1. breest's Avatar
    Has anyone tried to buy a Sprint/Verizon 9930 and unlocked it to use with AT&T? Looking at the specs, the 3G frequency bands for are the same as AT&T 9900:

    Sprint/Verizon 9930 Frequency Bands:
    CDMA 850 / 1900
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    WCDMA 900 / 2100 (3G Frequency Bands)


    AT&T 9990 Frequency Bands:
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    WCDMA 850 / 1900 / 2100 (3G Frequency Bands)

    Just wanna see if anyone else has tried this before I shell out $500
    09-12-11 07:53 AM
  2. Mrluky's Avatar
    sorry my friend,sprint and verizon are cdma,at&t is gsm.even if the phone is unlocked it still will not work.
    09-12-11 08:37 AM
  3. breest's Avatar
    sorry my friend,sprint and verizon are cdma,at&t is gsm.even if the phone is unlocked it still will not work.
    Wrong, The Sprint/Verizon 9930 has DUAL RADIOS meaning it both CDMA & GSM radios (this is also true for Storms/Tours/Bolds)
    dopestar likes this.
    09-12-11 08:52 AM
  4. optimo's Avatar
    has anybody used one of these phones on Verizon? i too am interested it this.
    09-12-11 09:20 AM
  5. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    Wrong, The Sprint/Verizon 9930 has DUAL RADIOS meaning it both CDMA & GSM radios (this is also true for Storms/Tours/Bolds)
    Very true, but the GSM portion of the CDMA phones such as the S2/9930/9850 are meant to operate on networks out of the USA, not USA networks. You won't ever get 3G in America. Although the phone registers, it will only work on EDGE (2.5 G data speeds) and not UMTS, HSPA or the specific 3G that is supported by the GSM carriers. Do a forum search for unlocking a CDMA phone and you'll find more.

    You want a GSM phone, wait on the GSM 9930 to drop or get a 9860.
    Last edited by ColdSunshine; 09-12-11 at 09:27 AM. Reason: Fixing my own bad typo
    09-12-11 09:23 AM
  6. blackberry-unlocking710's Avatar
    The Blackberry 9930 from Verizon / Sprint is a CDMA device that can work on GSM, some carriers out side the USA will get the most out of it but if you are using At&t then the best option for you is to get a Canadian GSM blackberry 9900 from Rogers or Bell. then you can unlock your Blackberry and use it with 3G on at&t and far as i know it will work fine..

    Other unlocked Blackberry devices such as the Verizon / Sprint CDMA Blackberry 9930 will work if unlocked but with T-Mobile / At&t you will get 2G connection (EDGE).

    The 9930 will work with 3G on some networks outside the USA but, with T-Mobile USA / At&t the Blackberry 9930 from Sprint / Verizon will work only on 2G (EDGE) - not fast as 3G but it can still work as unlocked device and everything.

    I think that Rogers Blackberry's are also can be a good option and they can be found in the US and far as i know it can work on 3G with at&t.

    If you get the Verizon 9930 - after unlocking it you can change the CDMA settings on the screen that you can get by dialing ##000000.
    With Sprint devices this screen is locked with a password and you will need to do SPC/MSL Unlocking to get that password after you have unlocked your Blackberry for GSM by MEP unlocking code.
    Last edited by blackberry-unlocking710; 09-12-11 at 10:15 AM.
    09-12-11 10:07 AM
  7. breest's Avatar
    has anybody used one of these phones on Verizon? i too am interested it this.
    I just bought one from Verizon, unlocking it as we speak... I will let you know the results
    09-12-11 10:17 AM
  8. breest's Avatar
    Wrong, The Sprint/Verizon 9930 has DUAL RADIOS meaning it both CDMA & GSM radios (this is also true for Storms/Tours/Bolds)
    Done and Done....
    09-12-11 10:31 AM
  9. mush10's Avatar
    Why not just buy one from Rogers? I have seen them for not much more than you paid Verizon. Just curious. I hope it works for you.
    09-12-11 10:32 AM
  10. freethisberrydotcom's Avatar
    You will only get 2G aka edge with the 9930 on at&t .. If you get one from Rogers, Telus, Bell, Virgin from Canada. . You will be able to get 3G/H+
    09-12-11 10:58 AM
  11. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    Done and Done....
    You may have unlocked it and like I said about 4 posts up, you'll never get anything faster than edge.
    09-12-11 11:56 AM
  12. blackberry-unlocking710's Avatar
    He can still trade it for a Rogers device and get 3G
    09-12-11 01:02 PM
  13. breest's Avatar
    You may have unlocked it and like I said about 4 posts up, you'll never get anything faster than edge.
    already sold the phone on eBay...getting a rogers one for sure. Thanks C.S.!
    09-12-11 02:34 PM
  14. n8ter#AC's Avatar
    You may have unlocked it and like I said about 4 posts up, you'll never get anything faster than edge.
    Wrong. You simply need to be in an area where the tower req is 2100. In that case, you will get 3g.

