Im trying to upgrade my S5 and looking at verizon phones they suck. I have to pay full retail and i'm not going to blow 7-800 on a device i'm not happy with. The Asus zenfone deluxe 5.7 is what i want and i want to see if it'll work with verizon. I looked at the specs and that's a monster of a device that i'll be happy with. I'm an advanced user and i know how to flash firmware on phones if there's any way to make it work. Anybody familiar with that brand or how to make a gsm device work on cdma?
If the phone is designed for GSM only networks, and does not have Verizon Wireless's LTE bands enabled, then it won't work on Verizon Wireless.
There is a page on the VZW website where you can check to see if a phone or tablet is compatible, however, I don't have the URL readily available at this time.
Thank you for the prompt reply. I read over at XDA about someone using a VZW phone on T-mobiles network and thats using a cdma device on gsm. So some phones can go on both and some are for just one? Can it be done flashing a carrier specific pit file? There is a web site that tell you all the radio bands on carriers but i can't find it. It's not the one where you input the imei and it tells you if it's compatible or not. I thought once the phone is unlocked you can go to any carrier.
If the phone is compatible with the bands VZW uses, then it should work just fine. Verizon uses bands 2, 4, and 13 for LTE.
If the device doesn't support all of those bands, or those bands are not enabled (sometimes phone manufacturers disable certain bands although the hardware to support them is there) then you will have issues using the device on Verizon.
In the event that your device supports 1 or 2 of those bands it may work well enough, but how well will likely depend on your location in the US and what bands are being utilized in those areas.
Also while many phones today are unlocked and can be used on any carrier, whether it works or not is determined by the hardware. All of Verizon's phones are SIM unlocked, so they can work on other carriers just fine, assuming they have the correct hardware to utilize the frequencies of which those carriers broadcast on.