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    Default Q10 gsm cdma Same phone?

    Will the Q10's hardware be the same for GSM and CDMA carriers? Like the iPhones for AT&T and Verizon are the same. Will this be the same for Q10 and the Z10?
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    If you mean the CPU, RAM, etc, then yes, it'll be exactly the same between GSM and CDMA variants. This applies to pretty much every phone out there.
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    So if I bought an unlocked Q10, it should work on both GSM and CDMA carriers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaggyM8 View Post
    So if I bought an unlocked Q10, it should work on both GSM and CDMA carriers?
    Unlikely, as usual ( think 9900/9930, 9850/9860, etc )
    The CDMA version use a different chipset ( I think )
    According to BlackBerry Z10 Specs - Specifications for BlackBerry 10 Smartphone - US

    Network & connectivity

    Network bands

    Z10
    Up to 4G LTE
    • Quad band LTE 2, 5, 4, 17 (700/850/1700/1900 MHz)
    • Tri band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6 (850/1900/2100 MHz)
    • Quad band HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, (850/1700/1900/2100 MHz)
    • Quad band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)



    Z10 (4G - Verizon)
    Up to 4G LTE
    • LTE Band-13 (700 MHz)
    • CDMA Cell-band and PCS-band (800/1900 MHz)
    • WCDMA Band-1 and Band-8 (2100/900 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE Quad Bands (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)



    I would expect the same thing for the Q10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Briard View Post
    Unlikely, as usual ( think 9900/9930, 9850/9860, etc )
    The CDMA version use a different chipset
    According to BlackBerry Z10 Specs - Specifications for BlackBerry 10 Smartphone - US

    Network & connectivity

    Network bands

    Z10
    Up to 4G LTE
    • Quad band LTE 2, 5, 4, 17 (700/850/1700/1900 MHz)
    • Tri band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6 (850/1900/2100 MHz)
    • Quad band HSPA+ 1, 2, 4, 5/6, (850/1700/1900/2100 MHz)
    • Quad band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)



    Z10 (4G - Verizon)
    Up to 4G LTE
    • LTE Band-13 (700 MHz)
    • CDMA Cell-band and PCS-band (800/1900 MHz)
    • WCDMA Band-1 and Band-8 (2100/900 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE Quad Bands (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)



    I would expect the same thing for the Q10
    Thank you for that information.
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    Rule of thumb:

    Phones made specifically for GSM will never work on a CDMA network.
    Phones made specifically for CDMA can work on a GSM network if the manufacturer bothered to add the appropriate radio and a SIM slot, and if the carrier didn't purposely disable it. In other words, ymmv. Best to research before buying.

    In recent years, there have been quite a few CDMA phones with SIM slots that can work on GSM networks, i.e. iPhone 5. Still, CDMA users are the minority worldwide, so if you prefer to purchase handsets outright, you'll likely get better deals on GSM-only phones.

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