    It's no different than importing a Nokia N8 with a Pentaband radio and getting 3G on any GSM carrier in the world.

    The 3 frequencies in that phone are balanced for World Usage, but if you are fortunate to live in an area where AT&T is using the 2100 band, you will get 3g on that phone.

    I cannot believe you're even trying to argue about this.

    There are T-Mobile phones that have an "extra" band that get 3G in some AT&T coverage areas, as well...

    Facts are your friends.
    09-12-11 07:15 PM
  15. TLS2000's Avatar
    Facts are your friends.
    AT&T doesn't have a licence for 2100mhz.

    AT&T uses only 850 or 1900mhz for 3G/H+.

    North American use of the 2100mhz band is part of the AWS 1700/2100mhz frequency band and is completely different than how Europe uses 2100mhz.

    As a result, phones like the Tour, 9930, etc can only operate on 2g/Edge in North America when they are connected to a GSM network (AT&T, Tmobile, Rogers, etc..)

    Those are the facts. The 9930 will never see 3G/H+ in North American use.
    09-12-11 10:22 PM
  16. dictoresno's Avatar
    AT&T doesn't have a licence for 2100mhz.

    AT&T uses only 850 or 1900mhz for 3G/H+.

    North American use of the 2100mhz band is part of the AWS 1700/2100mhz frequency band and is completely different than how Europe uses 2100mhz.

    As a result, phones like the Tour, 9930, etc can only operate on 2g/Edge in North America when they are connected to a GSM network (AT&T, Tmobile, Rogers, etc..)

    Those are the facts. The 9930 will never see 3G/H+ in North American use.
    +1 for the troof
    09-12-11 11:19 PM
  17. GingerSnapsBack's Avatar
    +1 for the troof
    Make that +2 for the troof. As the other person who tried to prove me wrong said, "Facts are your friends" and the fact is you won't get anything faster than edge on an unlocked CDMA phone in the USA. The CB forums are full of posts stating that.
    09-13-11 08:39 AM
  18. jerseys_fyn3st's Avatar
    i have a sprint 9930 unlocked for t mobile only thing is that the web dosent work, and i have a bb data plan, evrything is working but the internet, i know you cant get 3g but at least egde but that isnt working either
    09-28-11 03:58 PM
  19. coralice's Avatar
    i bought a bold 9930 from sprint. It was difficult to unlock because of the extra security they have. The normal unlock code (mep code) is not enough because it will only allow text messages and phone calls and no blackberry services such as internet and bbm. You also need a SPC / MSL which is more expensive than normal codes. After i entered this code it finally said att when i put my phone number (be careful because most sites only sell you the mep code, on ebay its easier and cheaper to find and itll say spc code.
    My phone works but not as it should. I cant open mms messages and i can only use EDGE so its alot slower than using a normal att blackberry. I even called att and there is nothing they can do. Im thinking about selling it since i cant use it to its full capacity. Anyone know if theres a way to use the 3g on 9930 from sprint? is the 9900 any different or will it not work on that either?
    10-21-11 06:36 PM
  20. coralice's Avatar
    the blackberry bold 9930:
    Dual-Band: 800/1900 MHz CDMA/EVDO Rev A networks
    Quad-Band: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks
    Dual-Band: 2100 / 900 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks
    HSDPA : 14.4 Mbps
    HSUPA : 5.76 Mbps
    The blackberry bold 9900:
    UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz or 2100/1700/900 MHz
    GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
    HSDPA: 14.4 Mbps
    HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps


    I know att uses 850 and 1900mhz so the best bet is to buy the 9900 and hope it works, i havent gotten an answer if it will but i got the 9930 and it doesnt work 36 but then again the bands dont say 850 and 1900 like the 9900... i havent read anywhere that the 9900 wont work with att 3g... i know the 9930 doesnt.
    10-21-11 06:54 PM
  21. dandrumma's Avatar
    Can I unlock a Verizon 9930 to run on Sprint's network?
    10-28-11 10:22 AM
  22. freethisberrydotcom's Avatar
    Unfortunately it is not possible as they are both CDMA
    10-28-11 10:48 AM
  23. dandrumma's Avatar
    Unfortunately it is not possible as they are both CDMA
    really? If they are both CDMA then wouldn't unlocking a verizon phone make it usable on sprint? I'm confused.
    10-28-11 12:30 PM
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