BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-24-2007, 01:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
Knows Where the Search Button Is
 
chanesworth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Model: 8700g
Carrier: Tmobile
Posts: 23
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Newbie: Why unlock blackberry?

Please Login to Remove!

Sorry for such a newbie question but I am not sure what "unlocking" a blackberry means. I assume that it will let you take your tmobile blackberry and then go get a cingular calling plan. I don't know if I am getting this right. But what would be some of the other benefits of unlocking your blackberry? Lastly, do the cell companies do this for you, or is it something that is taboo?

Thanks
Offline  
Old 01-24-2007, 01:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
BBF Moderator
 
John Clark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Model: Z30
OS: 10.2.1.x
PIN: s & needles
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 34,667
Post Thanks: 1
Thanked 84 Times in 65 Posts
Default

Yes, it allows you to take, for example, a TMobile branded BB and use a cingular sim card and voice/data plan. Or you can travel abroad and use local prepaid sim cards (voice only.) Without unlocking only a TMobile sim sim/plan will work.

Whether or not the carrier will do it depends on the carrier. TMo will do it if your account has been active and in good standing for 90 days. And then you can only do one phone per number every 90 days. Other carriers vary in policy.
Offline  
Old 01-24-2007, 01:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
CrackBerry Addict
 
dgray8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: halfway between here and there
Model: 8100
Carrier: Cingular/AT&T
Posts: 608
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

most companies will at least submit a request for an unlock code....then you usually get notified if it was granted or denied.
__________________
A wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.
Blackberry 8100
http://www.picresize.com/
Offline  
Old 01-24-2007, 01:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
CrackBerry Addict
 
dgray8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: halfway between here and there
Model: 8100
Carrier: Cingular/AT&T
Posts: 608
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

some circumstances are easier to get granted an unlock code for than others....for example: you're moving to an area where your current provider has little or no coverage.
__________________
A wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.
Blackberry 8100
http://www.picresize.com/
Offline  
Old 01-25-2007, 08:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
BlackBerry Mensa
 
takeshi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Houston
Model: 8310
Carrier: at&t
Posts: 7,741
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chanesworth
But what would be some of the other benefits of unlocking your blackberry?
The only benefit is being able to use another carrier's SIM. Though I guess resale value is generally better on unlocked deivces.
Offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





Copyright 2004-2014 BlackBerryForums.com.
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.