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ChrisLuck
05-18-2006, 09:47 PM
I am currently a very long-term and very satisifed cingular customer, and would like to stay with Cingular, but I am desperatly wanting the Blackberry 8700G.

I have my hands on a 8700G from a local friend that owns a t-mobile store, but I need to unlock it for my Cingular Service.

I searched this forum high and low, and I've seen alot of websites that people say to go to to have the 8700G unlocked, but all the websites do not support the 8700G. Can someone please help me? I will pay what it takes...I need it unlocked and working with my Cingular service by the end of next week before I leave on business.

All the best,
Chris

ChrisLuck
05-18-2006, 09:58 PM
Anyone?

ian_718
05-18-2006, 10:37 PM
damn, i would have loved to trade you my cingular 8700 for the tmo

but if your in nyc.. i know sumbody that can help you with what you wanna know !

ChrisLuck
05-18-2006, 10:39 PM
I don't want the Cingular 8700c though.... I want to convert my TMO 8700g to work with my cingular service :) Anyone know how ?

ChrisLuck
05-18-2006, 11:49 PM
Guess i'm outta luck :oops:

Berny
05-19-2006, 12:46 AM
Why can't you just call your service provider, tell them you're going international and would like it unlocked so you can purchase pre-paid sim cards. Thats what I did before my trip, and it was unlocked within 24 hours.

ChrisLuck
05-19-2006, 12:52 AM
The thing is though....

The phone service I have is Cingular

The phone I have is a T-Mobile Blackberry 8700g

What I need to do is unlock the Blackberry 8700g to work with Cingular. I can't contact T-Mobile to ask them to unlock the blackberry, becuase I don't have an account with them.

Pizzle
05-19-2006, 01:12 AM
A service provider typically requires you to be a customer in good standing for X number of months before they'll unlock it. At the very least, you have to at least BE a customer, and some "I'm traveling internationally" convincing could still do the trick.

As you're not a Tmo customer, and unlock codes aren't readily available for the 8700 series yet, even to third party "unlock" services, you're out of luck.

ChrisLuck
05-19-2006, 01:17 AM
That's what I figured....

How is TMO over Cingular? I might switch networks entirely then

Pizzle
05-19-2006, 01:22 AM
Depends on your location. It's all about the coverage. Tmo has better pricing for their data plans, but their coverage isn't as wide-range in local areas as Cingular. I've had both, and for me, Cingular has the far superior coverage in my area, and in the areas that I travel. Easy decision for me. That, and I've had an excellent experience with their customer service. OH...and I get a discount through work. :)

I'd look at specific coverage maps and see which fits you best. I wouldn't be too anxious to switch over a cosmetic phone issue, but to each their own.

ChrisLuck
05-19-2006, 01:27 AM
Yeah, I've been nothing but extremely happy with Cingular, and I am preparing to travel internationally in June - and I need a phone that I can use to Sync up with my laptop that has bluetooth so I can access the internet. The 8700c that is avaliable at Cingular doesn't offer that option, being as it's not bluetooth 2.0. That's why i'm desperatly wanting to get the 8700g on my Cingular network.

Pizzle
05-19-2006, 01:33 AM
Uh...the Bluetooth on Blackberrys is not for data transfer. Not sure what you think the G is going to do that the C can't. Has nothing to do with what Bluetooth version it is.

And tethering is a WHOLE different mess.

ChrisLuck
05-19-2006, 01:45 AM
From Cnet.com.....

For wireless headsets, car kits, and desktop connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0 is onboard as well.

I can use the 8700g for getting my laptop on the net via: bluetooth 2.0 that is in the 8700g.... but I cannot do it with the 8700c. I've done my homework.... now I just need the 8700g to work with Cingular

CBR900RR
05-19-2006, 02:12 AM
From Cnet.com.....

For wireless headsets, car kits, and desktop connectivity, Bluetooth 2.0 is onboard as well.

I can use the 8700g for getting my laptop on the net via: bluetooth 2.0 that is in the 8700g.... but I cannot do it with the 8700c. I've done my homework.... now I just need the 8700g to work with Cingular

You mean you can tethering with bluetooth on the 8700g, but not on the 8700c, I need to try that out.

ChrisLuck
05-19-2006, 02:14 AM
Yep. Which is why I got the 8700g

Pizzle
05-19-2006, 02:17 AM
I stand corrected on the Bluetooth version.

Good luck with the rest.

CBR900RR
05-19-2006, 02:22 AM
Yep. Which is why I got the 8700g
Are you using a USB bluetooth adapter and what brand and model number?

CBR900RR
05-19-2006, 02:32 AM
Uh...the Bluetooth on Blackberrys is not for data transfer. Not sure what you think the G is going to do that the C can't. Has nothing to do with what Bluetooth version it is.

And tethering is a WHOLE different mess.

Data transfer with bluetooth was being done a while ago, since desktop manager 4.1 and OS 4.1.

ChrisLuck
05-19-2006, 03:11 AM
You can use an adapter, but I have built in bluetooth on my laptop which i'll be using.

ANYONE know how I can get this 8700g unlocked though? All of the places that offer unlocking services online don't offer a service for the 8700g

asianmaze
05-19-2006, 08:21 AM
You've probably seen and tried this but thought I'd suggest in case you haven't:

http://www.blackberryforums.com/showthread.php?t=35417

NJBlackBerry
05-19-2006, 08:30 AM
Data transfers mean PIM data transfer (instead of syncing using the USB cable). You can not use the Bluetooth to transfer files, pictures, ringtones, themes, OS upgrades or Internet data.

Pizzle
05-19-2006, 06:20 PM
Data transfers mean PIM data transfer (instead of syncing using the USB cable). You can not use the Bluetooth to transfer files, pictures, ringtones, themes, OS upgrades or Internet data.


In my haste to provide an answer, I didn't think it through. I stand corrected. :)

ref18
05-19-2006, 07:37 PM
Have you thought of just switching the cases?

Putting the cingular guts inside the T-Mobile housing???

Just a thought, because aren't the units technologically identical???

Pizzle
05-19-2006, 08:44 PM
Just a thought, because aren't the units technologically identical???


Technologically, yes. Cosmetically, no.

azmmza
05-21-2006, 04:09 PM
if your friend owns the shop maybe he will give you a receipt showing you paid full boat for the phone. t-mobile should unlock it if you show them you paid full price

DuckWingDuck
05-21-2006, 10:33 PM
-c and -g are the same thing, just different casing.

elroncas
06-04-2006, 01:16 PM
You guys are nuts just let the poor phone live!!