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so I got a barely used phone from my buddy. He had thought it was stolen just after buying it, but has recently found it and given it to me because it has a little port for a SIM card. Since I have T-mobile I thought that I would simply have to root and unlock the phone via some online tutorial and pop the SIM in, but to no avail. I can't find much info on the phone and it seems to only run CDMA. Nothing happens when I insert my SIM card. It is the ZTE Engage V8000. It is a Muve Music phone from Cricket.

I was wondering if I could just put Ubuntu for Phones on it and it would detect my SIM. Would that work? I feel like Ubuntu for Phones might be thrown out there enough for it to work. If not, how can I get my SIM card to work on the Android OS? Do I need to install a whole new operating system? Is there any way that I can use this phone? My current phone doesn't seem to have a strong enough antenna for my area. It's a cheapy knock-off from Hong Kong so anything else would work. Any help is much appreciated

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marked as duplicate by Thomas Ward, Mateo, James Henstridge, Braiam, guntbert Aug 29 '13 at 17:18

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I can see where you are coming from, but I feel as though I am asking something only slightly different. I need more specific information that I cannot find anywhere else, and that is not included in the question deemed a possible duplicate (I had already reviewed that Q&A and was not satisfied). I need more-so to know whether I can immediately use the Ubuntu-Touch software for a phone via GSM network. I also need to know if I can even use the phone here. I came to this site because it is by-far the best. A lot of questions get marked as "duplicates", but we need more-specific, guiding info. – Joseph_carp Aug 17 '13 at 21:50
I'm not sure your question is actually destined for here, though, you're not asking a question about Ubuntu Touch but rather a question about whether using Android, or using some other OS, and not an actual question about ubuntu-touch or android. Also the fact you're using a cheap knock-off phone might also be the source of your issues :P – Thomas Ward Aug 17 '13 at 21:53
Well the cheap knock-off phone is unrelated to the problem. That was just to show that I was desperate to be able to use this new phone. And I sort of understand what you mean. I am also running Ubuntu 13.04 and would need help installing the OS using Ubuntu since everything out there is for Windows or Macintosh. – Joseph_carp Aug 17 '13 at 22:16
Then I think you are looking for the specifications to run Ubuntu Touch right? If it's like that check What hardware will support Ubuntu Touch – Braiam Aug 29 '13 at 0:25

I can't find ubuntu phone version for this phone so you may need to port it. Try using XChat and connect to the developer's channel for more info.

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Real-time communication: #ubuntu-phone IRC channel on Freenode

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