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cartiel 08-18-2008 03:23 PM

what exactly are the benefits of an unlocked blackberry
 
i have a few simple questions. ive put in the mepd to get the hidden menu and it comes back unknown,can some one explain? i need to know if unlocking will enhance any of the media files features. and what exactly are the benifits of unlocking a blackberry;why do people pay for an unlocking?

jsconyers 08-18-2008 03:26 PM

Unlocking the device simply allows you to use it on another network. For example, I have a T-Mobile Curve but I am under contract with AT&T, I can unlock the device to use it on AT&T's network.

penguin3107 08-18-2008 03:27 PM

Unlocking won't do anything for you, because you're using a Verizon device on a CDMA network. Your phone is pretty much locked forever for use on Verizon's network.

Unlocking is popular for GSM phones, because it will easily allow you to use any carrier's SIM card in the device.

Unlocking also improves the resale value of your phone.

It has no effect on media files or device features.

sniffs 08-18-2008 03:29 PM

It also allows you to travel abroad and use those cheapo pre-paid sims inside your device without having to add international roaming/world traveler features onto your account.

RogersBTSC 08-18-2008 03:29 PM

Just keep in mind that when you acquire service with an unlocked phone that is not of the original phone purchase provider, the SP you're with most likely will turn you away when it comes to technical support as it is unlocked.

takeshi 08-19-2008 08:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cartiel (Post 1064988)
i need to know if unlocking will enhance any of the media files features.

Nope. It's a subsidy lock. Not a media/features lock.

Quote:

Originally Posted by cartiel (Post 1064988)
what exactly are the benifits of unlocking a blackberry;why do people pay for an unlocking?

Tons of info here (Google is your friend):
SIM lock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Quote:

Originally Posted by penguin3107 (Post 1064995)
Unlocking won't do anything for you, because you're using a Verizon device on a CDMA network. Your phone is pretty much locked forever for use on Verizon's network.

It should allow for the use of other carrier's SIM's while abroad though, IIRC.

rambo47 08-19-2008 09:43 AM

It should be noted that Verizon prevents the GSM portion of their 8830 from working in the U.S. It's designed strictly for traveling abroad.


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