Can I still get a phone activated on CDMA?

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I was looking to possibly have a CDMA SIM card activated or purchase a CDMA phone from MTS. Is it still possible to have this done? I'm still finding areas where CDMA coverage is still stronger then HSPA.
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The CDMA network is still active in Manitoba but I do believe it will be shut down in the next year or two and the phones will only work in some parts of Canada since a few provinces/companies have already begun shutting down that network.  Just something to keep in mind if you do want to use a CDMA phone.  You would just need to go into an MTS Connect Store to activate that service.
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Hey Dan,
We don't actually have CDMA SIM cards.  Our CDMA devices work off of programming instead.  The old CDMA SIMs were used for world phones to allow them to connect to the GSM network but that is no longer offered.  If you wanted to connect on the CDMA network you'd have to get a CDMA specific phone.
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Hey Dan,

Jeremy knows what's up here. He's absolutely right that CDMA devices require programming over SIM cards - like what happens with our HSPA devices.

Due to lower demand of these devices, there isn't as many to select from at Connect stores. I would suggest calling your favourite store(s) and seeing what they have available for you on hand.

Hope this helps clear up a few more things!
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The smaller global customer base for CDMA phones actually made it difficult to offer the selection of devices people were looking for before the change to HSPA and later LTE. Someone from MTS may be able to share if that is part of the reason they made the change.