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Top 5 CDMA phones in India

It is quite interesting that hundreds and thousands of articles are written on Mobile phones, but majority of them only talk about GSM phones. CDMA has not really been written much about. I have been using a Reliance CDMA connection for almost 4-5 years now and I find CDMA service more cost effective than its GSM counterparts. So I decided to give CDMA phones a little limelight as well.

When I decided to write about top 5 CDMA phones, I thought it to be a very easy task. Well, it definitely was not as easy as I thought!

The CDMA Operators decided to open up for the OMH (open Market Handsets) thus rendering equality across CDMA with regards to operator selection. Like GSM, a customer has ability to choose any CDMA service provider. There have been lots of phones which support CDMA and new launches have been pretty common. Just last month LG launched 6 new CDMA OMHs. Most of the CDMA handsets have pretty much same features ranging from low-end to high-end ones. Handsets are available from 1000 Rs to 20,000 Rupees. The Handsets which really mattered were only handful of them.

Here is my Top 5 CDMA handsets which every person with CDMA must look at!

Top 5 CDMA handsets in India

1) Samsung Galaxy i899

Samsung CDMA | Top 5 CDMA phones in India

India’s First CDMA Android Phone. The phone comes with all your preferred google Services. Sadly though it only supports Cupcake OS ( Android 1.5). It supports High-speed 3.1 Mbps speeds, and boasts a 3.2MP camera with Autofocus and LED Flash. It has an on-board Memory of 230MB + 32GB Expandable through microSD Card.

Samsung Galaxy i899 Specifications

  • Android 1.5 OS
  • Dimension 116.5 x 56.4 x 12.8 mm
  • A 3.2" AMOLED Screen
  • 3.2 MP Autofocus Camera with LED Flash
  • Supports GPS
  • Supports Wifi as well.
  • Ability to install custom apps from Android Market

Samsung Galaxy i899 price: Rs. 13500/- (approx)

2) Blackberry 8530

Blackberry CDMA | Top 5 CDMA phones in India

The reason this phone lost to Samsung Galaxy is due to its lesser Talk time, and Poor 2 MP camera (which is without Flash). This one’s another bold Business handset which competes with top GSM phones as well.

Blackberry 8530 specifications:

  • 2.0MP Digital Camera (with 5X digital Zoom)
  • 256MB Flash Memory
  • Wi-Fi® enabled
  • Built-in GPS capabilities ( Includes Blackberry Maps and e911 capabilities)
  • 3G technology
  • CDMA Dual Band: 800/1900 MHz
  • CDMA Dual Mode: CDMA 2000 1X with Ev-Do
  • Bluetooth® enabled
  • Multimedia Player
  • Wireless Email
  • Organizer
  • Browser
  • 4.5Hrs Talktime and 17days Standby time

Blackberry 8530 price: Rs. 18000/- (approx)

3) Samsung M369

Samsung CDMA M369 | Top 5 CDMA phones in India

This one again Goes to Samsung. This handset is a Full QWERTY with High speed Internet & Mobile TV app a 16GB expandable Memory, Email, Instant Messaging,and a mobile tracker. This one’s Got a 4Hrs Talktime as well.

Samsung CDMA M369 Specifications:

  • 2.2 " TFT LCD Screen
  • A 2MP Camera, with 60min Video recording
  • Full Fledged Polaris 6.15 browser with TV App
  • Youtube Video Streaming
  • 104MB internal Memory with upto 16GB expandable via microSD
  • High Speed Data access upto 2.4 Mbps using EVDO
  • Mobile Tracker
  • Talk Time # Up to 270 min* and Standby (Standard) Up to 420 hrs
  • A Full QWERTY keypad.

Samsung CDMA M369 – Rs. 6649/- [ Buy Now ]

4) Corby TV (speed) Samsung COrby CDMA | Top 5 CDMA phones in India

Yet Another Samsung Handset to feature in TOP5. Sensuous Curvy Body with ability to play TV. Supports 1X and EVDO. This handset is a OMH means you can use any operator you like.

Samsung Corby TV Specifications:

  • Touch UI with Widgets. ( Facebook, twitter and 27 other useful ones)
  • A 2.8" TFT display
  • 2MP Camera with Autofocus
  • Ability to Play TV and Radio Bluetooth connectivity to Headsets and Stereo Music.
  • A Mobile Tracker
  • A Browser to connect to internet.
  • Hi Speed Connectivity with Data Speed upto 2.4Mbps
  • Inbuilt Youtube player.
  • 80MB internal Memory and upto 8GB Expandable via micorSD

Samsung Corby TV price – Rs. 7669/- [ Buy Now ]

5) LG Cookie ZIP 510 CDMA

LG Cookie ZIP CDMA | Top 5 CDMA phones in India

New LG510 is a full touch Open Market Handset with broadband speed and video online capabilities. Includes a full fledged internet browser. Feature wise this one’s pretty close with Samsung Corby TV but looses out in ability to play Live TV and Just a 4GB Expandable memory.

