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Old 09-17-2006, 03:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I was recently in America and picked up a Blackberry 6230 on closeout thinking it would be perfect for what I need. I don't need cutting edge, just an effective way to receive email when I'm out of the house (I work from home).

I brought the phone back to my country, and I found out that none of the carriers have blackberry plans! I was totally shocked.

All of the systems here are GRPS SIM. Is there anyway I can still check my email with the blackberry? I can get a service plan with unlimited GRPS, would that help?

I'm open to suggestions on how to get email working on this blackberry. I'm not interested in buying a different device.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 09-17-2006, 06:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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OK - the rest of this is if this link doesn't help:
https://www.blackberry.com/SoftwareD...ient=Z2fedFddN
That's a list of most of the BlackBerry providers globally, although the links on the page are to their firmware download page.

It would have been more helpful if you had given a hint as to what continent you're on let alone what country, but you managed to squeak out enough info that I might be able to get you started.

First, TURN ON THE DEVICE! The main screen should have some indication as to what service provider the device was originally with.

Since you said it's a GSM SIM device, it's most likely either T-Mobile or Cingular (although there are other providers too). If it's one of those, you're in luck. Simply contact them - they may have arrangements with a provider in your country as they both have fairly extensive global coverage. That said, it will probably be very expensive!

If it's neither of these providers and you can tell who the provider is (like Rogers), contact them. If this is the case and that provider has no solution, you'll probably need to get the device unlocked and go with either T-Mobile or Cingular.

Good luck!
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Old 09-17-2006, 07:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello,

Sorry for being ambiguous. I'm actually in Israel, and the blackberry 6230 is actually a T-Mobile global unlocked phone. The 2 carriers in my country are Orange (Israel) and Cellcom.

Does that help?

Thanks!
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As i understand it, it is unlikely you can use your device without a blackberry plan from your country's service providers. Although your service providers may offer GPRS data services, they have to offer a specific blackberry data for your device to get emails. However, you should be able to use the GSM (voice/text message) services with your device.

But based on a quick google search both carriers have announced some blackberry services (in 2005 - so plans may have been shelved). You may want to check with them again. See links below:
Cellcom : BlackBerry+Cellcom
Orange : BlackBerry+Orange

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