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Old 07-20-2007, 12:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I see a lot of messages about unlocking the 8830 for use of other sim cards but does anyone know if I can use the supplied SIM card that came with the 8830 on an unlocked GSM phone or GSM blackberry here in NA or overseas?

Why? Just curious. I don't have an unlocked GMS phone or blackberry to test this.
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Old 07-20-2007, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I see a lot of messages about unlocking the 8830 for use of other sim cards but does anyone know if I can use the supplied SIM card that came with the 8830 on an unlocked GSM phone or GSM blackberry here in NA or overseas?

Why? Just curious. I don't have an unlocked GMS phone or blackberry to test this.
Yes, the phone is natively locked to the supplied sim from vze but your rates are MUCH higher. Using a local sim you can pay as little as 5 - 10 cents a minute for calls while overseas. Using the VZW sim, its 1.29 a min all the way up to 4.99 per minute depending on the country. Now that GSM roaming, if you are doing CDMA roaming its like 69 cents a minute and goes up from there but then again it all depends on the country you are in.
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I see a lot of messages about unlocking the 8830 for use of other sim cards but does anyone know if I can use the supplied SIM card that came with the 8830 on an unlocked GSM phone or GSM blackberry here in NA or overseas?

Why? Just curious. I don't have an unlocked GMS phone or blackberry to test this.
I took the vodafone/vzw sim out of the 8830 and tried it in an unlocked 8700c here in the US and all I got was SOS.
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Old 07-21-2007, 05:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I took the vodafone/vzw sim out of the 8830 and tried it in an unlocked 8700c here in the US and all I got was SOS.
I dont know what to tell you there my friend. It maybe a propritary sim card...if they exist OR it could be due to the fact that since we use CDMA here in the states, if it tries to get on a US GSM network it freaks out maybe?

In your original post, i thought you were asking about using other sim cards in the 8830, sorry bro. BTW why would you want to use the VZW / vodafone sim overseas? The rates are VERY high as compared to a local or global sim?

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Old 07-21-2007, 11:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I dont know what to tell you there my friend. It maybe a propritary sim card...if they exist OR it could be due to the fact that since we use CDMA here in the states, if it tries to get on a US GSM network it freaks out maybe?

In your original post, i thought you were asking about using other sim cards in the 8830, sorry bro. BTW why would you want to use the VZW / vodafone sim overseas? The rates are VERY high as compared to a local or global sim?
Just using the vodafone/vzw sim for overseas data. I have pre-paid sims and an unlocked 8700c for calling.
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The 8830 does not have the right GSM frequency for the US market. So there is no way to test out your sim card until you go abroad. I believe this was done to force using the CDMA network at home.
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Hey LG, here is another option Prepaid Data SIM card

Its a prepaid data sim. It will have a spain intl' phone number and the data rates is 5.00/MB (euro)

Also when you buy this sim it comes with 24 Euro's (34 USD) preloaded on the sim card. This may be a better option as you will not have to keep switching sim cards to do different things. Check the rates for the country that you are going to.

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