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User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 19
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1492 times:

Hi,

Does anyone know whether it's possible to use a Virgin Mobile USA SIM card in a non Virgin "unlocked" phone ? In the UK I can use my Orange SIM card in my unlocked o2 phone, but on the Virgin Mobile USA website it says you can't use their SIM card's in any other type of phone ?

When I go back to the USA in the new year I want to take my UK handset and use a Virgin Mobile SIM in it. My UK phone is quad band (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz) and as far as I can see Virgin Mobile USA use 850 Mhz so I don't see why it wouldn't work but just wondered if anyone's tried it... I used to use a cingular SIM card and it worked fine but if anyone's got any clue then I'd appreciate it as my knowledge of US cell phones & networks is pretty much zero !

JC


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User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6594 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1483 times:
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Quoting LHRjc (Thread starter):
Virgin Mobile USA use 850 Mhz

Virgin Mobile is a "brand" of Sprint (?) or Verizon (?) - either or.. arent they CDMA networks?



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Virgin Mobile is GSM in the USA. They use the T-Mobile network.

Yes, you can use a Virgin USA SIM in an unlocked phone, as long as the unlocked phone is a dual band GSM phone.


User currently offlineMt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6594 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1469 times:
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Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 2):
Virgin Mobile is GSM in the USA. They use the T-Mobile network.

Nope.. Virgin Mobile USA uses Sprint's CDMA's network

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Mobile

http://www.phonecontent.com/bm/news/games/494-1.shtml



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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3069 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Virgin Mobile,at least on the West Coast,
says Sprint CDMA network right on the package.
I'm not aware of Virgin having a dual network
system.



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1469 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 2):
Virgin Mobile is GSM in the USA. They use the T-Mobile network.

Actually they piggyback on Sprint's PCS network. The only MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) that uses T-Mobile's network in the US is TracPhone, and that depends on what part of the country the user is in. Most MVNOs use either Sprint's or Cingular's network.


User currently offlineAdopim88 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 2007 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

Quote:
Telecommunications Services
Telecommunications services are provided by Virgin Mobile USA, LLC using the Sprint Nationwide PCS® Network exclusively through Virgin Mobile phones purchased from Virgin Mobile or an authorized retailer. You cannot use our service with any other phone, device or on any other network. Airtime is for domestic and international calling from the United States and related services as contemplated by these terms. Virgin Mobile phones and phone numbers may not be used as a pager or voicemail-only service, and Virgin Mobile may terminate any account if usage is limited to pager or voicemail retrieval service.

Service is only available in geographic areas covered by the digital service network footprint of our service partners, Sprint and its affiliates. Local phone numbers may not be available in certain affiliate markets.



http://www.virginmobileusa.com/about/termsAndConditions.do

Found this on their site. I used to use Virgin Mobile about a year ago. I thought it was a waste of money for me, but it could be good for teens... once their out of money on their phone they're out, no more texts or calls until they can "Top-up" again. Maybe that's just my opinion.



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12250 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1408 times:
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Quoting Adopim88 (Reply 6):
I used to use Virgin Mobile about a year ago. I thought it was a waste of money for me, but it could be good for teens... once their out of money on their phone they're out, no more texts or calls until they can "Top-up" again. Maybe that's just my opinion.

Virgin Mobile was a waste. Hell, you didn't even have coverage in Apple Valley...

For teens, I recommend T-Mobil To Go. Prepaid, but with a real phone, and real network.



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