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Old 09-12-2008, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently a VZW subscriber thinking of jumping ship.

If I load the Sprint OS onto the phone, will the phone function like a Sprint phone? If so, am I then able to activate and use the phone with Sprint or must I buy a new blackberry?

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Old 09-12-2008, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sprint will not activate a phone they didn't sell you. They keep track of the IMEI, which is unchangeable, so just reloading the OS won't help. You need to buy a new Sprint device.
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Sprint will not activate a phone they didn't sell you. They keep track of the IMEI, which is unchangeable, so just reloading the OS won't help. You need to buy a new Sprint device.
its actually ESN :P for CDMA devices
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Reloading the OS wouldn't help anyway. They are not carrier-specific per se. i.e. If I took my ATT SIM out and put a T-Mob SIM in, I'd work with some minimal issues.

Someone may bash me on this, but as I said... with "minimal" issues.
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its actually ESN :P for CDMA devices
I USED to know that!

Like Fredo, "I'm smart Mike".

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you are incorrect CO_BBTechie

is your device (which is GSM, not CDMA) you can unlock it and use it on any network without ANY issues...

Whatever OS you have on your device doesnt matter... your device will work the same as if you had your carriers OS... it doesnt matter... you can have TIM italys OS on your 8310 and it work without issues...
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you are incorrect CO_BBTechie

is your device (which is GSM, not CDMA) you can unlock it and use it on any network without ANY issues...

Whatever OS you have on your device doesnt matter... your device will work the same as if you had your carriers OS... it doesnt matter... you can have TIM italys OS on your 8310 and it work without issues...
Err... isn't that what I said? Unlocking aside (I realize you cannot unlock a CDMA device,) I was merely pointing out that the OS U/G would not help.

And the "minimal" issues I referred to would be things like T-Mobs favs.

So maybe I was 1/2 incorrect?
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oh but you can add tmo fav to another device if needed :P

sorry i'm still half asleep here so if my post was pretty much the same as what you said then me sowwie lol
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Well having never been on T-Mob, perhaps that was a bad reference. I thought I had read about people having some issues getting that to work initially with a device from another network. Not that it wasn't easy to resolve, but just that it required additional steps.

No worries - we all learn through debating
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Overall I am pretty happy with Sprint.
The simply everything plan for $99 can't be beat, and I get real good call quality and dropped calls for me are almost non existent.
I've been a customer for a long while, and to me it seems that their customer service has improved somewhat.
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You really need to make sure you will have the coverage you need, when and where you need it. Don't assume or trust the coverage maps.

You might find that Verizon is the best carrier where you will use it - where you live, work, travel and play.

Why are you so hot to jump ship anyway?
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:05 PM   #12 (permalink)
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What all these posts boil down to is one fact. You will need a Sprint device to use on their network.
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