Quick Answer: Which Cell Carriers Are GSM?

According to pcmag.com

Sprint Corporation

Verizon Wireless



AT&T Mobility


Is MetroPCS a GSM carriers?

In the United States, T-Mobile and AT&T use GSM while Verizon, US Cellular and Sprint use CDMA. In 2015, MetroPCS shutdown its CDMA network, meaning that only devices using GSM technology would remain compatible with MetroPCS’s service. Your phone must be compatible with the frequencies MetroPCS uses.

Is TracFone a GSM carrier?

All Tracfone cell phones that end with this ‘G’ use the GSM network, which is either T-Mobile or AT&T. GSM phones have been very popular with Tracfone, but recently there has been a wave of Android smartphones for Tracfone and they all use Verizon CDMA service.

Is my phone CDMA or GSM?

Check your phone’s “About” settings.

If you see an MEID or an ESN category, your phone requires CDMA; if you see an IMEI category, your phone is GSM. If you see both (e.g., Verizon phones), your phone supports both CDMA and GSM, and may be either one.

Is 4g LTE CDMA or GSM?

In the U.S., AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM carriers, while Sprint and Verizon are CDMA carriers. Also, swapping phones on GSM networks is easier because GSM-compatible phones use SIM cards. In terms of their relevance to 3G and 4G LTE bands and frequencies, the thing to know is that CDMA and GSM only use 3G technology.

Can I use an unlocked GSM phone on MetroPCS?

You can now bring your unlocked GSM phones to receive MetroPCS service. This is significant because it marks the first time that MetroPCS, which was CDMA-only before the merger, is using T-Mobile’s GSM network. To find out if your phone is compatible, check here: metropcs.com/keepyourphone.

What network is Metro PCS on?

T-Mobile is a major US carrier. Metro PCS operates on a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) this is basically the same as Strighttalk, Tracfone and Cricket. They pay access fees to use Voice, text and data services of the Main carrier. As T-Mobile brought and owns Metro PCS, Metro doesn’t pay them access fees.

What carrier is TracFone?

TracFone is an MVNO that provides service to its customers using the Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile networks.

What is TFW LTE?

TFW means Tracfone Wireless

This text, known as the Carrier Name, shows your wireless carrier’s name. TFW is an abbreviation for Tracfone Wireless. You can see which which Carrier Setting version your phone is using by looking in Settings > General > About.

Is TracFone unlocked?

Most handsets offered for sale by TracFone are locked to TracFone service, and not technically capable of being unlocked. In 2015 TracFone entered into an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding handset unlocking. Customers must request handset unlocking.

Which network is better GSM or CDMA?

First, neither GSM or CDMA is technically better; they ultimately provide the same service and the quality of a network depends on the carrier, not the cellular standard used. Second, GSM phones can be unlocked and switch carriers, whereas CDMA phones are locked to a carrier.


LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a wireless broadband technology for communication of high speed data for mobile phones. The main difference between the technologies is that both CDMA & GSM can support cellular and data, whereas LTE can only support data.

What is a GSM carrier?

In the US, Sprint, Verizon, and US Cellular use CDMA. AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM. Most of the rest of the world uses GSM. The global spread of GSM came about because in 1987, Europe mandated the technology by law, and because GSM comes from an industry consortium.

What GSM unlocked mean?

Is Your Carrier a GSM or CDMA Provider? The first major point to know is that the whole “unlocked” concept applies to Global System for Mobile (GSM) phones. GSM is a worldwide cell standard that ties your phone number and all cell service to a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card, not the phone itself.

How can I tell if my phone is unlocked?



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Can I use my metro pcs SIM card in another phone?

The MetroPCS Activation Process

If you have a phone that’s compatible with MetroPCS, you can put a MetroPCS SIM card into it and activate it online. You can use a phone you previously used with another carrier if it’s compatible with MetroPCS and not locked to your previous carrier.