Is Republic Wireless a GSM carrier?

#1

Trying to upgrade phone and bringing my own, just want to make sure I have all the details covered. Also wondering how important the build number is to match.

#2

Hello @kellib.r1u3tq

bringing my own, just want to make sure I have all the details covered.

in this case it is a GSM network based on T-Mobiles network Coverage Check | Republic Wireless

Also wondering how important the build number is to match.

these are very important (when listed in the link below) in they don’t match then the Republic app will not let you activate the SIM

Bring_Your_Own_Phone_FAQs

  • Moto G4 (XT1625)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Hardware information → SKU)
  • Moto G4 PLAY (XT1607)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Hardware information → SKU)
  • Moto G4 PLUS (XT1644)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Hardware information → SKU)
  • Moto X Pure Edition (XT1575)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Hardware information → SKU)
  • Moto Z (XT1650-03)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Hardware information → SKU)
  • Moto Z Play (XT1635-02)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Hardware information → SKU)
  • Nexus 5X by LG (LGH790)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Regulatory information → Model)
  • Nexus 6 by Motorola (XT1103)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Regulatory information → Model)
  • Nexus 6P by Huawei (H1511)
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Regulatory information → Model)
  • Pixel by Google (G-2PW4100) *See more info below
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Regulatory labels → Model number)
  • Pixel XL by Google (G-2PW2100) *See more info below
    • (Apps → Settings → About phone → Regulatory labels → Model number)
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) (SM-J320A) See more info below*
    **
    • (Apps → Settings → About device → Model number)
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920T) *See more info below
    • (Apps → Settings → About device → Model number)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U)
    • (Apps → Settings → About device → Model number)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G935U)
    • (Apps → Settings → About device → Model number)

*For the Pixel, Pixel XL, Samsung Galaxy J3 and S6 phones only: In addition to matching the model number, you also need to match the build number. This additional step ensures that you’re receiving a Republic certified phone, meaning it’s been thoroughly tested by our engineers and has received updated quality improvements.

Some J3 phones have an older build number and can be updated to the build number listed below, so please make sure your J3 has all of its updates before checking the build number. To find the build number, tap Apps → Settings → About device → Build number. The build number must match one of the following:

For Pixel and Pixel XL

  • NMF26U
  • NMF26Q
  • NMF26O
  • NDE63X
  • NDE63V
  • NDE63P
  • NDE63N
  • NDE63L
    For Samsung Galaxy J3 (the AT&T branded version of this phone is not compatible with our service)
  • MMB29K.J320AUES2APJ2
  • MMB29K.J320AUEU1APE9
    For Samsung Galaxy S6 (the T-Mobile branded version of this phone is not compatible with our service)
  • MMB29K.G920TUES5DPK1
  • MMB29K.G920TUES5DPI2
  • MMB29K.G920TUES4DPH2
  • MMB29K.G920TUEU4DPG2
  • MMB29K.G920TUES4DPF1
  • MMB29K.G920TUEU3DPD6
#3

In addition to the correct answer given you by @drm186 it is important to understand that not all unlocked phones work on both GSM and CDMA. RW has instituted a “soft launch” which finds some customers who upgrade their phones to most (but not all) of the models that support both CDMA and GSM receiving phones configured for CDMA, Hopefully in the future RW’s Phones section and ordering process will make it clear which phones work with both technologies, associate coverage maps with with phones, and let the customer choose CDMA or GSM.

As I understand it if you live in an area that doesn’t have T-Mobile coverage, and if you order a phone that will work on CDMA, and if you are an existing customer upgrading a phone, and if the planets are properly aligned you will get a CDMA phone even if next week you will be moving somewhere that only has GSM coverage.

#4

as he trying to upgraded by Bring his own device the phone will be GSM (only phone orders from republic may be selected as CDMA at this time)

#5

Good point. Also, I wouldn’t recommend anyone buy a compatible phone anywhere that doesn’t have both CDMA and GSM capabilities. With that in mind I found it disappointng that RW presently doesn’t configure my unlocked S7 to work with Sprint but Sprint does.

#6

at least there hope it will be added a at a latter date (they did say it was a limited type of phones for soft launch so it may still happen at the full launch

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