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Old 11-25-2007, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I sort of jumped the gun and ordered an unlocked Blackberry 8700R to replace my almost dead Sidekick3 and it should be here Tuesday. I just had a few questions regarding activating the phone (which I probably should've asked before I purchased it.):

1. T-Mobile should let me switch my plan from a Sidekick plan to a Blackberry BIS the plan without extending my contract, correct? Both plans cost the same price, so I don't think it'll matter but I'd just like to make sure.

2. Since the 8700R is orginally made for Rogers, will T-Mobile still let me activate it when switching my plan? It's not like I already have a Blackberry and am just switching the SIM cards.

3. Will I still be able to create a T-Mobile Blackberry e-mail address using the 8700R's PIN/IMEI?

4. Also, will I be using T-Mobile's service books? Or will I somehow have to get ahold of Rogers' service books?

Hope I didn't just buy this Blackberry to sit in my desk drawer or go on E-bay.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Yes, they "should".

2. Yes, they don't care what device you have as long as it is a GSM network BB. Otherwise, it won't work anyway if it is not.

3. Yes, if the previous owner has released the PIN/IMEI from the previous carrier (Rogers??). If not, they will need to do so.

4. You will be using TMo Service Books, since you will be paying for TMo service and BIS.

Read this:
Buying a BlackBerry off eBay - BlackBerryFAQ

My best advice, make sure the BB you are buying is fully returnable and/or you are able to get your $$s back if the PIN/IMEI cannot be released from the previous carrier. Often, lost or stolen BBs have been locked from being used elsewhere.

Good luck.
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1. Yes, they "should".

2. Yes, they don't care what device you have as long as it is a GSM network BB. Otherwise, it won't work anyway if it is not.

3. Yes, if the previous owner has released the PIN/IMEI from the previous carrier (Rogers??). If not, they will need to do so.

4. You will be using TMo Service Books, since you will be paying for TMo service and BIS.

Read this:
Buying a BlackBerry off eBay - BlackBerryFAQ

My best advice, make sure the BB you are buying is fully returnable and/or you are able to get your $$s back if the PIN/IMEI cannot be released from the previous carrier. Often, lost or stolen BBs have been locked from being used elsewhere.

Good luck.
Talk about instant reply! Thanks for answering my questions. I purchased it from BarJohn on these forums and judging by his post count/feedback I'm sure I'll have no problems. These were just a few questions I figured I'd double check while I anxiously await my Blackberry.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You should have no problem if you bought it from BarJohn, he is top notch.
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