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Old 12-20-2009, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Living in Malaysia, and just this weekend was in a local technology mall (low yat in KL) and bought two blackberry curve phones as xmas gifts. However, I am a little concerned as to whether these phones are original or not. How can I find out for sure? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, as I want to return them ASAP if they are not (if they even let me). I was assured they are original. My suspicion has been aroused based on a simple issue, and that is the fact that the backplate is a plastic back plate and not a steel one which I have come to know is a bit of a BB trademark on their smart phones.

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Old 12-20-2009, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't believe ANY blackberry has EVER had a steel back.
I know the 9000 didn't.
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you could be right MidnightDraven, but I thought they were quite common. My BB storm 1 has a steel cover. I know this should not be the reason to susupect. I am just a little nervous buying stuff in this part of the world, especially tech gear. However, this is my only source at present, so made the plunge. It may be fine.....just wanted to understand how I can find out for sure?
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Try activating one on your carrier. Switch devices on your BIS for one of the new BB's and see if it takes. You can always switch back to your current device and not lose anything and not permanently tie one of the new BB's to your account. Nothing better than a test drive.

To echo what MD said, I've had close to a dozen different BlackBerrys and none has had a steel backplate. Plastic all, and in the case of the Bold, plastic with faux leather.

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Old 12-21-2009, 02:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Rambo is right. This is the only way to do that !
But there is another way too, if you check under Options | About you can make sure it has an OS version number. Also you can check under Options | Status and make sure it has an IMEI and a PIN nunber.
A BlackBerry has multiple layers of security so it's br pretty hard to make a fake one.

Mr. Rambo please correct me if I am wrong !

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