Would the 9930 work on GSM networks using SIM card?
The question is simple,
If i get a 9930 from Sprint and i unlock it, would it work on GSM networks, like T-Mobile or ATT?
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- CrackBerry User
09-26-2011, 12:39 AM #2
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Yep. I used a T-Mobile SIM card in my Sprint 9930 and it worked fine. Only issue is you will need to enter the correct APN settings for internet and it will be Edge only not 3G. But voice and text was ok
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- CrackBerry Master
09-26-2011, 02:51 AM #4
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the only difference of the 9930 is the UMTS frequency, where this phone only operates at UMTS 2100MHz only, but it supports the ol' school quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE in 2G mode, while the 990 supports most of the UMTS/HSPA+ frequencies all over the world + the GSM/GPRS/EDGE. however, the 9930 supports the CDMA EVDO up to Rev. B which is almost similar to the HSPA+ speed, on CDMA.
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- 09-27-2011, 01:37 AM #9
- 09-27-2011, 01:57 AM #10
Any 9930 will work on any GSM network once it is "unlocked".. you can pop just about any sim card in it..
But you can't do vice versa and use the Sim card that came with ur blackberry from vzw or sprint into another GSM phoneIf you want to stay on top of the food chain in this tech world. you need to lose your loyalty to these companies and try every thing. You can't knock it to you try it
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- 09-27-2011, 07:09 AM #11
The Vodaphone SIM card included with the device is not for use in the US.
And you can't use a 9700 on the Verizon network in the US.
- 09-27-2011, 07:52 AM #12
I just got in the UK and after unlocking the 9930, I put in a O2 SIM set up for BB service (sim was from another BB). It seemed to work ok, except the email stopped working about an hour later and wouldn't let me register on the network (or even WiFi) after throwing an error after losing my emails.
Anyone know what to do? I don't want to be forced to use my Android phone ...
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- 09-28-2011, 05:13 PM #15
- 10-16-2011, 11:06 AM #16
So my 9930 will not work with BIS in Europe?
I have a 9930, unlocked. voice, txts, fb twitter all thos apps work buuut only on wifi. I got a 3 month BIS contract here, and I am not able to register to their network. I go to the HRT and click register now, and it doesnt do absolutely anything. its sad
- CrackBerry Newbie
10-16-2011, 11:28 AM #17
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I have to share my unfortunate story with the "unlocked" Verizon 9930.
I purchased it in Thailand (LOTS of US phones are sold off in Asian countries, very common practice) and while it worked (BBM, Internet, BIS) on Thailand's DTAC GSM / Blackberry provider, it would not connect to the GSM service offered by AIS (another leading GSM / Blackberry service provider). Both were GSM...what the **** was wrong, right? I'm a noob, I seriously didn't know.
When the salesperson popped her BB activated DTAC sim card in, everything works as it should. However when I popped my AIS sim card in, there was NO BBM, NO 3G, small "edge" and not EDGE, and no BIS - nothing. Only calling in and out works. Yes, this AIS sim had bb service activated on it, I was using this sim with my 9700.
In short, both these service providers were GSM, and not CDMA. But only 1 was able to connect to 2G (I didn't subscribe to 3G, anyway) whereas the other could not connect to any type of internet service at all.
Therefore, I returned the 9930 and purchased an "official unlocked and more expensive" 9900, which has worked with my China Mobile sim card and SHOULD work with my ATT sim card when I'm back in the States (all my "official" unlocked Blackberries have). My rule of thumb is no more experimenting with CDMA phones. You just never know if it's going to work properly.
My deal with it is, I can DEAL with only using 2G, but the problem was as I travel a lot, I don't want to risk not being able to even connect at all.
Last edited by aackberry; 10-16-2011 at 11:33 AM.
- 10-16-2011, 11:30 AM #18
- 10-16-2011, 11:35 AM #19
But it is, thats the huge problem...cause I can pop the sim card on my crappy lg phone and the internet works there fine. But when I pop it back on my bold, nooothing. Not even browsing...sighs
and the carrier is too stupid to fix it, Ive spent hours on the phone with them and they have no idea whats going on. They kept blaming it on the outage
- 10-21-2011, 01:27 AM #21
Last edited by tarmpung; 10-21-2011 at 01:31 AM.
- 10-21-2011, 04:52 AM #22
any help guys? It turns out my sim has BIS, cause I went to the store and this guy popped my sim on his 9700 and it worked perfectly.
But why doesnt it work on my 9930? Ive done multiple baterry pulls, changed apn settings HRT, called service and tech support and nothing...
I dont know what to do