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Old 02-20-2010, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an unlocked blackberry pearl 8110 that was disconnected for non payment with At&T, it has no service anymore. I want to let my daughter use it, she has AT&T contract plan but she does not have any data plan that is required for a smart phone. Does unlocked mean that she can put her sim card into the bb pearl and will not incur extra charges? She will not have to pay smart phone fees right just whatever she is already paying right?
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Unlocked means that you can use any GSM SIM card in the device. You will still need a voice and data plan.

If the device is still associated with an unpaid account, I doubt that you can activate it, especially if it was an unpaid ATT account. Plus, ATT periodically scans the IMEIs on their network and it finds a device which requires a data plan with out one, they will automatically add it. So she will eventually have a voice and data plan whether she wants/needs it or not.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you! You told me exactly what I wanted to know, appreciate the fast response also.
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UnLocking a phone has to do with the provider. An ATT device can only be used with an ATT network, unless it is unlocked.

You should be able to put any ATT SIM into an ATT Device and get it to work as a phone.

BUT, there has been recent news that ATT is automatically changing your billling if they recognize your EMAI is a smart phone. That will add another $30/month to your bill.

I don't think the previous unpaid bill would be an issue, but it MIGHT, if they recognize the device.

If your account is in good standing, ATT will unlock your device for free so you can use pre-paid cards overseas. I have had all my BBs unlocked without an issue. There are also other 3rd party companies that unlock devices for a fee. But you don't need it unlocked if you plan to keep it on ATT.
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