12-17-2013, 04:27 PM
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  • bullgoose
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I just purchased an unlocked Blackberry from Ebay. When I receive the phone can I take it to the carrier of my choice? I assume so but...thought I'd ask. This is the first time that I did not buy a phone directly from my carrier.

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 12-17-2013, 04:44 PM
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  • ben74
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Phil, if its unlocked then yes it's your choice of carrier. Take it in and the carrier will provide the correct SIM (there are various physical sizes) and discuss the best plan to suit your needs...

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 12-17-2013, 04:46 PM
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Going old school eh?Biggrin

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 12-17-2013, 05:35 PM
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They should, assuming the carrier you want will take the type of phone it is. (CDMA or GSM)

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 12-17-2013, 05:45 PM
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(12-17-2013, 04:44 PM)ben74 Wrote: Phil, if its unlocked then yes it's your choice of carrier. Take it in and the carrier will provide the correct SIM (there are various physical sizes) and discuss the best plan to suit your needs...

Thank you Ben!

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 12-17-2013, 05:46 PM
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(12-17-2013, 04:46 PM)RazoRock_Joe Wrote: Going old school eh?Biggrin

Yes -I miss my old blackberry. I picked up a NOS 9790.

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 12-17-2013, 05:47 PM
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Just as long as this carrier is GMS, no Verizon/Sprint/Blaba

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 12-17-2013, 05:51 PM
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(12-17-2013, 05:47 PM)beartrap Wrote: Just as long as this carrier is GMS, no Verizon/Sprint/Blaba

No Verizon?

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 12-17-2013, 06:01 PM
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(12-17-2013, 05:51 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(12-17-2013, 05:47 PM)beartrap Wrote: Just as long as this carrier is GMS, no Verizon/Sprint/Blaba

No Verizon?

Verizon and Sprint are CDMA only networks..so a GSM or SIM card phone will not work on their networks.

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 12-17-2013, 06:05 PM
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(12-17-2013, 06:01 PM)Arcadies Wrote:
(12-17-2013, 05:51 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(12-17-2013, 05:47 PM)beartrap Wrote: Just as long as this carrier is GMS, no Verizon/Sprint/Blaba

No Verizon?

Verizon and Sprint are CDMA only networks..so a GSM or SIM card phone will not work on their networks.

Got it! Thanks. Looks like I will have to shop around for a carrier.

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 12-17-2013, 07:57 PM
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Old school! Sheesh! I must still be in the paleolithic age, then, as I still don't have a cell-phone! Biggrin

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 12-17-2013, 08:03 PM
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(12-17-2013, 07:57 PM)celestino Wrote: Old school! Sheesh! I must still be in the paleolithic age, then, as I still don't have a cell-phone! Biggrin

Nope ... you're even more prehistoric ... even stone age folks had cell phones ... Tongue

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 12-18-2013, 07:22 AM
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I am thinking of going with Net-10 for the unlocked phone. Apparently they offer a plan with unlimited talk, text and data for $50.00 per month. You can choose between AT&T and T-Mobile service. Does anyone here have experience with Net-10?

http://www.net10byop.com/shop.php

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 12-18-2013, 07:47 AM
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No experience with Net10, but I pretty much buy all my phones on Ebay or Amazon (with no contract). Unlocked phones work well, and I've had no issues with them on AT&T.

I'm currently using a Blackberry Z10 that I bought off Amazon, and I really like it. Since I updated it to BB10.2, it's been a real pleasure - lovely hardware, excellent software, and all the apps I could ask for. Smile

(12-17-2013, 07:57 PM)celestino Wrote: Old school! Sheesh! I must still be in the paleolithic age, then, as I still don't have a cell-phone! Biggrin

Celestino,

I resisted for a long time, but the advent of kids pretty much put paid to that. In this day and age, with kids doing all sorts of stuff before and after school, I need to be reachable pretty much all the time. When I don't want to be disturbed, I either leave my phone at my desk or put it in airplane mode.

Also, a land line is a real pain.....all you get are calls from charities and telemarketers....even after putting yourself on the don-not-call list.

Finally, I like technology. Biggrin I like tinkering and seeing what's new. Phones are relatively cheap, and I enjoy trying them out.

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 12-18-2013, 10:07 AM
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(12-17-2013, 08:03 PM)Agravic Wrote:
(12-17-2013, 07:57 PM)celestino Wrote: Old school! Sheesh! I must still be in the paleolithic age, then, as I still don't have a cell-phone! Biggrin

Nope ... you're even more prehistoric ... even stone age folks had cell phones ... Tongue

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Wow! That iStone looks amazing! Biggrin

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 12-18-2013, 10:24 AM
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* Yohann, I completely understand, but my son can home and talk to me if he need to reach me, or wait until I get home from work!
To me, it seems as though we lack patience for things, now. I better withdrawn into my cave! Biggrin

* Ravi, no touch-screen on that I-stone phone?! Angel

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 12-18-2013, 12:19 PM
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Celestino- You're probably right about the patience thing. Smile

Still, since I will not have a land-line in my house, a cell-phone is the only alternative. Also, it gives me more toys to play with, and I never complain about that. BiggrinBiggrin

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 12-24-2013, 05:17 PM
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Good news and bad news...My unlocked Blackberry arrived in mail yesterday but the service I was planning on using does not work with a Blackberry. Back to the drawing board.

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 12-24-2013, 05:26 PM
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So are you planning on getting a phone that works with the service you've chosen, or are you planning on finding a service that works with your phone?

What Blackberry did you buy, Phil?

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 12-24-2013, 05:48 PM
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All highly confusing stuff to me. Don't know what I'll do next year. My phone will be about 4 years old by then and I should probably upgrade. However, nothing is as straightforward as it used to be. Sad

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