote:

It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.

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Techjunkie wrote:

It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.

you win today Timo!
Techjunkie wrote:

It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N900W8 phone that is locked to Rogers. It seems to be a CDMA phone. Is there anyway to unlock it myself or via purchase of an online code in order for it to be compatible with my current Koodo SIM card? Thanks in advance!
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Techjunkie wrote:

It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.

Rogers uses GSM. It should be fine to work on Koodo if you unlock it.

All Samsung hardware is the same across Canada, and will work with all carriers on 3G and LTE (with the exception of Wind/Freedom, as they use band 66 for LTE).
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Techjunkie wrote:

It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.

There are plenty of 3rd party companies that unlock phones. I've had the best luck with people on eBay, unlocking my phone for as little as $2. Expect to pay from $5-$20. Just look for someone with high ratings. If you can wait until December 1st, unlocking phones will be free.
Techjunkie wrote:

It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.

Question: Is the CAT S60 workable on your network
spec:
2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G Frequencies 850/900/1800/1900 MHz 3G WCDMA/UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ 3G Frequencies 3G 850/AWS/1900 (North American Variant) 4G Bands 2,4,5,7,12,17 (North American Variant)                                        
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Techjunkie wrote:

It should, yes. Unless it's a Verizon or Freedom/Wind model.

@Tony

Koodo Mobile's HSPA networks uses the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz frequencies while their LTE network uses 1700/2100 MHz (AWS).

You can also find it here: (just reference Telus as the carrier)

https://www.frequencycheck.com/compat...

So by the looks of it, it will work but you may have very limited service as it only use one band out of 10. Hope this helps 🙂
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Yes, the CAT S60 (North American variant) should have no issue operating on Koodo's network.

Another helpful resource, https://willmyphonework.net/  offers device network compatibility. Look for Caterpillar then choose the corresponding model number, country and carrier. Koodo is listed.
Thanks guys I see the cat 41s is a better bet. What does it mean if the device does not support LTE protocols
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Tony P H Appelboom wrote:

Thanks guys I see the cat 41s is a better bet. What does it mean if the device does not support L...

Hey Tony, I'm not sure where you're seeing that statement. I'm looking at the specs of the CAT S41 ([i]Americas variant) on the manufacturers site; the network protocols are identical to that of the CAT S60.

https://www.catphones.com/en-ca/?product=cat-s41-smartphone

Side note: Koodo's network operates on bands 5, 2 and 4 respectively, and possibly band 7 for data only. If by chance a device does not support LTE protocols, this would mean that the phone would not be able to access the carriers' LTE radio frequencies. Instead, data may be transmitted/received at 3G or 4G speeds.

Koodo's LTE network uses 1700/2100 MHz (AWS) or Band 4, meaning that the CAT S41 should operate without issue on this band as well as bands 5 & 2.
Tony P H Appelboom wrote:

Thanks guys I see the cat 41s is a better bet. What does it mean if the device does not support L...

Thank you, I found it here:
https://www.frequencycheck.com/carrier-compatibility/PNO0i7/caterpillar-cat-s41-dual-td-lte-a/telus-...

Hence the question re UMTS and LTE protocols

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