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Old 08-25-2009, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am travelling to Paris shortly and have a BB 8830 World Edition on the Bell Canada network.

Their roaming charges are ridiculously expensive.

What are my options?

Can i unlock the phone and use a local SIM in Paris?
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yes, but you won't have data.
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yes, but you won't have data.
I could live with that.

BTW - This is a personal phone that is on a corporate BES.

Any suggestions on where to go for unlocking?
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You might simply want to talk to your carrier. Unlocking the 8830, at least in the versions used in the States, has most often been something that the carrier opens up -- usually quite readily -- for you. Your experience in our neighbor to the north might be different.

Note that when using a foreign SIM you will also have a different phone number as well as no access to data.
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I asked my provider (Bell Canada) and they can't unlock the phone for me :(
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hi shaf .. would you be willing to send me your service books?
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hi shaf .. would you be willing to send me your service books?
how??
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more to the point...why?
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hi shaf .. would you be willing to send me your service books?
That's OT.

Any other suggestions for my trip and how to use my phone cost effectively?
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They're pretty much posted above. Have you checked into an unlocking service?
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One option -- perhaps not the one you want to hear if only because of address books and the like -- is to purchase an inexpensive cell phone while in Paris.
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Ask Bell if they have any travel packs that can be added to your account? They did something like that for me when I was travelling to the US in May. I know that Rogers definitely does as I was inquiring about them for one of your guys travelling to Spain next month.
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sorry, one of our guys ;)

And I saw on the Bell site that they want to charge you $51.20/MB roaming ?!?!?! Definitely ask if they have some sort of package. Rogers rate just for roaming was $32/MB.
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Orange works better than SFR (Vodafone) in Paris. I use to live there.
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I used my 8830 all over France, and Sprint didn't sting me too hard for roaming & data (it's a business line, and a US$300 phone bill for a month of European service isn't a huge deal).

BUT- If you don't want to have that kind of surprise when you get home, get a local SIM. Go to Continent, Darty, Auchan or similar when you get there, and sign up for local service. You'll lose your North American phone number, and you can't get a data plan without signing up for a 1 year contract, but at least you'll have reasonably priced phone service.

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I agree that a local pre-paid phone is probably your best deal. There are kiosks right in the airports that sell 'em.
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Thanks! I just need to find a cheap unlocking service...
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