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Swapping SIMs between a BB and Android device
I currently have an Android device with AT&T, but just got an unlocked Bold 9900. So, I want to be able to swap SIMs between the devices and use them interchangeably. While I'm sure voice would work no problem, I've read there could be an issue with data. I have a 5 GB data plan for the Android device, but have heard that AT&T needs to enable BES/BIS on your account if you are using a BB. This suggests that, although priced similarly, BB data plans are a different entity from AT&T's perspective.
My company has BES, so I definitely need that as well as BIS for personal email. If AT&T does what they need to do to enable these on my account, does that mean the data plan associated with the SIM will no longer work on the Android phone? Nothing I've read yet seems definitive on whether this works or at least works without issues...
Does anyone have experience with scenario or a similar one, such as swapping between BB and iPhone on AT&T? I just want to make sure I understand so when I talk to AT&T, I'll know whether they understand what I'm trying to do.
- 08-30-12, 10:20 PM #4
as @RoseBud68 said,
if you have a BB data plan, you can use a NON BB phone with the dataplan,
But you must first call AT&T to make sure you get your plan activated for BB use, then you can swap as you please between devices, though some rumors say you need to make sure to use your BB at least monthly to retain the BB dataplan or your carrier switches you back to a NON BB plan
- 08-31-12, 11:02 AM #7
I was switching between iPhones and Blackberrys with Rogers in Canada. So getting a Blackberry plan was all I needed as it enabled BIS and BBM services to my existing data plan. The plan worked for all Blackberrys, Android and iOS devices. I'm sure it's the same for other carriers. Now, if they all the phones can use the same SIM, geez.
- 08-31-12, 12:46 PM #11
- CrackBerry Genius
08-31-12, 12:51 PM #12
- 4,246 Posts
If you are using a BlackBerry with a micro sim card be wary of the adapters jamming in the sim reader and breaking off pins from the SIM reader. I think this is more of a problem for BlackBerries with slot type sim readers where you cannot see the pins, such as on the Torch. On a 9900, you can just place the micro-sim centered over the pins without an adapter since you can see the pins and move the sim.
Last edited by robsteve; 08-31-12 at 12:55 PM.
- 08-31-12, 02:09 PM #13
- 11-13-12, 04:34 PM #14
I have the same issue--switched AT&T SIM from my Android to Blackberry. One call activated BB plan and didn't interfere with my grandfathered unlimited. I switched back and did not have any problems using the Android for all purposes. Then went back to Blackberry and it was still working. I am not really sure why AT&T would make changes based on the IMEI since the draw of GSM is being able to swap phones (and my kids do it OFTEN), but I suppose it is possible that I might wake up one day and not be able to use the Blackberry without another call to AT&T.
I don't have much faith in the CS notations, though. Anecdotally when I changed my plan recently I had about 15,000 rollover minutes that were supposed to follow me even though the general rule is that you lose them. I called on another matter and found out they hadn't... even though the notes were correct, the second CS had to have supervisor approval and add the minutes back in 5000 minute increments over several days. Pisser.
EDIT: I can confirm that AT&T gets the IMEI of the phone after a time. I just checked my account and I have the 9900 on a line with data blocking (which has never before had a Blackberry on it), and there is a cute little picture of a 9900 next to that line. Further, the line that I switched my Android back to no longer has a cute Blackberry, but has an ugly Android, and no BIS service. So the advice is CONFIRMED. Big brother is watching
Still, not a big deal, if you put the SIM in your Blackberry and don't have service, you can just call and get it redone in about 1 minute. Ten minutes. AWHILE.
Last edited by Charlie_V; 11-13-12 at 04:46 PM.