Turn my Q into a Curve
October 29, 2008 10:53 AM   Subscribe

I've got an aging Motorola Q on Verizon. Someone just gave me a Blackberry Curve that was on ATT. How can I use the Curve?

I want to stay on Verizon. I thought I could just drop in the SIM from my Q. But, I don't see a SIM card behind the battery. The Curve has one though. What's the best way to get this curve working on Verizon's network? Thanks for your help.
posted by trbrts to Technology (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't think you can.
AT&T and Verizon use different technologies to run their networks.
And Verizon definitely doesn't have phones with removable SIM cards.
posted by jozxyqk at 11:00 AM on October 29, 2008

The two carriers are not compatible.
posted by kidbritish at 11:06 AM on October 29, 2008

Response by poster: LAME!
posted by trbrts at 11:10 AM on October 29, 2008

Yeah, specifically, Verizon uses CDMA technology and AT&T uses GSM. They're not at all compatible.
posted by monkey85 at 11:48 AM on October 29, 2008

Sell it and use the proceeds to help buy a Verizon BlackBerry?
posted by heavenstobetsy at 11:54 AM on October 29, 2008

Agree w/ heavenstobetsy. If your Q is "aging," you may qualify for price discounts on their Curve.

Or you can just switch to ATT, which is not a bad service.
posted by tcv at 12:11 PM on October 29, 2008

Do what heavenstobetsy advised.

Or do what I did and drop Verizon like a bad habit (unless you live in an area where all the other carriers have crappy service.

I joined T-Mobile 2 years ago, and aside from a lack of 3G (would make my G1 that much sweeter) I have been thrilled with them, especially in comparison with Verizon.
posted by BobbyDigital at 12:12 PM on October 29, 2008

Response by poster: I really want a G1, but, I'm out in the woods too much to use T-mobile. Will a G1 conceivably work on a Verizon network?
posted by trbrts at 12:50 PM on October 29, 2008

no G1 on VZW. Remember this simple rule:

VZW/AllTel/Sprint: CDMA (phones are, in theory, compatible, but the companies won't allow it)

T-Mobile/ATT: GSM (Compatible- just unlock and switch SIM card)

(Unless, of course, I'm wrong, in which case, someone will surely correct this)
posted by JMOZ at 12:54 PM on October 29, 2008

You're right.
posted by niles at 3:34 PM on October 29, 2008

JMOZ has it right. you're trying to use a train that won't fit those tracks.
posted by jrishel at 11:58 AM on October 30, 2008

Former phone seller: JMOZ has you covered.
posted by CwgrlUp at 5:52 PM on October 30, 2008

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