1. noodlesalan's Avatar

    I just purchased a Blackberry Storm and need to activate AUTOMATIC B, a type of roaming under the Network Settings.

    The 2 other blackberries i have already have automatic a and b. my blackberry has only automatic.

    i am trying to put it under a different carrier, page plus. I have successfully ported and have 2 fully functional phones. the 3rd is a dud.

    does anyone know how to put it to auto b? i have already wiped the phone a few times. still nothing.
    11-02-09 07:06 PM
  2. noodlesalan's Avatar
    Has anyone ever heard of this?

    11-03-09 06:11 AM
  3. CharlesH's Avatar
    Has anyone ever heard of this?
    The Auto A/Auto B option has been removed from most "dumb" phones a couple of years ago. I guess they finally got around to removing it from the BB. What it does is: If no system from the PRL (Preferred Roaming List) in the phone can be found, AND the PRL has the "Preferred Only" flag is not set, THEN look on the cellular A or B band (for Auto A / Auto B respectively) for service. This was a feature from the analog days before they had PRLs, to tell the phone where to find service.The PRL for current VZW plans sets the "Preferred Only" flag, so it is irrelevant for them, and the option is not offerred. There are some long-deprecated plans (such as America Choice I) which allows off-PRL roaming. If you dial 911, then the PRL restrictions are ignored, and the phone searches for any system its hardware supports. This has the odd effect that your phone may say "No Service", but a 911 call may go through.

    When moving to another provider, you need to do whatever their process is to get their PRL on your phone, so the phone will find their system.
    Last edited by CharlesH; 11-03-09 at 04:43 PM.
    11-03-09 04:36 PM