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Old 01-27-2010, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What does one mean by "Rebranding" a phone?
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Rebranding...by definition could be a number of things:

1) When the physical branding is missing, and is replaced.
2) When the vendor ID of a device is that of RIM or another carrier, and changed.
3) When the boot up splash screen is that of RIM or another carrier, and changed.
4) When the default theme is that of another carrier, and changed.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well. Was having some connectivity problems with a 9530...

Storm 9530 SOS

End result is my friend carried the phone to a local blackberry repair store and they told her the phone got locked, so they are going to rebrand the phone and then unlock it again so it could work on our network.

Does this make sense?
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This should be really interesting to follow.

Please keep us up-to-date on what happens.

You actually have a "local blackberry repair store"?
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Well. They sell Blackberrys and Blackberry accessories. They also do repairs on Blackberrys so.... I guess? lol

I personally think that rebrand thing is a load of bull. Just my opinion.

Your opinion?
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Also agree.
If it was unlocked, theres no way it can re-lock itself.
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A device is never "unbranded". Well, except...

Was it unlocked with the MFI software? That can screw up a device easily.

Let me ask this, where did she buy the device? New, used, from Rico on the street corner, eBay? Details help.
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A device is never "unbranded". Well, except...

Was it unlocked with the MFI software? That can screw up a device easily.

Let me ask this, where did she buy the device? New, used, from Rico on the street corner, eBay? Details help.
At this point in time, I'm really not sure. I'll speak with her later and find out. Only thing I know about this phone for sure is that it is an unlocked Verizon phone.
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9530's were not unlockable, or even recognized by the leaked version of the MFI software. Anything newer than the 9000 requires a newer version of the software and configuration files.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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She gets the phone back tomorrow. Will update then.
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Update...

As expected. "Rebranding" the phone did not work..
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