Originally Posted by scrubjay
If you are a Nextel Subscriber and are thinking about buying a Blackberry, beware! I recently purchased a NEW Blackbery 6510 on eBay with the idea that I could swap my activation from my Nextel i58SR to the 6510. I wasn't interested in the email or browsing features just the added capability of having a large "Address Book, Calendar, Tasks, and Memo Pad." Little did I know that Nextel WILL NOT activate your phone if you DO NOT accept one of the Blackberry plans. I spoke to 3 customer service reps and 2 supervisors without success. Now I have a real nice LCD screen Rock! I'll just use it as a PDA for now. Nice being able to type in all your stuff on the home computer and downloading it to the 6500 but I can't use it as a phone. BEWARE folks. Don't buy unless you want all of the Blackerry Services! I learned that lesson too late.
I just recently upgraded my Nextel from i860 (used it for 5 months) to the BB 7520 a lil over a month ago. What I know of, is that you cannot use your existing NEXTEL SIM card of an old phone (in my case it was even THAT old) for your Blackberry since BBs' SIMs are confirgured differently. I know this because when I got my BB 7520 and tried to swap my i860 SIM (the lazy way of uploading one's contact lists) to my new device.
When I updated my SIM and called "corporate accounts" (they have special department for corporate accounts), they did not push me into getting the data service plan which was $44 something extra on top of your Free Incoming Call Service Plan. Which in my case totals $87-95/month (luckily I have 18% discount because of my corporate account). But what good does it do getting a Blackberry if you will not use what's its basically designed for, right? Push emails and all.
I think it all boils to where you get your device -- Nextel did not push me to set up a Data Plan Service when I upgraded. Your case could be that you got it from ebay? I do not know.
But I'm sorry to hear about your purchase of your BB through eBay. I did purchase the t-mobile 7100t through ebay as well. It was brand new and got it for $276 but the moment I got it, qwerty keyboard just too small for my digits. Had to sell it for $200 the next day co'z I think it just wasn't worth switching to another carrier :(
Good luck! Incase you might need help with corporate accounts.. maybe there is something I can do....