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Old 12-18-2008, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
-I just signed up but have been using blackberry for years. I am currently with sprint and will be canceling service because I'm taking a job offer in Europe. My question is this. If I have a world edition 8830 that I dont use at the moment. Can I take this phone and purchase a prepaid SIM when I get there and have more than just phone to phone capabilities. By this I mean can a prepaid phone give you GPS, email, etc.... I have read in some places where unlocking a phone can create problems with GPS. Not sure.
-Other than this, does anyone have any advice on what would be the best route for me to take or best phone to take if unlocked. I need GPS being in europe and not knowing my way. I need email and internet but I really will not need many minutes(talk time). I really dont want to sign a contract because I may not be there for more than a year. Thank you very much in advance for any advice yall give me. Take care.
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When you go to Europe you can get prepaid SIMs, I do it everytime I go with my 8830. In order for you to get Email, etc. In other words Fully Connected you must use Vodaphone or get a contract plan from the otehr GSM providers like Orange. I just buy a cheap SIM in the UK (no name required) and it's free incoming calls and about .2 cents per minute. In the mainland of Europe you will have a harder time now to get a SIM card without name and address, specially France, they don't want you to just buy a SIM without ID because they are trying to stop terrorist from using phones since they are totally untraceable without personal info. Good Luck. I love Europe but the freedoms that we have here are going away fast and becoming a Big Brother continent. I was planning to retire in Europe now I'm glad I didn't.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When you go to Europe you can get prepaid SIMs, I do it everytime I go with my 8830. In order for you to get Email, etc. In other words Fully Connected you must use Vodaphone or get a contract plan from the otehr GSM providers like Orange. I just buy a cheap SIM in the UK (no name required) and it's free incoming calls and about .2 cents per minute. In the mainland of Europe you will have a harder time now to get a SIM card without name and address, specially France, they don't want you to just buy a SIM without ID because they are trying to stop terrorist from using phones since they are totally untraceable without personal info. Good Luck. I love Europe but the freedoms that we have here are going away fast and becoming a Big Brother continent. I was planning to retire in Europe now I'm glad I didn't.
George, how do u get BIS with Vodafone prepaid? I will be going to the UK in 3 days and will stay for a month. Does Vodafone offer BIS on prepaid?
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you very much for the info, I appreciate it. In regards to what your saying, I will have to sign a contract it seems. If this is the case, could I use my 8830 or just get a phone from orange when I sign the contract. I will be in Amsterdam by the way. I hope to see as much as I can while I'm there. Including the British Open if Im lucky. Thanks again
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Thank you very much for the info, I appreciate it. In regards to what your saying, I will have to sign a contract it seems. If this is the case, could I use my 8830 or just get a phone from orange when I sign the contract. I will be in Amsterdam by the way. I hope to see as much as I can while I'm there. Including the British Open if Im lucky. Thanks again
The one tidbit that I can add to this discussion is that when I travel in Europe with my 8830 -- even with a full American-based ccontract for international access -- I get my data, email just fine. What I don't get is GPS. Check to make sure that they will enable GPS if this is important to you.

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Old 12-19-2008, 11:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If it's not already unlocked you need to get your 8830 unlocked. If it's not unlocked you will not be able to put any SIM besides a Sprint SIM in it.
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Sprint 8830 is unlocked from the get-go.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The warning on the bb when it's new to call Sprint if you're going out of country is only to enable the SIM card that comes with the phone. If oyu are using s different SIM you are all set. Enjoy Europe
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