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Old 07-08-2008, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am considering buying a bb from someone from craigslist to avoid using my upgrade with ATT. I am going to use the upgrade for the Bold whenever it comes out.

What do I need to do to make sure I do not buy a stolen BB? People will not tell you that its stolen and I do not unknowingly want to attempt to use a stolen phone.

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Old 07-08-2008, 07:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is hard to tell. If you had VZW, and activation of a stolen phone is impossible, you could always call ahead with the ESN and have them run it. With ATT, you theoretically could use a stolen phone without anyone noticing. I know, because a former friend of mine was using a stolen Treo on ATT in the past, with no problems (besides moral and ethical).
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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just buy the phone from the carrier.

That way you know its not stolen.

Other wise, you will never know.
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Start here:

http://www.blackberryforums.com/buy-...lackberry.html

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Old 07-08-2008, 08:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies.

Jerzey Jon, I am trying save money on a phone that I am going to use a month or two...assuming the Bold comes out by then. The used 8310 on Craigslist is $250 compared to $350 from ATT.

Thatzmister...thanks for the link.
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Thanks for the replies.

Jerzey Jon, I am trying save money on a phone that I am going to use a month or two...assuming the Bold comes out by then. The used 8310 on Craigslist is $250 compared to $350 from ATT.

Thatzmister...thanks for the link.
You might also try the WTS Section here. You can look at a members feedback and get some additional reassurance. I have bought a device here. If you are buying off of craigslist I would not but unless they can provide Ebay feedback.

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Thanks for the replies.

Jerzey Jon, I am trying save money on a phone that I am going to use a month or two...assuming the Bold comes out by then. The used 8310 on Craigslist is $250 compared to $350 from ATT.

Thatzmister...thanks for the link.
Just missed this one:

WTS: New Blackberry 8310 Titanium (AT&T)

This one is still up:

WTS: Blackberry 8310 or 8300

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Old 07-08-2008, 10:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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check the imei and all that **poopie** with VeRiZoN

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LongIsland, please watch your language on the forums here.

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Wirelessly posted (at&t BlackBerry 8310)

I bought my 8310 from at&t for $99, after a $100 rebate. So with all the reasurance I get for buying straight from at&t and it only being $100 in the long run, I would say straight from the carrier is the way to go.
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True, buying from the carrier is a good deal and the only way to be 100% positive the BB isn't stolen. But the OP stated he wanted to save his upgrade for the Bold. Buying used is a great idea but always risky. Try getting the IMEI number from the seller and see if Verizon can verify it's not stolen.
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Wirelessly posted (at&t BlackBerry 8310)

I bought my 8310 from at&t for $99, after a $100 rebate. So with all the reasurance I get for buying straight from at&t and it only being $100 in the long run, I would say straight from the carrier is the way to go.
Same here, although AT&T has not sent me my $100 rebate card yet! Them stingy rascals.
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Old 07-09-2008, 10:48 AM   #14 (permalink)
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thatboiwes, Johnny909, are you guys talking about buying a phone WITHOUT signing a 2-yr contract? $99 after a rebate sounds like it is.

As Rambo pointed out, I am waiting for the Bold to come out for me to sign another 2 yr contract(upgrade).
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Ask the carrier if they will upgrade you to the bold when it comes out if you sign now with a "loaner"
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thatboiwes, Johnny909, are you guys talking about buying a phone WITHOUT signing a 2-yr contract? $99 after a rebate sounds like it is.

As Rambo pointed out, I am waiting for the Bold to come out for me to sign another 2 yr contract(upgrade).
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