I spend a lot of time in a few different zip codes, 47203, 47274, 47454. I currently have RW 2.0 plan with CDMA carrier and use moto x 2nd gen. The coverage is good in 47203, but is lacking in some areas around 47274 and is roaming with poor/no data almost always in 47454.
Per RW coverage checker, 47203 would result in GSM carrier. Both 47274 and 47454 would result in CDMA carrier. I would very much like to try the GSM carrier as I expect the coverage could be similar to CDMA in the areas I frequent and where I get good coverage, the GSM carrier should provide faster data speeds.
I just ordered Samsung S7 from RW based on 47274 (CDMA) AND a sim card kit with the intent to do the following:
- Receive order and immediately swap the CDMA sim card in the S7 with the GSM sim card I ordered (never activating the CDMA card on my end)
- Activate the S7 with GSM card
- Within a couple of days, travel to each of the zip codes I frequent and compare my experience in coverage before with coverage on GSM carrier
- IF my general experience across the zip codes on GSM is worse than my experience with CDMA provider then I will deactivate GSM sim card, reinstall CDMA sim card, and active phone with CDMA sim card and proceed forward without ever using the GSM card again.
The question: Can I follow this plan, particularly the part about activating the never-used CDMA card if I had to?
I have read a lot on the forums here and the topic has had some excellent Q&A, but I didn’t feel like I understood enough from the huge flurry of information to answer this very specific question. (As a note… the information by SouthPaw@rw here is extremely helpful, but I still didn’t feel like it answered my question: https://community.republicwireless.com/thread/65894-republic-wireless-coverage-update-and-cdma-availability?messageTarget=all&start=175&mode=comments#comment-518390 )
Some have said that once you de-activate CDMA, you cannot re-use that sim card, BUT I do not intend to activate the CDMA card at all unless GSM does not work out.