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.


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LG Google Nexus 5
Motorola Moto G
Apple iPhone 5s
Samsung Ativ SE
Motorola Moto X
LG Google Nexus 5 32 GB (Black) Smartphone
Motorola Moto G Smartphone
Apple iPhone 5S - Verizon Unlocked
Samsung Ativ SE
Motorola Moto X Unlocked Phone Smartphone
$498 - $600
$100 - $400
$350 - $1,500
$700
$400 - $750
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Release Date
Nov 2013
Nov 2013
Sep 2013
Jun 2014
Aug 2013
Network Type
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions, CDMA 800 / 1900 - North America version, HSDPA 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 900 - North America version, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - North America version, LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600, HSDPA 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 900 - North American version, LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 - North American version
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, CDMA 800 / 1900 - CDMA version, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA version
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1533 (CDMA), A1453, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1533 (GSM), A1453, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1533 (CDMA), A1453, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - A1457, A1530, LTE, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all models, LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100, (1/2/3/4/5/8/13/17/19/20/25) - A1533 (GSM), A1533 (CDMA)
CDMA 800 / 1900, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, LTE 700 / 1700
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, CDMA 800 / 1900, HSDPA, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, LTE, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - for AT&T, LTE 700 / 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - for AT&T
Digital Camera Resolution
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
13.0 MP
10.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.95 inch
4.5 inch
4.0 inch
5.0 inch
4.7 inch
Processor Type
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based), Apple A7
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait, Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon
Battery Capacity
2300.0 mAh
2070.0 mAh
1560.0 mAh
2600.0 mAh
2200.0 mAh
Operating System
Android 4.4 (KitKat), Android OS, v4.4 (KitKat), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop)
Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.4 (KitKat), Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean), upgradable 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
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.4 (KitKat), planned upgrade to v5.0 (Lollipop)
Carrier
T-Mobile
AT-T
Verizon
Verizon
AT-T
Display
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
63% Positive
37% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
42% Positive
58% Negative
Performance
92% Positive
8% Negative
83% Positive
17% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
57% Positive
43% Negative
Camera
36% Positive
64% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
40% Positive
60% Negative
Price
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
Look and Feel
70% Positive
30% Negative
80% Positive
20% Negative
88% Positive
12% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
Battery
25% Positive
75% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
Operating System
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Call Quality
66% Positive
34% Negative
75% Positive
25% Negative
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Speaker
100% Negative
60% Positive
40% Negative
100% Positive
100% Positive
Gaming
100% Positive
100% Positive
100% Positive
Texting
100% Positive
Connectivity
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive
Storage
100% Negative
37% Positive
63% Negative
100% Negative

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