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Old 02-14-2008, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a question on phone unlocking. First legality? What does unlocking a phone do? Can a carrier turn you away from providing you service to an unlocked phone? Lastly, can I get a 8820 (with wifi) and get it activated on Verizon network?

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Found the answer to my 8820 question. Never knew there were two different networks.

SO my next question is this. My contract is up with VW on the 25th. Should I get a BB from them or switch carriers. Are there favorites? I am in Phoenix, so all coverage is good here. I really like WiFi features that are available on GMS networks( HA sound like I know what I am talking about!) What would my fellow BB'ers do in my situation?
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I have a question on phone unlocking. First legality? What does unlocking a phone do? Can a carrier turn you away from providing you service to an unlocked phone? Lastly, can I get a 8820 (with wifi) and get it activated on Verizon network?

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Verizon has CDMA system, 8820 is a GSM device....so this is not a match . . . CDMA network providers may arbitrarily deny non-carrier devices operating on their network... GSM carriers do not, so long as the device is unlocked to accommodate a SIM card.
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well CDMA dont technically have to accept unlocked devices, eventually they will have to unlock their devices when asked, but this doesnt mean that you can use it on another network.
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Found the answer to my 8820 question. Never knew there were two different networks.

SO my next question is this. My contract is up with VW on the 25th. Should I get a BB from them or switch carriers. Are there favorites? I am in Phoenix, so all coverage is good here. I really like WiFi features that are available on GMS networks( HA sound like I know what I am talking about!) What would my fellow BB'ers do in my situation?

IMHO, you're best option would be a BB Curve 8320 from T-mobile. TMO offers the least expensive BB plan around, plus their wi-fi feature allows for unlicensed mobile access (UMA) system for wi-fi calling. . . 8320 also sports a megapixel camera while the 8820 does not have a camera.
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2.0 MP camera on the Curve Models. the 8320 is the same as the 8310 except the 8320 has WIFI and the 8310 has GPS
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Why can't there be both WiFi and GPS. I think the purposely toy with emotions.
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8820 has both GPS and WIFI, no camera
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As to whether you should switch FM verizon, it depends on whether you had a good experience with them and if you can live with a slower data network. T mobile is cheaper but their edge network is much slower than Verizon's evdo network. T mobile is supposed to get a 3g network on line but that may not happen for a few months and who knows how long it'll take for their whole net to be upgraded. If speed is what you like and you can live with a locked down phone and a higher priced data plan and you like verizon, then stick with them. If cost is more of a factor and you're willing to wait for tmo to get their 3g network up and tweaked, then by all means go with them. Then again both networks have wifi, so speed is off the table unless you're not in an area with a wifi hotspot.
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