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Old 05-12-2008, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I have a total Noob question...I tried searching the forums but couldn't get a clear cut answer to my question. I have been a long time Sprint Customer and They recently royaly pissed me off and I've about had it with them. I recently purchased a 8330 Curve from them. And now I am thinking of jumping ship to the Verizon network...I know Verizon usses the same 8330 Model...my question is if I can get the phone unlocked and then flashed with Verizons software would I be able to use the phone on their network??

i would much better do that then have to buy a whole new phone...any info you guys can give me would be great. I tried calling the local VZ store and they are just morons they have no idea what I was talking about. so please let me know. Thanks!

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Old 05-12-2008, 12:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, can't do that.... at least not yet (and no idea when CDMA devices can be unlocked).

If you *just* bought it, can you return it (or send it to me ?
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Verizon will not activate a non-Verizon branded device on their network. Same with Sprint. It has to be a Verizon phone before VZW will activate it. Flashing won't change the ESN or PIN.
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Verizon is supposedly opening its network to all capable devices. I am unsure when this is supposed to become a reality. I thought soon...



Verizon plans to open network to others' devices | Reuters

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Old 05-12-2008, 07:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Well I have a total Noob question...I tried searching the forums but couldn't get a clear cut answer to my question. I have been a long time Sprint Customer and They recently royaly pissed me off and I've about had it with them. I recently purchased a 8330 Curve from them. And now I am thinking of jumping ship to the Verizon network...I know Verizon usses the same 8330 Model...my question is if I can get the phone unlocked and then flashed with Verizons software would I be able to use the phone on their network??

i would much better do that then have to buy a whole new phone...any info you guys can give me would be great. I tried calling the local VZ store and they are just morons they have no idea what I was talking about. so please let me know. Thanks!

- M

I say return it once you get it & port your # over to Verizon....although Sprint offers more choice, Verizon is $10 cheaper.

Check out this link in the meantime....
BlackBerry Curve 8330 Face-Off: Sprint vs. Verizon Wireless
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Old 05-12-2008, 08:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Verizon is supposedly opening its network to all capable devices. I am unsure when this is supposed to become a reality. I thought soon...



Verizon plans to open network to others' devices | Reuters
I wouldn't hold my breath about it - from either Verizon or Sprint.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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my question is if I can get the phone unlocked and then flashed with Verizons software would I be able to use the phone on their network??
Changing the OS to switch carriers isn't necessary on the BB. The service books are what really matter. Though it's a moot point anyway since you can't use a Sprint BB with VZW.
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