BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-21-2005, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
New Member
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Dallas
Model: 7100g
Posts: 1
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Help for newbie!?re: International SIM cards

Please Login to Remove!

Forgive me for my sheer ignorance. I don't even know how to change my ringtones, much less check my email on my new phone. So I apologize in advance if I offend anyone with my simplistic question.

I'm going to Italy tomorrow. I understand that it is possible to get a SIM card there, in Italy, to put into my 7100g (Cingular), so that I can use my phone while there. How do I do this? Is there anything I need to do in advance? Where would one go, once in country, to find such a card? Is it easy? "Legal"?

Any advice you blackberry veterans could offer would be very much appreciated.
Old 09-21-2005, 06:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
Grumpy Moderator
NJBlackBerry's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Model: iPh6
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 27,868
Post Thanks: 34
Thanked 455 Times in 391 Posts

Hi Jill -

The first question to answer is do you have an unlocked BlackBerry. The carriers lock their devices so they will only work with their SIM cards. So they can recoup the cost of subsidizing the price of the BlackBerry. Unless the 7100g is unlocked, you can not do this. That's the information you need up front.

It is legal to put in another SIM card.
Old 09-21-2005, 06:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
Talldog's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Connecticut
Model: 8330
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 213
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Why not just have Cingular enable international roaming?
Old 09-21-2005, 02:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
Thumbs Must Hurt
Join Date: Mar 2005
Model: 8700
Carrier: Cingular
Posts: 91
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Internation roaming is super expenisive compared to using a prepaid sim card in another country if you intend to make call within the country you are visiting. As for the phone, I know with TMO, you have to be a customer in good standing for 90 days before they will unlock it. Even then, it takes about a week for them to send you the code to unlock your phone. If you are leaving tomorrow, you are pretty much screwed into internation roaming.
Closed Thread

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Copyright 2004-2014
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.