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Old 08-14-2007, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Question Cannot unlock my AT&T Blackberry Curve!

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this is crazy! i recently bought my Blackberry Curve on eBay. it is locked to AT&T. even though it wasn't in original packaging the phone was new (plastic on the screen and everything). anyways, since then i have been trying to unlock it with about 5 different firms with reputable feedback but no one was able to unlock it. i start to suspect that there might be some lock which cannot be unlocked or something. did anyone have the same problem? can you share some tips.

any tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!! thank you!!!
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Old 08-14-2007, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wirelessly posted (Breaking Ball: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) BlackBerry8300/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

Have you tried http://www.gsmphonesource.com ?

If he can't get you a working unlock code... Then nobody can. ;)
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Old 08-14-2007, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wirelessly posted (Breaking Ball: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) BlackBerry8300/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

Have you tried GSM PhoneSource - When Only The Best Will Do ?

If he can't get you a working unlock code... Then nobody can. ;)
thank you for such a quick reply! gsmsource could not find unlock code either. they offered me another option to unlock it through RIM it costs $50 and takes 7 days. the thing is that i called to RIM to inquire about that a little more. customer service rep told me that firstly, they don't offer unlocking for blackberrys and secondly, he was not able to find this blackberry on their system. then just in case, he checked other system and found it with the status showing that it supposed to be in their warehouse waiting to be a replacement for some other broken blackberry.
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Why do I have a feeling you got scammed?
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Why do I have a feeling you got scammed?
i hope not. but can you specify how? thank you!
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if it isnt able to be unlocked it means it was a Internal Rim device.. and that someone stole it out of the warehouse..
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I hope you will post appropriate seller comments on Ebay. Some of the these Ebay scammers need to brought to light. Your negative comments on the exact issue will be helpful to future buyers.

Oh yea, might read this next time:
Buying a BlackBerry off eBay - BlackBerryFAQ

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Old 10-01-2007, 05:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
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ok, I actually unlocked blackberry through AT&T. I got lucky and got it for free. They send me unlock code withing 3 days. How cool is that! I am happy that I am over that mess. For people out there reading this thread. My recommendation is to buy new, unlocked blackberry. Sure you might be paying a bit extra, but nothing could compensate the amount of trouble I needed to get to get this one unlocked. Thanks everyone for suggestions!
Cheers!

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Old 10-01-2007, 08:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If it's any help, I just had my 8300 (AT&T) unlocked though Unlock Your Blackberry - LOWEST PRICE ON THE WEB! they only charged me $20 and I had my
unlock code in less than 24 hours, and 'YES' the unlocked code worked
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In most cases you cannot purchase new unlocked BlackBerrys. The carrier devices are obviously locked to their carrier. Unlocked devices are normally sold by third-party vendors who get their devices and unlock themselves. And, normally, those units have very little if any warranty from a retailer.
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In most cases you cannot purchase new unlocked BlackBerrys. The carrier devices are obviously locked to their carrier. Unlocked devices are normally sold by third-party vendors who get their devices and unlock themselves. And, normally, those units have very little if any warranty from a retailer.
All blackberries have 1 year RIM manufacturing warranty even if it belongs to a different carrier. Imagine a situation when you purchased you blackberry through say AT&T and used their services for six month and then decided to switch carrier. After another months you are experiencing problems with your blackberry . You call to AT&T to fix it, but they tell you :Sorry, we cannot fix it for you because you are not our customer anymore. Where are you going to call next. My option was, of course RIM. The only problem was that my blackberry end up being refurbished (coz I was stupid enough to purchase it out of the box) and RIM told me that warranty has expired on this one. Or, to be precise this blackberry never had any warranty on their systems. I think the reason was was because it stolen from RIM warehouse.

***Never buy blackberry on Ebay when the ad says: New RIM Blackberry, but no original box and half of original accessories are missing.

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That's not quite true. RIM does not warranty unlocked Blackberrys. The warranty goes through the carrier, to RIM. You can't get another carrier's BB directly warranted by RIM. That is the risk you take when using one carrier's phone on another carrier's network.
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I agree, the RIM warranty "should" be there for a year, but often, as you described, the carrier may not service that warranty any longer if you are not their customer. RIM often steps up and takes care of their obligation, but the whole process is one to avoid if possible, as you found out. There are many stolen and lost BBs floating around out there. I have read on here even pre-release BlackBerrys are not warrantied.

That being said, I have purchased two used BBs in the past year, both have been great devices, purchased from trustworthy sellers on this board. If I had a problem with the phone six months later, I would be in a fix, to get it fixed.

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if it isnt able to be unlocked it means it was a Internal Rim device.. and that someone stole it out of the warehouse..
That couldnt be further from the truth. No carrier gets 100% of the unlock codes from the manufacturer since not all customers will be needing to unlock their phone.

Thats why I offer another service that takes longer and gets it from a source that doesnt rely on what the carrier has access to.

I always prefer to get the unlock code for the customer the cheapest and fastest way but it doesnt always work out that way
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