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Which Network is Your Mobile Phone On?

Effective January 31st, 2017, mobile phones that run on the older Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) network will no longer be active, as the third-party carrier who provides the CDMA technology in BC will be discontinuing its service. This means that all 9-1-1, voice, text and data communications will no longer be available on the CDMA network.

Over the years, a number of repurposed CDMA network phones have been handed out to vulnerable members of the community, to provide them with access to 9-1-1 services. This also means that users of those phones will no longer be able to call 9-1-1 through the phones emergency function.

Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobiles (GSM) are the two major radio systems used in cell phones. In the United States, a few carriers still use the CDMA network, most countries are strictly GSM.

If your mobile phone has a removable SIM card, you are likely on a GSM network, and will still have access to 9-1-1 services on a powered-up mobile phone, without a network contract, even without a SIM card inserted in the phone.

For more information, please contact your local mobile service provider.