I need some clarification on something. I desperately want to get the new Asus ROG phone 5, but every retailer says it does not work on Verizon network because it's GSM only. Now I had heard that Verizon was basically abandoning CDMA and going full GSM last year. So what am I missing? If I try to activate an unlocked rog phone 5 on Verizon will it not work? An earlier post from 2018 said that Verizon was working on software to get Asus's phone on their network. Asus is a great company. Razer is a great company. Why is it still not clear whether we can use these niche performance phones on Verizon?
It is important that you have a device that performs the way you need it to. Currently, devices need to be certified to work on the network as part of our Customer Provided Equipment Program. Devices that are not certified may not be in our Device Database. Currently, the Asus ROG series of devices is not listed as being part of the Customer Provided Equipment Program.
That doesn't exactly answer my question. I'm aware that the device isn't listed on your website for BYOD, I'm wanting to know if it would still technically work, and if there were still efforts in the works to make that happen if not. Preferably I'd like to hear from somebody who has already tried this. And most of all, I want to know why Verizon says they don't support GSM only devices when they said they'd be abandoning CDMA last year.
We want to do our best to work. This is not an easy question to answer fully. Since the device is not listed as compatible, it may not even activate. In my experience, if it does activate, then you most likely will not be able to use data services or other functions. We do not use the GSM technology on our network, even though we are phasing put CDMA. We use the LTE and 5G technologies currently.