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Old 09-24-2010, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Noob questions about 8330 and roaming

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I have an 8330 through Virgin Mobile Canada. I would like to know if I can unlock, so I can use a local carrier when traveling in the US. I have read a dozen threads, several of which give opposing information, so I am hoping for some clarity.

My understanding is that this is a CDMA phone. I though this meant there was no SIM card, but when I open the phone and remove the battery, there is a slot for a small card which pops up and resembles a micro-SIM used in some GSM phones. When I phoned Virgin, they told me they do not unlock their phones, neither for a fee or otherwise. They were unable to clarify whether this meant they can not, or will not. The CSR rep I spoke with was unhelpful. He was unaware of the existence of microSIM cards, or GSM networks.

Is this a SIM card, or a memory card?

Can this phone be unlocked?

If the phone is unlocked, will it continue to function on my current carrier, Virgin Mobile?

If unlocked, how do I go about getting service from a US network?

In other threads, I have seen answers of yes and no to each of these questions, what is the truth?

Thanks kindly in advance.
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