Updated on 13 April 2015 by

CDMA is one of the widely deployed network technologies in US with most carriers implementing it. The best CDMA phones come locked with yearly or monthly contact, or pay-as-you-go plans and hence unlike the GSM cellphones, CDMA cellphones doesn't use SIM card. CDMA being the most dominant network technology in the US, some of the major CDMA carriers like Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular, which support high quality voice and data transmission services.

The advantage of opting a CDMA network is that it offers wide coverage along with the effective communication capabilities. Longer battery life (energy efficient), enhanced sound, reduced noise and interference are among the other advantages.

Since CDMA uses a bunch of network technologies, it is also one of the 3G network standards contrary to the 2G's GSM technology. And as a competitor to the existing GSM network technology, CDMA supports high speed data transmission at 3G speeds which is the most important feature available from the best CDMA smartphones.

Even though the cellphones running on CDMA network doesn't support international roaming, the best CDMA phones can be opted by those who travel with in the US and need wide coverage in most remote parts also.

Check out our list of best CDMA phones including basic and smartphones, based on numerous authoritative reviews around the web.





Motorola Moto G
LG Google Nexus 5
Apple iPhone 5s
Samsung Ativ SE
Motorola Moto G Smartphone
LG Google Nexus 5 32 GB (Black) Smartphone
Apple iPhone 5s 16GB (Space Gray) - Unlocked
Samsung Ativ SE
$100 - $400
$500 - $600
$390 - $1,500
Release Date
Nov 2013
Nov 2013
Sep 2013
Jun 2014
Digital Camera Resolution
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
13.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.5 inch
4.95 inch
4.0 inch
5.0 inch
Processor Type
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based), Apple A7
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Battery Capacity
2070.0 mAh
2300.0 mAh
1560.0 mAh
2600.0 mAh
Operating System
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.4 (KitKat), Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android 4.4 (KitKat), Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop)
iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
Microsoft Windows Phone 8, planned upgrade to v8.1
AT-T, Sprint
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.0 stars
100% Positive
85% Positive
15% Negative
63% Positive
37% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
36% Positive
64% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
Look and Feel
80% Positive
20% Negative
70% Positive
30% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
37% Positive
63% Negative
100% Negative
100% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative