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Old 07-18-2008, 05:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it possible to unlock a US 8830 to make it work in UK?

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Old 07-18-2008, 07:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, you can put a UK Sim in a Sprint 8830 and it will work. Whether you can get a Sim with a BB data plan is another story. I don't know the answer to that.

Whether Verison or Alltell models need unlocking I don't know. Verizon used to, but...
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The GSM on the 8830 will never work in the US. Sprint devices come unlocked but need to be provisioned in the US before international roaming will work on sprints billing system. For unlocking check the link in my sig.
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Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry 9000 4.6.0.67)

Not sure if they do 8830 unlocks but I'm sure they can direct you to the right resources.
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The GSM on the 8830 will never work in the US. Sprint devices come unlocked but need to be provisioned in the US before international roaming will work on sprints billing system. For unlocking check the link in my sig.
Did you mean "UK" instead of US?

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Nope, it won't work in the US but will work internationally. UK included.
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Nope, it won't work in the US but will work internationally. UK included.
SOrry, I'm not understanding this. A US 8830 Blackberry will work with *any* international carrier in any country but US, while it needs a US carrier to work in US. Correct?
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Not quite. In countries that support the European standard of GSM, it will work if you insert the appropriate SIM card (and can get the data). In the US, it will need a CDMA carrier.
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Not quite. In countries that support the European standard of GSM, it will work if you insert the appropriate SIM card (and can get the data). In the US, it will need a CDMA carrier.
To be a little more specific, it's "North America," not just the US.

I took my 8830 to Canada (Nova Scotia). It was international roaming and I was NOT able to use a GSM SIM.

But, my understanding is that if you have the phone in Europe, you have the choice of "Sprint" GSM (meaning you have a US phone number and get billed by Sprint) or you can stick in "any" GSM SIM and be billed by that carrier (or pre-paid). Notice that "any" is in quotes. You may not be able to get Blackberry service if you go this route.
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Is it possible to unlock a US 8830 to make it work in UK?
Yes. The phone is an unlocked GSM phone, but it does not support the GSM frequencies used in the US so it will not work in the US or any country that uses the same frequencies as are used in the US.
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This isn't entirely true, and this thread seems a lot more complicated than it should be. Yes, it is possible to get an 8830 unlocked for use in the UK. In order for it to work in North America, you would have to sign up with a CDMA carrier, but it will work here too. It will still have all the functionality of a "World" phone, just depending where you are it will only work on certain systems.
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