1. StuMcBill's Avatar
    Hi

    I am on O2 UK and am currently not a blackberry user, I am seriously considering getting the Bold 9000 though, however, my contract is not up for renewal until next year (June).

    My parents are going on holiday to Dubai next month, and I just wondered, it it was available there when they travelled, and they could get a sim-unlocked one (I believe most phones purchased over there are?), would I have any problems running it on my O2UK sim card?

    I spoke to O2 yesterday about roaming internet charges and they said I would be able to Bolt On an unlimited worldwide data service for 23 per month, even if I bought my blackberry from a 3rd party.

    Does this sound right to anyone else?

    Thanks

    Stewart
    08-05-08 04:33 AM
  2. HD123's Avatar
    Hi

    I am on O2 UK and am currently not a blackberry user, I am seriously considering getting the Bold 9000 though, however, my contract is not up for renewal until next year (June).

    My parents are going on holiday to Dubai next month, and I just wondered, it it was available there when they travelled, and they could get a sim-unlocked one (I believe most phones purchased over there are?), would I have any problems running it on my O2UK sim card?

    I spoke to O2 yesterday about roaming internet charges and they said I would be able to Bolt On an unlimited worldwide data service for 23 per month, even if I bought my blackberry from a 3rd party.

    Does this sound right to anyone else?

    Thanks

    Stewart
    Bad news for you,

    1 - new blackberry handsets come out much later here than anywhere else (just our luck.. every other phone model comes out here first)

    2 - blackberry handsets here are locked to Etisalat carrier (just our luck, blackberries are the ONLY handsets here that are locked. Which is pretty crazy considering manufacturers release all phone models here not just a few of them that the carriers decide to take on.)

    If you were to find one later on, you could still have it unlocked and use it with O2. But I HIGHLY doubt the Bold will come out here before it comes out in the UK.
    08-05-08 05:03 AM
  3. StuMcBill's Avatar
    Bad news for you,

    1 - new blackberry handsets come out much later here than anywhere else (just our luck.. every other phone model comes out here first)

    2 - blackberry handsets here are locked to Etisalat carrier (just our luck, blackberries are the ONLY handsets here that are locked. Which is pretty crazy considering manufacturers release all phone models here not just a few of them that the carriers decide to take on.)

    If you were to find one later on, you could still have it unlocked and use it with O2. But I HIGHLY doubt the Bold will come out here before it comes out in the UK.

    Ah Ok I see.

    Thanks for your help, looks like I will be keeping an eye on O2 and ebay then!
    08-05-08 05:15 AM
  4. Ash_786's Avatar
    Damn ......

    I have a cousin travelling to Dubai next week and I was going to get him to look if he could track me one down, as I thought that they might release early over there !!!!

    Places like Chile get the phone first and Europe & Saudi have to wait ..... I can't understand it.

    The worlds becoming a crazy place to live in !
    08-05-08 07:40 AM
  5. Nony888's Avatar
    Ah Ok I see.

    Thanks for your help, looks like I will be keeping an eye on O2 and ebay then!
    HAHAHA! ok now its funny! BB Bold is available in dubai! we are getting it for 5000 AED. my friend just bought one , an unlocked version. forget bold, even one kickstart is in town
    you know now whom to contact
    08-29-08 04:00 PM
  6. HD123's Avatar
    HAHAHA! ok now its funny! BB Bold is available in dubai! we are getting it for 5000 AED. my friend just bought one , an unlocked version. forget bold, even one kickstart is in town
    you know now whom to contact
    Ya I saw, on souq.com; $1400 for a bold, no thanks I had one sent from canada for half the price. If I had seen those prices I would have had them send a bunch. Maybe still will.
    08-29-08 11:49 PM
  7. KiwiNed's Avatar
    You need to buy a whole bunch from Rogers, get them unlocked and open a stand at the Mall of the Emirates and make a killing
    08-30-08 12:14 AM
  8. KiwiNed's Avatar
    Or even set up a roadside stand on the drawbridge going across to the Burj
    08-30-08 12:15 AM
  9. HD123's Avatar
    im going to see if anyone is coming this way.... I myself know 9-10 people who would pay $1500 for one.
    08-30-08 12:20 AM
  10. aeldes1's Avatar
    Actually, a friend of mine was telling me he saw them for sale (unlocked) BEFORE there where available anywhere.

    BEWARE of these units. They are stolen R&D units, and may be blocked by the carrier at any time. If you suspect that it may be a sketchy device, turn it off, and back on. If it is an engineering sample it will say "Property of Research In Motion..."
    08-30-08 12:25 AM
  11. garfieldbold's Avatar
    Also, a device in Dubai may
    (a) Be locked to Eutelsat ?
    (b) Not have UK keyboard ?
    (c) May not be good value - Ive not often found any electronics bargains in Dubai. Carpets Yes. Electronics No.
    09-07-08 04:39 PM
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