LG Cookie ZIP 510 CDMA Specifications

  • A 7.62 CM TFT Full Touch Screen
  • A 2 MP Camera with only 2X digital zoom
  • A 72MB internal Memory with Upto 4GB micoSD expandable
  • A lot of embedded games like Sudoku etc.
  • BREW 3.1.5
  • upto 5Hrs of talk time
  • Other usual stuff like Bluetooth 2.1 , FM radio etc
  • High Speed Internet Access

LG Cookie ZIP 510 CDMA Price: Rs. 7899/- [Buy Now]

Suggested Reading: 5 Cheapest Phones in India, Top 10 Android phones in India [TGF]

Let me know if I have missed out any, but as far as I know these are the top CDMA phones in India !

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Amit Bhide, although runs a printing business, has been an avid Internet enthusiast for over 15 years. He is also a Gadget freak and wants to get his hands on every new gadget in town !


  1. Want to see more CDMA phones.

  2. Want to see more CDMA phones.


  4. Any good mob. co. supporting CDMA & GSM?

  5. Impact Taritakul

    To see more cdma phone visit http://mobilematinee.blogspot.com/2011/06/gsmcdma-dual-sim-phones.html.

  6. its bad phone m369.

  7. Mithilesh Bharti Goswami

    Samsung M369 really good phone I use.

  8. Sreejish Vijayan

    Any good mob. co. supporting CDMA & GSM?

  9. Nishit Agrawal


  10. Rajeev Sharma

    I went to ga;axy i899.

  11. gud but what what are the more features ,, glaxy i500.

  12. gud but what what are the more features ,, glaxy i500.

  13. gud but what what are the more features ,, glaxy i500.

  14. gud but what what are the more features ,, glaxy i500.

  15. gud but what what are the more features ,, glaxy i500.

  16. gud but what what are the more features ,, glaxy i500.

  17. Harpreet Madan

    gud but what what are the more features ,, glaxy i500.

  18. Saurabh Saini

    COOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL……..Samsung Galaxy i899.

  19. duo handest are not value for money


  21. Sadly Nokia doesnt support the CDMA services in India and the link between ADAG and Nokia doesnt exist anymore. CDMA services offer better clarity and unhindered network but the CDMA sets cost a fortune more compared to its GSM counterparts. I hope better sense prevails and Nokia will unveil good sets in the future for CDMA services of Reliance communications in India- after all Nokia is NOKIA.

  22. I have been consulting a lot many people for their opinion about switching from CDMA to GSM and every attempt resulted in concluding that CDMA is best compared to GSM. I have been using Rel CDMA myself and I am thoroughly satisfied with them, be it service or signal. The only hitch I have is not being able to freely switch between cell phone, the freedom that I get in GSM. Even the cell phones available for CDMA are limited. Our most trusted brand “Nokia” doesn’t even have a cell phone to support Reliance CDMA. Lets hope to have some good phones in 2011. It may change the overall thinking for CDMA service.

    • Dear Salil, I am also a customer of Reliance CDMA mobile. I have been experiencing a flawless service with my NOKIA CDMA 6265 handset since 2004. It is a slider type handset having all the features including 2 MP Camera, Video Recording, Bluetooth, SD Card, e- mail, SMS, MMS & R- World etc. The handset reruires a BL-6C Battery. Recently I had been to a NOKIA Authorised Service Centre for replacement of the battery. They informed me that the battery is available because so many NOKIA Handsets require BL-6C but NOkia discontinued the manufacturing of CDMA Handset. Since then I am seriously considering to replace it with a Samsung Galaxy i500 CDMA Handset. The same runs on Android 2.2 Platform and is feature packed. Currently the same is not available in West Bengal.

  23. Do Not buy SCH – M369 by Samsung. Its a shity bad phone. Memory card is of no use. You cannot store your mails in it nor keep your phone book or messages in it. Push e-mail support is also very bad nothing functions on it and you receive mails some times after weeks of original receipt to your e-mail ID. Only g-mail works on it rest of e-mails do not. You can only search names in phone book by there first name . it does not searches by middle name or last name(which is very nicely done in nokis phones). For Sms to groups you will have to again select group contact individually which is really boring specially for people like me who have to forward 2-300 messages per day.Even pc sync is not that smooth and good.

    • Samsung SCH-M369 is not good to use than its looks. we don’t have option to reject the waiting call. what the functionality it has?? to open the music player its taking ages. I don’t know what happened now videos also not playing, its only giving voice no video. even if I follow the manual i am not able to browse from PC by connecting this mobile to PC. I think china mobiles are better than this model.

      • Yah he is right, please please don,t trap by looks. Its waste waste phone. I don’t know why SAMSUNG is spoiling their name by launching unreliable phones. With all above problem within observed, added in 20 day mic is not working they need 7 days to replace the spare part. Think twice before buying Samsung mobiles reliability is very poor and service is very very poor.

  24. Thx for putting this list together .. I use reliance with Samsung galaxy i899 (mayb the first set sold in blr) .. its a real good combination .. I get fast internet connection through EVO with Android … only wish we cud get newer 2+ versions of Android and better battery

  25. Hi, Im also using now a Rel – CDMA. But the real issues is the Open Market Handsets are not reaching even 40% of the GSM phone segment. MNP will give a major explode in the CDMA. Lot of cdma users will port to gsm due to only one reason – non availability of good handsets.

    • there are good cdma handsets available in the market. and also a lot of choices, MNP can be expected only from postpaid customers & corporate customers. not on the prepaid segment.

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