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Old 01-09-2009, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it true that the SIM card slot is already unlocked on the Sprint 8830? Do I have to call Sprint at all to change anything on my account, or do I just pick up a SIM card when I get to my destination and pop it in and go?
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Sprint does not have sims cards in their phone.
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This I know, however, the 8830 is a World Phone, and has a SIM slot in it as well as a Dual-band GSM antenna. So my question still stands.
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This I know, however, the 8830 is a World Phone, and has a SIM slot in it as well as a Dual-band GSM antenna. So my question still stands.
Sorry, my oversight. I should have know that since i use to have that phone.
Most people just get a sims card where they are traveling and put it in.
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Sorry, my oversight. I should have know that since i use to have that phone.
Most people just get a sims card where they are traveling and put it in.
The 8830 has a SIM card holder in it. The SIM card slot on Sprint's 8830 is unlocked. You can use either the Sprint SIM card that was in your 8830 box or pick up a local one in Europe.

Be careful if you pick up a local SIM card that it has Blackberry service on it else you'll get voice only.

Sprint charges $1.29/min in most of Europe for voice. If you have their international Blackberry plan, data usage is unlimited.

Call Sprint before leaving to Europe if you plan to use the Sprint SIM card to ensure that they properly activated it.
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Brianky2 is correct; key step is to call Sprint to activate; also add international data plan if you intend to use it a lot.

A couple of tips for international travel: Check Sprint's coverage map before you go. I've had no problems in Europe, but had absolutely no service in parts of Mexico.

In 'Manage Connections', for Mobile Network Options, your Network Selection Mode should generally be set for 'Automatic' and Network Mode for 'Global'. The way it works is Sprint will download a list of partner GSM carriers to your phone. When you're in a particular country, the phone automatically detects the appropriate local carrier and switches. I've been in some countries where the default carrier had voice but no data coverage. In that case, you can go to Mobile Network Options and change Network Mode to GSM, change Selection Mode to Manual, and see the list of available carriers. Try a different one to see if you get data.

Final tip: Most foreign carriers (at least in my European Experience) do not provide GPS service.
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A point previously mentioned but worth mentioning again:

If you put another SIM card in the 8330, you will get voice and SMS text UNLESS you have a SIM card with BlackBerry Service on it. There are not many pre-paid SIM cards with BlackBerry Service on it.

When traveling outside of North America I take a cheap, old quad band GPRS unlocked phone, and put a pre paid SIM card in that one. I don't want to risk not getting e-mail when I need it.
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A point previously mentioned but worth mentioning again:

If you put another SIM card in the 8330, you will get voice and SMS text UNLESS you have a SIM card with BlackBerry Service on it. There are not many pre-paid SIM cards with BlackBerry Service on it.

When traveling outside of North America I take a cheap, old quad band GPRS unlocked phone, and put a pre paid SIM card in that one. I don't want to risk not getting e-mail when I need it.
X2, although I take it a step further though and carry a phone that has UMTS 2100 in it as well (currently a Nokia 7900 Prism).
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just go to the country and put it in...
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Is it true that the SIM card slot is already unlocked on the Sprint 8830? Do I have to call Sprint at all to change anything on my account, or do I just pick up a SIM card when I get to my destination and pop it in and go?
It is unlocked I went to Dominica ( dominica.dm/site/index.cfm ) not the republic on 1/1/09 and one of there 2 of there 3 GSM sims worked. Now here comes the catch with sprint, If u are using prepaid sims depending on how u replenish the account via txt-ing codes u might have to use another phone becuase for some reason on that it defaults back to sprint. If u gonna call sprint for international plan and u have a spending limit of up to $250 dont waste ur time. They told me that they would have to increase the spending limit and its only done once a year which is in april. So good luck on ur trip.
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ohh sprint will only allow you to make Emergency calls only with out international voice or data. ONE MORE VERY IMPORTANT THING download MINIOPERA browser before u leave because once u are no longer in U.S territory you regular browser automaticly taken away. So in the event that u have a gsm sim with internet you will have a back up browser
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hmm i ddnt know that, well who wants to surf the internet on GPRS

btw whoever went outside the US, did bb messenger still work?
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