View Full Version : Using Verizon's 8830 in US with a Sim card

03-15-2008, 01:27 PM
Has anyone tried this?

I was thinking of borrowing someone's Canadian Sim card and put it into my BB 8830 and see if that works for calls.

Just a simple experiment.

03-15-2008, 01:34 PM
The SIM card is used when the device is in GSM mode. The 8830 does not support US GSM frequencies.

John Clark
03-15-2008, 01:36 PM
Nope. It won't support US or Canadian frequencies.

03-16-2008, 02:02 AM
Would be cool if it did ... But nope.

03-16-2008, 07:46 AM
it would be kind of pointless for the CDMA carriers to sell a device that can be unlocked for use on US GSM carriers. What would keep those customers on the CDMA bandwagon? We all know Big Red likes their money and likes to keep their customers.

03-18-2008, 06:04 PM
Just to explain further, not all GSM networks are created equal. There are 4 more commonly used bands all over the world. In North America and most of Central & South America, the 850mhz and 1900mhz are the spectrums used by GSM carriers. . . In most of Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia, the 900mhz and 1800mhz spectrum are used by their respective carriers. These are the spectrum that the BB 8830 Worldphones (Sprint/VZW/etc) are equipped to operate on with a SIM card. . ., so if you're traveling to countries in Central & South America with a BB 8830 Worldphone, you might just find yourself unable to use your beloved handheld when CDMA towers are unreachable. . . . A quad band BB, would be the best bet in keeping connected to your BB data plan when travelling overseas . . .