1. ali.fazal's Avatar
    I tried searching, but people are mostly talking about unlocking their GSM models.

    Is it possible to unlock a VZW BB9930 for use with a domestic GSM carrier?

    I've heard of people doing it for the Storm series, but I was wondering whether it would allow me to get 3G on AT&T.

    Additionally, how much would it cost and where could I do it?
    08-16-11 11:08 PM
  2. californiablackberry's Avatar
    You can, but you'll only get EDGE.
    It would be better to purchase a Rogers branded 9900, unlock it and activate it. You'll get 3G.
    08-16-11 11:10 PM
  3. freethisberrydotcom's Avatar
    Californiablackberry is correct. . You will only be able to get 2G ...

    Rogers, Bell, Virgin and Telus 9900's will get you 3G ...
    08-16-11 11:12 PM
  4. ali.fazal's Avatar
    I would-- but it seems like the Rogers ones are selling for a minimum of $800 while the VZW contract-free at about $500.

    I would wait if it was coming to ATT soon, but since the rumor is November, my options are either to buy a T-Mobile one outright (when it comes out next week) and use it on EDGE or a VZW one and use it on EDGE.

    But, just to clarify, the only thing stopping someone from using a CDMA world phone stateside is unlocking it? I figured the carriers would do more to make sure that the SIM slot was only usable outside the US.
    08-16-11 11:13 PM
  5. californiablackberry's Avatar
    I would-- but it seems like the Rogers ones are selling for a minimum of $800 while the VZW contract-free at about $500.

    I would wait if it was coming to ATT soon, but since the rumor is November, my options are either to buy a T-Mobile one outright (when it comes out next week) and use it on EDGE or a VZW one and use it on EDGE.

    But, just to clarify, the only thing stopping someone from using a CDMA world phone stateside is unlocking it? I figured the carriers would do more to make sure that the SIM slot was only usable outside the US.
    Not all CDMA devices are global ready, which means they have SIM slots that are for international use.
    That's why you only get EDGE (2G) in the US but in the rest of the world, you can get 3G.
    08-16-11 11:15 PM
  6. ali.fazal's Avatar
    Oh, I see.

    I was just making sure that there's nothing on the firmware side that would prevent me from using Blackberry features with a domestic GSM carrier.
    08-16-11 11:27 PM
  7. Culex316's Avatar
    I would-- but it seems like the Rogers ones are selling for a minimum of $800 while the VZW contract-free at about $500.

    I would wait if it was coming to ATT soon, but since the rumor is November, my options are either to buy a T-Mobile one outright (when it comes out next week) and use it on EDGE or a VZW one and use it on EDGE.

    But, just to clarify, the only thing stopping someone from using a CDMA world phone stateside is unlocking it? I figured the carriers would do more to make sure that the SIM slot was only usable outside the US.
    Not all CDMA devices are global ready, which means they have SIM slots that are for international use.
    That's why you only get EDGE (2G) in the US but in the rest of the world, you can get 3G.
    It's because they exclude the North American UMTS bands from the phones (850/1900Mhz), but they leave in EDGE as a compromise because Latin America also uses the North American bands and if that didn't work, then it wouldn't be a true "world phone".
    08-16-11 11:52 PM
  8. jhanks64's Avatar
    Can someone please explain why this is the situation with no 3G? I have an unlocked 9650 that I use for testing AT&T and I thought that the signal was just bad in my area.

    Why would they leave off the frequencies we need?

    3G did work fine when I was in Vietnam for vacation a few months ago though.
    08-17-11 04:10 AM
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