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BulletSponge62485 04-16-2009 11:13 AM

Loosening Verizon's Grip?
 
Hello folks,

Not sure exactly the terminology, but I think I want to "unlock" my Storm. I am a Verizon customer, and I plan to stay one, but I want the features that RIM meant to be used on the Storm to be available for me to use. I basically, just want to use my phone the way it was meant to be used, and not have to pay Verizon a bunch of money for these "services". Things like the ability to tether my phone to my laptop, use GPS navigation, things of that nature.

So if unlocking is what I am wanting to do, does anyone know of a good tutorial on how to do it?

JSanders 04-16-2009 11:19 AM

Unlocking the device will do none of that.

As long as Verizon is your carrier, you only have the abilities they offer and under their contracts. You can't get around the tethering charges as long as you tethering on their network.

Does that make sense?

BulletSponge62485 04-16-2009 11:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JSanders (Post 1354900)
Unlocking the device will do none of that.

As long as Verizon is your carrier, you only have the abilities they offer and under their contracts. You can't get around the tethering charges as long as you tethering on their network.

Does that make sense?

It does make sense. I was hoping that there was a way. I know that when I had a Razr v3m from Verizon I was able to unlock the features and use it to teacher to my laptop and all that using the unlimited data plan that I already am paying for.

jsconyers 04-16-2009 11:30 AM

The BlackBerry is not a RAZR and cannot be "hacked" like a RAZR.

Furthermore, what you're trying to do is wrong IMO. You are trying to find a loophole to save you some money. That will only cause the rates to go up for everyone else and they will have to pick up the bill.

BulletSponge62485 04-16-2009 11:33 AM

I do not see it as wrong, nobody should be paying for it, I am paying for an unlimited amount of data usage, so what does it matter if that data is going directly to my BB, or going through my BB to my laptop. When paying for an unlimited data plan I personally feel that you should be able to use that data, without limits.

jsconyers 04-16-2009 11:38 AM

I see your point. However, your unlimited data really isn't "unlimited." It's capped at 5 gb. Verizon isn't the only carrier to limit it to 5 gb, nor are they the only carrier to add an additional charge for tethering.

CO_BBTechie 04-16-2009 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by BulletSponge62485 (Post 1354924)
... so what does it matter if that data is going directly to my BB, or going through my BB to my laptop. When paying for an unlimited data plan I personally feel that you should be able to use that data, without limits.

It matters... for starters, your unlimited plan was priced with the equipment you will be using in mind. You will use significantly more data on a laptop than you will on your hand held, thus taxing their systems more. This has to come from somewhere.

ndub33 04-16-2009 12:01 PM

The word "unlimited" is unfortunate, and most carriers are guilty of mis-using it. But-the previous posters are right, bandwidth isn't infinite, and limits (within reason) make the product more accessable for everyone.

As for charges for tethering are concerned, in a Free Enterprise society, companies have a right to charge for their services. As consumers, we need to make choices that best suit our needs. Is the best choice for each individual always there? No. This is why a competitive market is a good thing.

BulletSponge62485 04-16-2009 12:36 PM

I do think that you all have valid points. Also, I was unaware that there was a bandwidth cap.

JSanders 04-16-2009 12:48 PM

So we're back to "No"?

BulletSponge62485 04-16-2009 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by JSanders (Post 1355054)
So we're back to "No"?

It seems that way.

gshine666 04-17-2009 10:28 AM

What is verizon currently still blocking?

Dawg 04-17-2009 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by gshine666 (Post 1356017)
What is verizon currently still blocking?

Did you not read the thread?

gshine666 04-17-2009 03:17 PM

I guess not, I missed the part about tethering. All the other issued I'd had in the past with verizon blocking stuff seem to have been dealt with.

Thanks for your helpful reply.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Dawg (Post 1356022)
Did you not read the thread?


Dawg 04-17-2009 03:20 PM

Ok just wanted to make sure i hadnt missed something..

ScottRPriester 04-18-2009 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsconyers (Post 1354918)
The BlackBerry is not a RAZR and cannot be "hacked" like a RAZR.

Nor can any phone any longer.


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