[Q] Verizon Wireless MVNO
This question is more about Verizon Wireless than it is about the i535, but XDA doesn't have carrier forums to my knowledge.
I currently own an SGH-i747 (AT&T SIII). I am using it on Straight Talk via their BYOD SIM program. Unforunately, I am moving to an area with no AT&T signal. In fact, the only carrier with service there is Verizon.
I cannot afford Verizon Wireless, and would like to utilize a less expensive VZW MVNO. Straight Talk and Page Plus come to mind.
I hear Page Plus is known for flashing phones to their service under certain circumstances, like it's history on prepaid VZW networks, 3G/4G, etc.
I have read on here and many other forums, esp. Howard Talk, that using a 4G phone on a VZW MVNO is not possible.
My questions revolve around that statement - fact or farce. My main confusion comes out of my (mostly lack of) understanding of how networks operate. I understand that there are different frequencies/bands - each carrier uses their own, and each type of signal - 2,3,4G uses a different frequency. To me, it makes sense that if VZW MVNO's do not support the 4G frequency, then a 4G phone flashed to a VZW MVNO would simply only be able to utilize the 3G band. If, however, Verizon proactively searches their prepaid customers (MVNO or otherwise) for those attempting to hop on 4G bands and boots them, it then makes sense to me that I could simply disable 4G on my phone so it would never attempt to search for or use a 4G signal.
The only problem I have seen so far with using a 4G phone on a VZW MVNO is the lack of 4G support on the MVNO, and perhaps VZW's habit of kicking customers who attempt to circumvent this restriction. I honestly have not found a single concrete statement why else this situation is impossible. I don't really see any reason else why someone could not use a 4G CAPABLE phone on a VZW MVNO.
I would greatly appreciate some advice/experience on these questions. However, please refrain from just repeating what has been stated elsewhere, unless the statement was based on concrete first-person evidence with sensible reasons for the answer.
Thanks so much!