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Old 08-07-2007, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just bought my first B.B. 7290 on ebay.The problem is that the phone is locked to cingular,and i have suncom.If i unlock and debrand and then go to r.i.m. and download suncom's apps. will i be rebranding the phone?Also is there away to tell how old a phone is.There are a lot of phones listed on ebay as new? Will be grateful for any help or tips.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is no publicly available way to debrand or rebrand a BlackBerry.
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Old 08-07-2007, 09:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Once you unlock a GSM device you don't have to worry about it locking back up on its own. As far as I know, you won't be able to inadvertently lock the device back to the AT&T network after you have entered in an unlock code. I know for a fact you won't do this by installing software.

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "debrand".
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You can wipe it clean and download the OS for your carrier. That will "de-brand" it and re-brand it to your current provider. There is no generic software, however.
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You can wipe it clean and download the OS for your carrier. That will "de-brand" it and re-brand it to your current provider. There is no generic software, however.
This is not true
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This is not true
I concur.
Unlocking is simply making the device able to accept a SIM from any carrier.

Debranding means removing or changing the vendorID from the device. As I said, no one can publicly do this.
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The "software" has nothing to do with any of this. That's why you can put software from any carrier on your BB and it makes no difference whatsoever.
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This is not true
I concur.
Unlocking is simply making the device able to accept a SIM from any carrier.

Debranding means removing or changing the vendorID from the device. As I said, no one can publicly do this.
Why would anyone really want (or need) to change the vendor ID? It doesn't affect the operation of the phone, does it?
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Some people don't like the flash start up screen from another carrier. I say who cares. I rarely ever see the start up screen, except on the occasional reboot.

txstuntman, if you buy off Ebay, read this and follow the suggestions. There are some good deals for BBs on Ebay, and there is a bunch of crap that you can have continuous problems with--if you don't ask the right questions first.
Buying a BlackBerry off eBay - BlackBerryFAQ

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Why would anyone really want (or need) to change the vendor ID? It doesn't affect the operation of the phone, does it?
Like JSanders said the Splash screen is the most noticeable difference. RIM branded devices also offer some different features and abilities. In the end there's nothing much to gain.

EDIT: BTW, why is this in Rumours?
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Who the heck cares about a splash screen?

This is definitely in the wrong section. What does it have to do with rumors? That's about as far off as you can get.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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agreed wrong section .
think about the guys with vzw 8830's
if they "rebranded" to sprint or bell or telus etc.. they may have working gps.. but again as stated.. there is no publicly known way to do this.
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