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Old 04-04-2005, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Foreign Blakberry activation in Canada, Rogers

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I have unlocked BB 7290 and want to register it on Rogers network.I already have an account and when try to use my new PIN and IMEI itgives me an error: that they are not found. Rogers rep tells me that they do not support foreign ie unlocked Cingular Blackberries. Is this true? Any way around it?
Helps is much appreciated. Wojtek
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Not true - I have a Vodafone branded 7100v that was unlocked by the guys at, and working perfectly on Rogers. Go to Settings -> SIM card -> type "mepd" and if you have 5 categories showing, it means it is still locked. Only if you select SIM card and it shows "Security Disabled", then it is truly unlocked.
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Default Similar case resolved. Reprovision with RIM

Had a similar case with a truly unlocked cingular for which I paid full unsubsidized price. You should contact RIM and have them reprovision your pin/imei to work with Rogers. Your dealer should be able to do this. Don't know if any proof of unsubsidized purchase is necessary..

Seems like when RIM sells units to providers they insert the pin/imeis in their database and you can only setup the account with the cingular webclient. So unit is 'unlocked' but provisioned to a provider. Just another hassle to get/keep you signed up with the provider that sold the unit.
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When RIM make Blackberries, they're assigned a code which is similar to a batch number. Each batch is then sent to one particular carrier.

By default, that carrier is then assigned that batch number on RIMs internal systems. It is possible for RIM to add the batch number to any carrier but that then means that any device made in that batch can be used to create an account on the original carriers BWC site. Therefore, what they usually do is:

1) you phone your carrier (the one whose SIM you have) and give them your prefered user name, an alternative in case that's taken, your name, your PIN and your chosen password.
2) The carrier passes it on to RIM who create the account for you and lets the carrier know
3) The carrier tells you it's done.

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