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Old 11-14-2013, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im getting a blackberry for a business phone, i bought one off ebay a curve 9780. i was wondering what cell service would be best? i have red pocket for my everyday normal phone, i had straight talk, but when i had the bring your own phone sim card, it was tmobile, i dont know if it was just for my iphone, but i could never get anything more than edge. i was thinking about getting boost mobile. any thoughts?
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Boost will not work with the 9780. You will need to use a GSM carrier like AT&T or T-Mobile and get a BlackBerry data plan. The device you bought must also be unlocked.
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thank you, do you know if i will be able to get 3g with t-mobile, the phone is unlocked.
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thank you, do you know if i will be able to get 3g with t-mobile, the phone is unlocked.
Unlikely, but it depends on where you live.
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Unlikely, but it depends on where you live.
Why unlikely, T-Mobile 3g is pretty much everywhere. 4G was a problem they are addressing.
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The 9780 supports T-Mobile's HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 so as long as you have TMO 3G in your area you should be good. Best to speak to some local people who have TMO service to confirm 3G in your area. Don't trust carrier coverage maps as there are often gaps in locations in which they claim to have full coverage.
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Why unlikely, T-Mobile 3g is pretty much everywhere. 4G was a problem they are addressing.
The bands... There are some areas where T-Mobile has 3G on 850 and 1900, but it's not everywhere. 1700 is their most prevalent.

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The 9780 supports T-Mobile's HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 so as long as you have TMO 3G in your area you should be good. Best to speak to some local people who have TMO service to confirm 3G in your area. Don't trust carrier coverage maps as there are often gaps in locations in which they claim to have full coverage.
I'm pretty sure not all 9780s support 1700. I know even with the 9900 you had to get a T-Mobile branded one if you wanted 3G nationwide. Most unlocked versions sold on eBay will only support 850, 900, 1900, and 2100 3G/4G.

The OPs device box should say what bands it has.
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The 9780 supports T-Mobile's HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 so as long as you have TMO 3G in your area you should be good. Best to speak to some local people who have TMO service to confirm 3G in your area. Don't trust carrier coverage maps as there are often gaps in locations in which they claim to have full coverage.

I find it hard to believe carriers would exaggerate coverage they have or if the other guys are worse.
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