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Old 07-16-2009, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in New York and going to Central Europe for 2 weeks. Verizon tells me my blackberry - it's of the 8300 series - won't work overseas and I have to get a loaner from them that will. Plus this whole Global package. Is there any way I can just get internet access over there on my existing blackberry? Any way to get a different card- I've read something about getting a new SIM card, but frankly i don't even know if blackberries have those. Sorry. Anyway, can anyone tell me if I can get around the stupid loaner blackberry issue? All I really need is the GPS.
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The 8330 is CDMA only. it doesn't have a sim. If you're renting a car, you can rent a GPS too at the same place.
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Your phone and Verizon are using CDMA technology. Most networks in Europe are GSM. It's a completely different network. Like using your TV to try to listen to a radio station.

There are a small number of phones, like the 8830 and I think the Storm, that can also be used overseas.

As for the SIM reference. AT&T and Tmobile are GSM so their phones can be used overseas with a different SIM, if unlocked and also if quad band. The GSM network frequencies in the US are different than in most of the world, so phones have to cover the 2 here and at least one of the overseas frequencies to work.
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