1. mtbeercan's Avatar
    Hi There,
    I have an unlocked BELL 9700 Bold.
    Any recommendations for a prepaid SIM when travelling in the USA?
    BIS/Data would be nice, but even voice/text would probably be cheaper than Bell's Roaming rates.

    What US carriers would work on my Bell 9700 Bold?

    Any suggestions would be great....

    T-mobile?
    AT&T?
    Sprint?

    Thanks,
    Sean
    08-22-11 01:11 AM
  2. costco1's Avatar
    AT&T or T-mobile are your only option. 2G only with T-mo due to band difference
    08-22-11 07:09 PM
  3. 312's Avatar
    AT&T doesn't offer prepaid BIS. T-Mobile does. Unlimited talk/text/BIS for $63/month after tax. And by the way, your GSM 9700 won't work on Sprint or Verizon.
    08-22-11 08:08 PM
  4. kevinnugent's Avatar
    So, can you just grab a $63 SIM, activate it and rock on?

    If so, that's the way I'll go next visit! (We have family in NW US - and visit a lot). My last "roaming" bill was about $400!
    08-22-11 08:24 PM
  5. 312's Avatar
    So, can you just grab a $63 SIM, activate it and rock on?

    If so, that's the way I'll go next visit! (We have family in NW US - and visit a lot). My last "roaming" bill was about $400!
    Technically, you have to pay for the SIM which can be $10-$20. (don't remember off the top of my head) But, yes...once you have a new SIM, $63 and you're ready to roll.
    08-22-11 08:26 PM
  6. 312's Avatar
    This is what you want: Prepaid Plans | Prepaid Cell Phone Plans | Prepaid Data Plans | T-Mobile

    The $50/month unlimited everything, plus there's a $10 add on for BIS. (don't bother with the $70/month 4G plan, your phone will NOT get 4G or even 3G) Total after tax (for me) came to $63.
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    08-22-11 08:29 PM
  7. kevinnugent's Avatar
    This is what you want: Prepaid Plans | Prepaid Cell Phone Plans | Prepaid Data Plans | T-Mobile

    The $50/month unlimited everything, plus there's a $10 add on for BIS. (don't bother with the $70/month 4G plan, your phone will NOT get 4G or even 3G) Total after tax (for me) came to $63.
    Excellent! Thank you. Next time we're in Portland I'll grab one!

    Regards
    Kevin
    08-22-11 08:35 PM
  8. costco1's Avatar
    If you are from Canada, there are unlimited North American data plans available from some carriers. Voice roaming has come down to as low as 20cents a minute.
    08-26-11 07:30 PM
  9. blackberry-unlocking710's Avatar
    You can get a Pre paid Blackberry Data plan with T-Mobile.. i don't know if they still have it but they sure used to sell SIM cards with pre paid Blackberry data services same as Orange in Europe.
    10-13-11 01:12 PM
  10. 312's Avatar
    Simple Mobile now has the best deal. $50 unlimited everything, including BIS.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    10-13-11 01:16 PM
  11. method76's Avatar
    Hi, I'm a newbie. I also have a BB 9700 from Bell. Can I pop in a virgin mobile US SIM card into my 9700 or do I have to unlock it first (assuming virgin mobile will let me)?

    in general, do i have to unlock my phone?
    11-07-11 03:09 PM
  12. TanGyal's Avatar
    Yes the phone needs to be unlocked. Mind you, if the phone is still under warranty Bell will tell you that unlocking it voids the warranty.
    12-31-11 03:31 PM
  13. brisbanebroncos's Avatar
    Hi I am travelling to the US from Australia for 3 weeks and i have an unlocked bold 9900, would the $63 option from t mobile would that be my best option, need phone calls, bbm and text.
    Any suggestions would be great.
    05-24-12 08:48 PM
  14. tanulku's Avatar
    Bell can unlock your phone for 75$ without loosing the warranty.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900
    07-13-12 06:11 PM
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