- CrackBerry Newbie
05-12-08, 07:43 PM #5
- 5 Posts
Thats funny you posted this because I called VZW about a week ago because I'm going to turks and caicos on sunday and the girl told me to leave my phone at home!! because she said because its not a CDMA network and I would have all these extra charges..because it would be trying to connect out of network.. sorry I'm a little confused.. what do you guys think I should do?
- CrackBerry User
05-20-08, 09:39 AM #7
- 47 Posts
VZW 8830 in Ecuador
So I went to Ecuador afew months back and was planning to use my 8830 down there with a SIM card from one of the local providers (only cost $5, so why not). Got off the plane, stopped by the MoviStar booth. The girl behind the counter gave me a SIM card, and... no joy. Kept getting "invalid SIM card" error. I was lit. I figured that if I buy a phone that says WORLD EDITION right on it, I would be able to use it anywhere in the world with no worries. Silly me, I forgot I have Verizon. So I call the wonderful people at VZW, and the guy tells me "Oh, you have to go to the Verizon store and buy a VZW SIM card." Well, that would have been great to know BEFORE I went to a foreign country. But nobody seemed to think that piece of information was important. Actually I think I asked the salesguy (silly me again) when I bought the phone, and he said "Oh yeah, you can use it overseas. No problems!" Well, you were wrong. Anyway, the guy on the phone said we could try unlocking it with a SIM card from the local service provider. No joy. So long story short, I was two weeks without my BB service. As you can imagine, I was going through withdrawal after the first 48 hours.
My first issue with this is that Verizon actually charges you to do something that the phone is built to do. And secondly (not as important) is how hard it is to get a SIM card in and out of the 8830.
Well, that's my 2c...
Last edited by SK1; 05-20-08 at 10:09 AM.
- 05-26-08, 05:35 PM #10
Ecuador compatibility issues
1. I could call out but I could not receive calls. When I called another phone, the caller ID number that popped up was not my number.
2. I could not received or send text messages. However, I was able to receive text messages sent to my USA number. How the...?
3. When I tried to call *001 for info, I got a "numero incorrecto" reply. Again, the *001 call worked when I put the SIM in another phone.
4. When I went to Manage Connections and set it to "GSM", I couldn't get a signal. But when I changed it to "Global", it worked.
So the only functionality was that I was able to make calls and receive texts sent to my USA number. I went to another MoviStar rep and he said that I needed to do some configuration and he could have a tech look at it. But I was leaving in a couple of days so I said nevermind. I guess I can't complain too much for a $5 investment in a developing country.
Oh yeah, I needed to use pliers to get my VZW SIM card out the first time. The slot is in an awkward position and fingernails/keys/tweezers were useless. However, since then the card goes in and out pretty easily with just your finger. Maybe it was just stuck the first time.