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Need some expert advice from all you experienced BB users.

I need a phone that is going to work in India (using an Indian SIM.) the BB is quadband and suits me perfectly.

My options are:

1. Sign up with Cingular and get a 7100g for free. Ask them to unlock it when I go to India in Dec. WILL THIS WORK? Has anyone successfully convinced Cingular to unlock their 7100G? I *know*AT&T does not unlock GSM phones.

2. Sign up with TMobile and get a 7100t for a small fee. Ask them to unlock it - I have read they do so willingly.

3. Buy an unlocked 7100G on eBay for $200 and then get either Cingular or Tmobile and also use it in India with an Indian SIM.


What do you guys recommend is the best approach - the flexibility of having an unlocked BB with no contract commitment, or unlocking a BB while in contract. Cingular is my preference but I haven't see a definitive "Yes, Cingular unlocks your phone" yet.


Thanks a ton!
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Need some expert advice from all you experienced BB users.

I need a phone that is going to work in India (using an Indian SIM.) the BB is quadband and suits me perfectly.

My options are:

1. Sign up with Cingular and get a 7100g for free. Ask them to unlock it when I go to India in Dec. WILL THIS WORK? Has anyone successfully convinced Cingular to unlock their 7100G? I *know*AT&T does not unlock GSM phones.

First off no buts about it ATT/Cingular will not unloack a device of any sort for you, be it a BB, there's or some other carriers.

2. Sign up with TMobile and get a 7100t for a small fee. Ask them to unlock it - I have read they do so willingly.

TMo seem to be the most flexible when It comes to unlocking but you need to be in good standings with them 3-6mo of up to date billing.

3. Buy an unlocked 7100G on eBay for $200 and then get either Cingular or Tmobile and also use it in India with an Indian SIM.

The best of both worlds as you get the phone you want and choice of carrier no matter where you are. Though, if you have a warranty issue it could be void do to the unlocking of the device.

What do you guys recommend is the best approach - the flexibility of having an unlocked BB with no contract commitment, or unlocking a BB while in contract. Cingular is my preference but I haven't see a definitive "Yes, Cingular unlocks your phone" yet.

If you have time in hand to get yourself into good standings with TMo that's the route I'd take. Great phone, unlocked and warranty should require for a full year.

Thanks a ton!
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Old 10-03-2005, 09:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks finch!

Do you know of any other downsides to buying an unlocked BB besides the warranty issue? Will the carrier allow me to add a phone damage protection plan onto my service for an unlocked phone? Can I trust eBay sellers to send me one that truly is unlocked (have any of you done this?)
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there are alot offolks who claim to sell unlocked items and when you get them they arent I would correspond with the seller and make him give you some sort of guarantee thatthe item is unlocked and works. I do not ever buy electronics from ebay i have been burnt way to many times.
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About using a 7100t in India...

I got one unlocked from Ebay and then got it activated on Airtel. However, I do not think I am able to use Blackberry services as they told me that they do not service those 7100's not bought from their company. However, phone services are working fine.

On another thread, it was implied that you can infact get blackberry services with a blackberry not purchased from Airtel, but it costs more than twice the usual charge at 1099 INR.

So, that may be a factor in deciding whether to buy it in the US or in India.

Does anyone have any other clarification/insight/experience with this?
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Thanks for the info Chris! I will only be needing phone services while in India so this should work fine.

However, I just went down to the Wireless shop and was told that if I get Cingular service on the unlocked 7100t I will not be able to send/rcv email. The guy I got it from on eBay said it would work!!

Has anyone tried this???

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There should be no issue as long as you are paying for service in my experience.

Some of our phones i think are purchased from a third party and we've not had any issues with them.
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Nelle, forget about ATT/Cingular those nutts will not help you no matter what... T-mo is fine as last post says.. but if you can get an unlocked BB from after market it will work. I took one to india about 4 months back. it was 7230 and worked with phone and data plan. Airtel told me that they will not support this but after a little game they did it and worked fine..
My fear is that some time they are restricting the the outside BB just by selling the BB thru their network.. well that should not stop you.
Good luck., please post the experience after you deal with Airtel or others in India
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Just my opinion, but if you're not concerned about bb services abroad, I would just purchase an inexpensive, unlocked 2nd phone. I would personally prefer to leave my bb at home when traveling abroad to avoid loss/damage/theft often inherent in travelling.
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Cingular will unlock your BB if you've been with them long enough. However, as someone said above. you'll be happier with a simple phone for voice. Cingular has an unlimited international data plan, which eliminates the need for getting BB service with another provider.

The "gotcha" could be that Cingular will get ugly if you're out of the US too much. I'm doing this experiment next year (30 days in Hong Kong - one week home - one week in Germany).

I'm pretty sure that's not long enough to get Cingular excited, and will report back after the travel is done.

If you'll be in India for several months, you might be best off to get a 2nd BB over there.
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