View Full Version : [Help] 8700G German Purchase - US User

04-17-2009, 05:14 PM
I purchased a BB 8700G through eBay. Which is my first BB or any smart phone, at that. After owning it for 1 day, I have come to realize that I have a GERMAN version of the 8700G.

My 8700G isn't a "QWERTY" but instead a "QWERTZ" key pad. In other words, a German keyboard swaps the "Y" key and "Z" key. (Image provided via Wikipedia).

Also, my currency key is not the American $ sign but an Euro currency symbol, which you will find as a blue symbol on the "E" key in the image provided.

Horrifying experience I am having at the moment. :cry:

My question for BBF is if my German formatted BB 8700G is going to be compatible with my US T-Mobile Sim Card? I am assuming it is not, but the phone was advertised as "Unlocked" for Cingular and T-Mobile, if that makes any difference.

In a recent post, I explained that I did not have a BB Internet & Email plan, and I contacted TMobile yesterday (April 16th) to add the plan. I was told that it would take a maximum of 48 hours to be activated.

Also, until the service is active, the browser icon would not appear. The browser icon not appearing was also confirmed in the thread, here on BBF. If that information is accurate, there maybe the small possibility that the service will not be available to me until tomorrow (April 18th) at 2PM PST.

I have become concerned because I have been told by some that a German SIM Card will always read "Data connection refused" in a American Blackberry. I am assuming this works vice-versa.:-(


04-17-2009, 05:20 PM
If your device is unlocked, you shouldn't have an issue using it on T-Mobile USA. However, you will have to get used to the kyb. You cannot change the QWERTZ keyboard.

It is correct that you will not get the BB Browser until you have a BB Data plan.

04-21-2009, 06:02 PM
[UPDATE] 4-21-2009

I was able to access my internet via BB after a software update. My BB 8700G came with v4.1 pre-installed. Although after the update, everything was functional, I did return the BB to seller for an exchange. I am still currently waiting on the exchange item, but I could not continue life with a German key pad.