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First time CDMA phone user, and new forum member :-)


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HI guys.


I should have posted here earlier. But so it goes. Just to say hi. Location: Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA.


I have had a natural tendency to gravitate towards GSM based phones (I grew up in Europe/ Sweden), and I was used to the SIM thing and "open phones".  But I always wanted to try CDMA at some point..on my terms.  Plus, I really wont carry a third phone to monkey with. (In the past Ive had two..one on ATT and one on TMO)....I wanted to get an honest grip of their respective cell site spacing, locations, range, possible dataspeeds...you get the idea,..I used the Android app Cellmapper for mapping the heck out of my county. 


Well, finally a friend gave me his old phone...a Sprint HTC Evo 4G (wimax) phone and this month activated it on Ting so... now I get to see for myself. Signal Checker is just too much fun, just to get me going, and an idea on what the Sprint network looks like. (I can mention that in a past life lol! I was a ham radio guy...perhaps explains a bit of my curiosity..in all things RF..)   


Oh, heres a question too: The Evo/ SignalChecker...indicated  "roam" on MetroPCS network. Does that seem right? ..or was that just an anomaly?  SF North Bay area?

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Sprint has reciprocal roaming agreements with almost every other American CDMA carrier, so wherever a CDMA signal can be 'sniffed' out, Sprint phones get service. Metro is fairly inexpensive for Sprint to use for roaming, so the PRL probably lists Metro's network at a higher priority than Verizon's in your area.

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