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Old 07-11-2008, 06:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My girlfriend just acquired a Verizon World Edition Blackberry 8830. The phone is still in the exchange warranty period which is good because for some reason I didn't even notice that this phone does not have a camera.

We bought the world edition because of intentions to travel to Mexico and Spain and down the road other destinations.

I have read that Verizon's World edition does not work in all foreign locations and a quad band phone would be better suited.

Does anyone have expertise using Verizon's World Edition phone in Latin America?

I carry a TMO Blackberry Curve for data/email only and a Verizon LG VX8700 for voice. I am wondering if I should exchange the GF's world edition for a phone with a camera which is what she would like.

Thanks for any comments.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You need to be more specific about your needs. Mexico, yes. Spain, yes. Unknown countries, unknown.
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i'm not a huge fan of the world edition
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That's really going to depend on your needs. I have the 8830 from Sprint, and I've been quite pleased with European coverage and service. Having said that, your TMO will probably work almost anywhere. As for the camera, I'd rather not waste the space on a camera in a phone -- but that's me.
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i'm not a huge fan of the world edition
It would help to give your reasons.

I'll be trying my 8830 in Italy in a few weeks--we'll see how that goes. Wish my Pearl would work over there.
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Hola Orgullo, I can probably help you out...I have an office in San Diego and Cancun and spend alot of time traveling between the two. I work putting golf course projects together (design, construction and management) which takes me all over Mexico and Latin America. Originally I had the 8830 with the international plan...it worked great wherever I traveled and CS was different for World Plan users...really good. I changed to AT&T and an 8310 for a few reasons...coverage and cost with international plan was same as VZW, I needed the GPS and the camera for work. I still have the 8830 and went back and tried an 8130 on a pay as you go data plan for Mexico, which is .005 us per kb....not bad as long as you dont do any web or send heavy emails...which did not work out for me as I needed to send pictures.

Overall though, but for the lack of camera, the 8830 was a great phone...and if you pay for tethering it works in Mexico.

Just remembered, I forgot to mention that Verizon dropped their roaming agreement with Iusacell (mex cdma provider), they are now with Sprint, so there are coverage issues. I still have my verizon, which is on the old North Americas Choice plan, and I use that for voice only...hope that helps.
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Hola Orgullo, I can probably help you out...I have an office in San Diego and Cancun and spend alot of time traveling between the two. I work putting golf course projects together (design, construction and management) which takes me all over Mexico and Latin America. Originally I had the 8830 with the international plan...it worked great wherever I traveled and CS was different for World Plan users...really good. I changed to AT&T and an 8310 for a few reasons...coverage and cost with international plan was same as VZW, I needed the GPS and the camera for work. I still have the 8830 and went back and tried an 8130 on a pay as you go data plan for Mexico, which is .005 us per kb....not bad as long as you dont do any web or send heavy emails...which did not work out for me as I needed to send pictures.

Overall though, but for the lack of camera, the 8830 was a great phone...and if you pay for tethering it works in Mexico.

Just remembered, I forgot to mention that Verizon dropped their roaming agreement with Iusacell (mex cdma provider), they are now with Sprint, so there are coverage issues. I still have my verizon, which is on the old North Americas Choice plan, and I use that for voice only...hope that helps.

I'm with VZW and will be traveling to Mexico (cancun) soon. I am looking at the Bold w/AT&T but the recent details on the VZW Storm has me thinking about waiting. When I look on the VZW international site Mexico has No Coverage. So what's the true story?
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Verizon (CDMA) does not have coverage in Mexico.
There are several mobile carriers (GSM) in Mexico.

To get phone/data coverage outside of the US (with Verizon) your choice is the 8830. It has CDMA (for North America) and GSM (for the rest of the world).
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Verizon (CDMA) does not have coverage in Mexico.
There are several mobile carriers (GSM) in Mexico.

To get phone/data coverage outside of the US (with Verizon) your choice is the 8830. It has CDMA (for North America) and GSM (for the rest of the world).
Thanks for the reply NJ. Wonder why then VZW's site shows no coverage even for their world global phone (of which the 8830 and soon to be storm) is part of. Even if data is not available I need voice coverage.
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It looks like two Mexican carriers I checked operate on the 1900 MHz frequencies. While most GSM phones will work there, the 8830 does not have a 1900 MHz radio. Only 900/1800.
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