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I've been reading some very conflicting info around the interwebs and it's really making me wish I'd done this research before I bought this phone >_>

Anywho, let's get down to business. I just bought a Samsung Nexus S, the CDMA Sprint version, unlocked. Now, I originally thought that since it's CDMA and unlocked, it should work with Verizon or Virgin Mobile. (Especially the latter, since Virgin uses Sprint's network.) However, I googled and subsequently found a few posts on random forums suggesting that Verizon and Virgin don't allow ESNs from other carriers on their networks, and the only way around this is to do an illegal ESN swap. However, there are some things about this I don't understand, namely, if that's really the case, then how are locked phones able to roam on the other carrier's respective network?

Needless to say I am very confused and annoyed right now. I already attempted to cancel the sale with the eBay seller who sold me the phone, but the response was "lolno, can't be assed to relist, enjoy your phone."

LE BIG QUESTION: What will happen if I attempt to activate this phone under my Verizon or Virgin "switch handset" control panel in my online account? Did I just waste $175? If anyone who has any info/experience on using unlocked CDMA phones on other carriers wants to chime in I'd appreciate it. :3
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It usually all depends on the provider to flash the phone to be able to use for their network and I haven't heard anything about Verizon doing this for anyone. I know Metro PCS offers this service though.
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The short simple answer to your question is, no.

The only CDMA phone that was offered by a CDMA carrier that would work on a different carrier was the original BlackBerry Storm. Which would work only on Verizon but could be used on AT&T if unlocked properly.

Unless your going to use it on Sprint, you wasted your money unless you needed something for music, pictures, etc..
 
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***. :c

Thanks guys.
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You might be able to get it on Boost Mobile. I've seen people get phones working on boost mobile by flashing, but that's your only option.
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You may be able to flash your phone onto boost or metroPCS. I know lots of phones can be flashed to metroPCS and I'm sure considering your phone was one of the most supported last gen there should be some way to do it.

EDIT: Some quick Googling shows that people do have the sprint nexus S on metroPCS so I know it is possible. I would do a little more digging but gotta get some work done.
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