CDMA phones ("Code Division Multiple Access") belong to a cell phone network that was structured by Qualcomm, which is based in the United States. It is a very popular cellular phone network in the United States and is currently growing and branching out to other countries of the world. It has become a particularly popular service in Asia. The companies that currently supply CDMA cell phones are Virgin Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. If you are getting service from one of these three companies, then your cellular phone is considered to be "CDMA" as opposed to GSM phones. What are some advantages to getting a CDMA cell phone plan?

The main reason that people get CDMA phones mostly deals with the location in which they will be using their service. There are certain states in the U.S. that only have one stationed network that provide service. This network has been traditionally known to be faster than the GSM counterpart. It has 3G technology, also known as 3rd generation cell phone service. This means that the overall quality of using your cell phone with this provider is going to be better than it was in the past. They are constantly making improvements on their network and it will only be a matter of time before 3G will be outdated.

The other main advantage of these phones is their ability to transfer information. These are some of the quickest information processing phones in the world. They are able to process information at a steady rate at an average of 450 kb/second. They are always looking for ways to improve the speed of the phones on this network, so don't be surprised if yours works even faster than average. All phones that they manufacture are going to provide customers with adequate speed and information processing.

The major downfall is not being able to get unlocked CDMA phones. What does it mean to have "unlocked cell phones?" It means that you are able to use any phone that you want through your current service. With CDMA phones, you must select a phone that is issued by the company providing your cellular service. If you have ever heard of "SIM cards," then you probably know a phone usually needs one in order to be unlocked. The CDMA phones do not have SIM cards, so you are not able to use any phone with a SIM card on the CDMA-network. Whether phones should be locked or unlocked is still a heavily debated issue among customers.

Although the CDMA does have something similar to the SIM card, called an "R-UIM card," it is not able to be used in the United States as of yet. In the future, there may come a time when the R-UIM cards populate phones on this network, but as of now they do not feel that there is any need to manufacture them. When it comes to getting a new phone through this network, your old "locked phone" must be deactivated by a phone representative and a new phone must get activated. When the old phone is "deactivated," it is no longer able to be utilized.

Despite the fact that the CDMA phone network has been very successful in the United States, it seems as though GSM is out performing them in world-wide coverage by having significantly more customers. This type of coverage can be beneficial if you do not mind having a locked phone. Most customers are satisfied with the reasonable plans that are offered through the CDMA cell phone network and do not feel a need to switch over to GSM.