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Old 10-07-2005, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pretty new to the forums here, and also to BB devices. Thinking about getting myself a BB, as my email and sms useage FAR exceeds my phone calls placed, and qwerty (either regular or SureType) would be very welcome right now. I've narrowed it down to 7100t (or 7105t) or 7290 from T-Mobile, my current carrier. I'm not eligible for an upgrade right now, so buying from them is relatively expensive. Looking around ebay, found some good deals on blackberry's, but wanted to know if there is anything to watch for when buying a BB used, since it's not just your typical "make sure it's unlocked and has the right frequencies" like other phones.

I had a pretty rough experience buying an sk2 from ebay, trying to get t-mo to detach the previous user from it, so that I could sign myself up with it, was a pain. I'm used to buying unlocked phones (currently a series 60 user), and haven't used a t-mobile phone in quite a while, but just wanted to check the process on this one.

Does a BB need to be disassociated from it's previous user, like an SK2 does? Is it less of a pain in the butt to just buy one new (keeping in mind that i'm only saving about 60-70 bucks over my t-mobile price brand new).

Sorry for the ramble, any help is appreciated!

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if the pin is not released you will have a difficult time of it. I would ask the seller to send you the pin and serial number and check to see if its a good phone or not if they wont send dont buy.
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If T Mobile is anything like Rogers here in Canada you shouldn't have much of a problem associating the bberry to yourself you just have the hassle of sitting on the phone with their tech support.

The only thing I can say is remember to get them to enable GPRS as if you're coming from a cell it probably isn't enabled.
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If its not a device from your carrier ie Cingular, ATT etc and noted as unlocked get some sort of proof. There are very few options to unlock a BlackBerry and more times then not eBayer's get burned as the term is used as a selling ploy when the device actually isn't locked.
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