Based on linear three-dimensional piezoelasticity, an orthogonal polynomial approach is used for determining the elastic wave characteristics of piezoelectric spherical curved plates. The displacement components and electric potential, expanded in a series of Legendre polynomials, are introduced into the governing equations along with position-dependent material constants so that the solution of the wave equation is reduced to an eigenvalue problem. Guided wave dispersion curves for PZT-4 spherical curved plates are calculated. Corresponding mechanical displacement and electric potential distributions are illustrated. The influence of the ratio of radius to thickness on the wave characteristics is discussed.