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Old 09-06-2005, 12:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks, another newbie here....

OK, define "unlock"?

Is a unlock, is a unlock, is a unlock???

Another words, is there a partial unlock?, selective unlock?, or only a complete "unlock"?

I've requested an unlock from my company for International travel. Which I expect to receive this week prior to travel next week. What will I get?

Do I have to exchange the SIM to access International cell zones?

Will I have access to additional local providers with an unlock giving me perhaps more signal strength locally without changing the SIM?

Again, what should I expect?

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Unlocking is basically removing the restriction on a BB or mobile phone for a specific mobile providers SIM card. If you travel to another country you can use one of their local SIM's in your BB. If your company is "unlocking" it and not the mobile provider, it is probably and ITPolicy and then it would be whatever your company have defined. Speak to the IT guys to find out.

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So the sequence goes somthing like this: ?

1. Unlock the phone
2. Acquire a SIM for another carrier/locale (ie Cingular)
3. Have an account and service (or prepaid service) with that carrier
4. Switch out SIMs at will to switch networks

That sum it up?

Sorry for the newbie questions, but I'm just trying to understand the process.
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That sums it up perfectly...
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Are you sure you even need to unlock your phone? I assume you have a 7100 since you're posting in the 7100 forum. If so, this is a GSM/GPRS phone and will most likely function all over the world with the exception of a few countries.

You don't *need* to use a foreign carrier SIM in another country.
Your SIM will probably work just fine. You'll even keep your same phone number. If the foreign carrier has roaming agreements for data, then you'll even get to use your Blackberry data plan overseas.

Just ask your company to provision an International Dialing plan of some sort on your account, and you'll get discounted rates.

Unlocking allows you to use a foreign carrier's SIM card... that's about it. If this is what you need to do... then unlock it. Otherwise, why bother?
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