I’ve been going through this post and I have a few questions.
rolandh made it clear that even if/when RW gets the CDMA issue resolved, RW phones would not be able to go back and forth between T-Mobile and Sprint. So even if this issue between RW and CDMA is “temporary,” and will be fixed this month, why is it a big deal (that it would be fixed) when the phones wouldn’t access the Sprint network anyway?
But billg said: I recommend you consult the Sprint and T-Mobile coverage maps to see which carrier works the best for you. The coverage checker results are based on the ZiP code entered. My ZIP returns Sprint coverage but T-Mobile actually works best for me in areas I frequent.
First, how does the coverage map differentiate between Sprint and T-Mobile? Second, if the phones can’t switch back and forth between the two networks, how can a RW subscriber basically choose the better carrier? Isn’t your network determined by the RW phone you get? And third, if Sprint is best for me, how can I be assured I get a phone that connects to Sprint and not TMobile?
The fact that in the phone’s specs it says “CDMA temporarily unavailable,” doesn’t say much because no one knows what that means, assuming they even noticed that. And besides, even if CDMA was available, along with GSM, how would you know which carrier the phone would use since it can’t switch back and forth?
On the Coverage page, it says, “We utilize two of the largest nationwide networks…” But, unless I’m missing something, since the phones can’t “utilize” both T-Mobile and Sprint, isn’t that misleading? You get one or the other.
Regarding that coverage map that billg posted - if the phone you get is 4GLTE 2100 (how would we find out?) and the house icon is white in a specific area, and not green, but it’s green on 4G LTE 1900, does that mean you won’t get a signal inside a home but would have if you have a 4GLTE 1900 phone? Or are all those different 4, 3 and 2G LTE’s bands are bands that phones automatically switch to? So if a 2100 house is “white” it can switch to “green” (house) in one of the other bands automatically?
Sorry about all these questions, but I am considering RW in the event I have to buy a phone and switch carriers and want to fully understand this before I make any decisions.