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Old 11-14-2007, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just in London and Barcelona...my Blackberry 8830 said "SOS" in the top left of the screen where it should be showing bars of service. I was using the Verizon provided SIM card but the phone was totally useless-- it disrupted a lot of my business plans. Any ideas why this happened and how to make sure it doesnt happen again next trip??

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Old 11-14-2007, 05:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello, I'm in HK now and using my Sprint 8830. I'm on the 69 bucks international unlimited data plan and so far it works wonder for me in Hog Kong and China. One thing is, even prior I can still utilising Int'l roaming voice using CDMA part of the carrier's network, the data portion where I'm using now, requires Sprints' GSM portion. If you are in Sprint, you need to type something on the Advance option, under TCP/IP, on the APN column. The rep told me to enter "cinet.spcs". Afterwards my data portion works flawlessly.
As for the many other like me, looking for a cheap way to utilise local SIM card, you CAN use the voice portion using local SIM card while switching the network mode to Manual and select GSM. However, if you put in AUTO, you'll be automatically switch to Spint's Roaming, so beware.
Also, i initially thought i can use the international data using CDMA portion while using local GSM portion as voice. Well my friends, NO DICE! Ddammit!
Nonetheless, the voice portion and data portion all works well for me whilst overseas. I'm a happy camper for now! Hope my worthless 2 cents thought helps.
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I can't find any evidence of it, but if there was a CDMA carrier over there at all, your device would attach to them by default instead of the GSM carrier. Verizon neglected to tell us this little gGem when one of my execs went to New Zealand. I had to walk him through manually selecting GSM over CDMA. It is also possible that your SIM card was never properly provisioned. There should have been an international support number provided in your packet when you got the SIM. I would have called it while over there to try and work out the issues.
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If the GSM SIM was provisioned properly and you are paying for the International Blackberry Plan from Verizon then make sure your radio on the phone under Manage Connections is set to Global rather then 1XEV. Either that, or force it to GSM when you're there if there's a CDMA carrier in place interfering with it.
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Originally Posted by JRSCCivic98 View Post
If the GSM SIM was provisioned properly and you are paying for the International Blackberry Plan from Verizon then make sure your radio on the phone under Manage Connections is set to Global rather then 1XEV. Either that, or force it to GSM when you're there if there's a CDMA carrier in place interfering with it.
Making sure it is provisioned is crucial. Also, my experience on Sprint suggested that you would have much better luch by specifying GSM and then searching for the available carriers, selecting an appropriate partner.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Making sure it is provisioned is crucial. .
Exactly! You need to inform your carrier that you intend to travel internationally first.
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