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Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-11-2010, 6:32 PM Reply   
I have a few questions regarding buying a used cell phone. Right now my boss pays 100% of my cell phone bill. I am laid off but he is still paying it. When he laid me off he had AT&T turn off my data package.

My Blackberry is almost toast and I need to get a new phone. If I upgrade through AT&T I will get roped into having data which I don't need right now and chances are he will make me pay for my phone again.

My questions are:

Will any blackberry work if I use my sim card in it? Does it need to be an AT&T phone. If I did buy a used phone would I have to get a data package?

All I want is my phone to work and I am partial to the blackberry.

Thanks for any help.
Old    Jon (jon4pres)      Join Date: May 2004       12-11-2010, 8:18 PM Reply   
The phone either needs to be from the same company or jailbroken.

If you buy used they will not make you have the data plan.
Old    Jeremy (wake77)      Join Date: Jan 2009       12-12-2010, 5:55 AM Reply   
^Not necessarily. T-Mobile also uses Sim Cards, but you would not be able to use a Blackberry from Verizon or Sprint. As long as the phone is from AT&T or T-Mobile, you should be fine.
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-12-2010, 11:09 AM Reply   
Thanks, the next question is does anyone have one they want to get rid of? I Have a curve right now, but at long as it is full size I don't care which one I get. I do not want a pearl though.

Thanks.
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-12-2010, 7:24 PM Reply   
I swapped my sim card into my wife's T-Mobile Blackberry and it said "invalid sim card" Is there something I am supposed to do after swapping it? Maybe T-Mobile and AT&T aren't compatible?

Still looking for a used AT&T Blackberry.
Old    Sean M (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-12-2010, 8:26 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by jaegermaster View Post
I swapped my sim card into my wife's T-Mobile Blackberry and it said "invalid sim card" Is there something I am supposed to do after swapping it? Maybe T-Mobile and AT&T aren't compatible?

Still looking for a used AT&T Blackberry.
Ya, typically phones are SIM locked to the original carrier. When you see a phone for sale that says unlocked, then that phone can accept a SIM from most any carrier.

TMO and ATnT both use the same technology, GSM. So devices can work on either network. In your case, your wife's Blackberry is SIM locked and rejecting the ATnT SIM. You would need to get her phone unlocked. You can do this via the carrier or sometimes on the open market.

Your phone will NOT work on Verizon as they use a different technology (CDMA) from TMO and ATnT (for that matter, most of the world is GSM).

I saw the Jailbroken comment too. That is a specific term to iPhones. You just need to unlock the phone you want and it will work with most any GSM carrier. You can have an unlocked iPhone that is not jailbroken.
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-12-2010, 9:03 PM Reply   
Thanks Sean, that clears up some of the confusion.
Old    Nick B (iridelow1998)      Join Date: Jun 2006       12-14-2010, 7:45 PM Reply   
Jae G, You can unlock a blackberry yourself and it will cost about $10 and take you about 2 minutes. It's really a piece of cake. As simple as following about 2-3 very easy steps and entering the unlock code. I've done several of them for friends and family. Let me know if I can give you advice or guide you in the right direction. As said above, Tmobile is the only major US carrier that is compatible with the AT&T network. Don't touch verizon or sprint, they definitely won't work as they operate on a CDMA network as opposed to the GSM that AT&T and Tmobile run on.

Last edited by iridelow1998; 12-14-2010 at 7:48 PM. Reason: added info
Old    Jagermaster (jaegermaster)      Join Date: Sep 2002       12-15-2010, 6:12 AM Reply   
Thanks Nick, I just may take you up on that once I find a phone. I am guessing a bunch will show up right after Christmas.

Thanks again everyone.

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