What's the deal with Verizon/CDMA?

We get a lot of questions about Verizon and their specific network, here are the answers to all your burning questions (hopefully):

"Why is the Verizon device more expensive?"
Verizon's devices have a Qualcomm chipset and a completely different antenna to connect to Verizon's network, which is referred to as a CDMA network. Their device also uses a different charger. All of these parts add up to a more expensive device overall for both us and you.


"What's the deal with Verizon and CDMA?"
This is a complex answer. Verizon (and carriers on Verizon's network) use a special antenna to communicate with the network (referred to as CDMA). This means we have to order a device that is entirely different (and a tad more expensive) than our main devices so we can make sure it has the proper antenna. However, there are no problems or advantages of the Verizon device over the other devices.


“I heard Verizon’s 3G CDMA is shutting down soon!”
You may have heard that Verizon’s 3G CDMA is shutting down soon. However, what does this mean for your Verizon CDMA device? Never fear, this shutdown of the previous 3G network allows room for your cellular provider to offer newer and faster network speeds. For our Pinwheel devices, nothing changes at all, they will automatically switch from the old CDMA network to the newest LTE.


"How much is my Verizon plan with Pinwheel?"
We don't know! Verizon has a lot of different plans, their latest plans can be found here. Ethan (former Verizon rep) always suggests asking to make sure you're on the right plan anyway, you may be on a legacy plan that is more expensive!

Feb 12, 2021

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