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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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Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G Smartphone


The rankings for Motorola Moto G in the top cdma cell phone list was generated based on cell phone reviews from sites like PCMag.com, TrustedReviews.com and Pocket-Lint.com. 28 such reviews were considered in all.

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Motorola Moto G
LG Google Nexus 5
Apple iPhone 5s
Samsung Ativ SE
Apple iPhone 5c
Motorola Moto G Smartphone
LG Google Nexus 5 32 GB (Black) Smartphone
Apple iPhone 5s 16GB (Space Gray) - Unlocked
Samsung Ativ SE
Apple iPhone 5c 16GB (Unlocked) Smartphone
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Release Date
Nov 2013
Nov 2013
Sep 2013
Jun 2014
Sep 2013
Network Type
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 - 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 / 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 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100- A1532 (CDMA), A1456, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100- A1532 (GSM), A1532 (CDMA), A1456, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - A1507, A1529, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1533 (CDMA), A1453, LTE, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - all versions, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1532 (GSM), LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100, (1/2/3/4/5/8/13/17/19/20/25) - A1532 (GSM)
Digital Camera Resolution
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
13.0 MP
8.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
2.0 GB
1.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
4.5 inch
4.95 inch
4.0 inch
5.0 inch
4.0 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
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift, Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based), Apple A6
Battery Capacity
2070.0 mAh
2300.0 mAh
1560.0 mAh
2600.0 mAh
1510.0 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
iOS 7.0.1, iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.1.2
Carrier
AT-T
T-Mobile
AT-T, Sprint
Verizon
AT-T, Verizon, Sprint

  • The Moto G is the best-built, unlocked smartphone under $200 available today.


  • The Motorola Moto G is one of the best phones of the year, and the first time we’ve seen a phone of this calibre launch at under £200 SIM-free. That it’s so much cheaper than £200 is a minor miracle. This phone deserves to sell by the bucketload. 


  • For the price, the Moto G is a fantastic device. It has a beautiful display with bright, vibrant and detailed images, the sound quality is great and the battery capacity will give you a good 14 hours' use in our experience. We really like the design, especially the option to change the back cover, and the price point that is attached to the accessories makes customising this device affordable and within reach for the vast majority.


  • Google has delivered an impressive smartphone with the Nexus 5 from LG, an unlocked powerhouse with a palatable price and solid performance, and the new Android 4.4.1 KitKat update largely fixes the phone's initial camera problems.


  • The Google Nexus 5 is the high-end Android phone bargain of the year. Aside from a slightly anaemic battery it offers everything phones costing £200 more do.


  • There's a lot packed into the Nexus 5, particularly given the £299 and £339 pricepoints for 16GB and 32GB respectively. For that money, you get a display that rivals devices that cost some £200 more, and a chipset that is, in many cases, more powerful. In addition to that, you have a Nexus device, meaning it's uncluttered by bloat and first in line for Android updates. Android's new features in v4.4 KitKat feel like the start of a movement towards something that's more exciting and the Nexus 5 showcases that with panache.


  • Obviously, it's not the most mouthwatering inducing iPhone we've seen to date, but considering that it hits the mark in the categories that matter the most, the iPhone 5s proves itself as being a feared competitor in the space. Like we said, there's nothing in the specs or hardware department that would terrify its rivals, but the updated iOS 7 experience is enough to make this iPhone look and feel different from past ones.


  • - After a few weeks of use I had a bit of an issue with call quality – essentially my voice appeared distant to the person on the other end.
    - I really enjoy holding it for long periods of time and have reverted back to reading books on my phone, something I haven’t done since using my diddy-screened iPhone 4 two years ago.
    - On the flip side the 5S’s camera works well in lower-lit conditions.
    - Fantastic slow shots of my nephews and nieces jumping on a trampoline made me view it in a new light.


  • The iPhone 5S fulfils the pre-determined destiny of all Apple "S" devices - it's the one that's normally met by the baying crowd as "meh". . At the start of this review someone asked what we though of the iPhone 5S in two words and we replied "same as". But the more we've played with it, the more we've used it, and the more it's clear that Apple has made vast improvements here, even if we are yet to see the full realisation of those improvements. In many ways Apple has released a phone for tomorrow rather than today.


  • What it lacks in identity, the Samsung Ativ SE makes up for in flexibility, but it doesn't excite like other Windows Phone options.

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    There is no denying that the Samsung Ativ SE is one of the most capable Windows Phone smartphones available at the moment. With powerful, future proof-hardware, and easily updatable OS garnished with useful Samsung add-ons, the device makes for a mighty good alternative to the dominant Nokia Lumia high-end lineup. The Korean entry trumps its Microsoft-owned rivals on a few key instances. It features expandable memory and removable battery - two features which are certain to appeal to the power user crowd.


  • Samsung might not be Microsoft’s favorite son in the Windows Phone 8 realm, but it’s managed to slide in on the budget level with a phone that is desirable without draining the wallet, just like Nokia. Design-wise, the ATIV Odyssey is more streamlined and attractive than the budget 800 series Lumias. Specs-wise, the Lumias have a few more powerful elements. But, when taken as a whole, they’re about on the same level. What does that mean for you WP8-loving Verizon Wireless customers out there trying to decide between the Odyssey and the Nokia Lumia 822 (nearly identical to the 820)?


  • The iPhone 5C is a lovely phone that is solid in its performance and playful it its approach. The combination of the colourful exterior sits beautifully against the latest iOS 7 operating system and it's good to see Apple ditching the ode to faux leather and yellow legal paper shtick. New Apple is an embrace of a modern future. . As an upgrade to the iPhone 4S, the 5C is a perfect option, and it refreshes the iPhone 5 in a way that makes it a lot more fun than the iPhone 5 ever was.


  • Taking everything that made the iPhone 5 great and adding in a few more bells and whistles. The iPhone 5C is not the iPhone 5S, but it’s still a great little handset in its own right. Should prices come down –– which they inevitably will –– this handset could become very, very, popular.


  • The colorful, plastic iPhone 5c is a welcome upgrade for existing iPhone 4 and 4S owners, and a great introduction to Apple's awesome app platform at a nice price. It's the best $99 phone you'll find on Verizon Wireless, but otherwise, there's not much new to see here.


Top 5 cdma cell phone:

  1. Motorola Moto G Smartphone
  2. LG Google Nexus 5 32 GB (Black) Smartphone
  3. Apple iPhone 5s 16GB (Space Gray) - Unlocked
  4. Samsung Ativ SE
  5. Apple iPhone 5c 16GB (Unlocked) Smartphone