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Old 02-22-2010, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys.. im from South Africa (SA) and a blackerry costs me almost R4000 for the one i want.. one of my friends is going to USA and there its a lot cheaper..it works out to about R1500... if they get me the BB can it be imported and can i use the service providers in SA??

just need some advice with this please..

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Yes, it can be used, but it will need to be SIM unlocked. I recommend using our sponsor, HorizonWirelessOnline.com - Horizon Wireless, The World’s Cellular Repair Center , for unlocking your new device.
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It can be used as long as the device uses the same technology as your carrier of choice in South Africa, has the proper frequencies and is unlocked. But keep in mind that it is unlikely that your carrier will support the device nor would they be able to offer any warranty or technical help should you have problems.

And if you buy a used device on eBay or from any other source or person, you would have no assistance either. Buying used BBs can be problematic. Please see our FAQ for an article on buying a used BB on eBay. It has some good advice on buying any used BB, from eBay or elsewhere.
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It can be used as long as the device uses the same technology as your carrier of choice in South Africa, has the proper frequencies and is unlocked. But keep in mind that it is unlikely that your carrier will support the device nor would they be able to offer any warranty or technical help should you have problems.

And if you buy a used device on eBay or from any other source or person, you would have no assistance either. Buying used BBs can be problematic. Please see our FAQ for an article on buying a used BB on eBay. It has some good advice on buying any used BB, from eBay or elsewhere.
As all GSM BlackBerry devices sold now are quad-band GSM, and all of the carriers in SA are GSM-based, then any unlocked GSM BlackBerry will work.

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