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Old 06-30-2009, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

According to the specs on the BlackBerry site, the Tour 9630 will support the following radio standards:

- GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- UMTS 2100 + HSPA (7.2 Mbps down? / 2.0 Mbps up?)

Now, my question is: will the Tour be usable in an GSM/UMTS only environment?

I'm asking this because I was hoping to replace my Bold and upgrade to the Tour, as I am in preference for the faster HSPA data speeds supported by the Tour.

Am also very much aware that the Tour comes with a SIM card slot, meaning I can use it on such networks. But the question stands as to whether a CDMA-based service needs to be "active" on the handset _before_ I can make use of the Tour's GSM and UMTS based capabilities.

TIA for any feedback!
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These world phones work almost anywhere where there are no CDMA networks at all.
Old 06-30-2009, 10:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you buy from Carrier it will be locked....but you can get them to unlock it also.
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Keep in mind when you're in the states (U.S.) that you'll only be able to use the EVDO/3G and and not the UMTS portion from the sim. Verizon has this locked down for preventing users to not being able to stick a ATT Sim to use their 3G network i.e. not including the frequency bands that they use So they have rogue customers trying to buy their products to use on a different network.

Now if you go Abroad, it is then , you'll be able to use the GSM/UMTS in area's that don't have CDMA and have it work.

Some say that the unlocking may be the same when the Storm comes out, but only time will tell when the device comes out and can be tested, but keep in mind, in theory if it does work when someone tests it, Verizon will probably removed the frequency band for UMTS which means you'll only be able to use EDGE if you stick in a ATT sim, or Tmo sim. (Tmo will probably don't work either way cuz they use a different 3G frequency)
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