1. vjdup's Avatar
    Im new to GSM, I know the CDMA side.
    If I unlock the unit can I use any carriers SIM card?
    I plan on being south of Cancun, Mexico all of February and planned on buying a Movistar or Telmex GSM SIm card, can I pop it in and use the GSM side of the Storm.
    What about data?
    01-06-09 12:14 AM
  2. xxxxpradaxxxx's Avatar
    Im not to sure about Movistar-

    But for Tmobile or AT&T you can pop in a SIM after unlocking the Storm.

    But You'll be Restricted to Edge Speeds.
    01-06-09 12:15 AM
  3. brothamoveson's Avatar
    Should be no problem with TMO and ATT other countries just depends on the carrier.
    01-06-09 12:16 AM
  4. watain's Avatar
    I was in Cancun for xmas/ny and the first place I went (telcel) sim cards did not work with my storm.
    01-06-09 12:20 AM
  5. StormunDrang's Avatar
    I picked up my Storm on 11/29, unlocked it on the 30th, and took it to the Philippines for 3 weeks. Put in a Smart card there locally and it worked awesome. Never tried to use data, though...just needed it for calls/txts.
    01-06-09 12:36 AM
  6. arickinreallife's Avatar
    i would call verizon and get that international calling feature put on your line so calls are cheap. that way you can keep your SIM card in it and still have the same number
    01-06-09 12:38 AM
  7. vjdup's Avatar
    I was in Cancun for xmas/ny and the first place I went (telcel) sim cards did not work with my storm.
    Is yours unlocked?
    01-06-09 12:48 AM
  8. vjdup's Avatar
    i would call verizon and get that international calling feature put on your line so calls are cheap. that way you can keep your SIM card in it and still have the same number
    Im not with Verizon.
    01-06-09 12:48 AM
  9. archpopoy's Avatar
    I picked up my Storm on 11/29, unlocked it on the 30th, and took it to the Philippines for 3 weeks. Put in a Smart card there locally and it worked awesome. Never tried to use data, though...just needed it for calls/txts.
    Hi there,

    How'd you unlock it? I'm not with Verizon though, how do I get it successfully unlocked?
    02-05-09 07:12 PM
  10. TUCRACEMAN's Avatar
    I called verizon to unlock my phone and they said that they would not do it because it would void my warranty. Grrr.
    ~D
    02-05-09 07:53 PM
  11. buxleyp's Avatar
    I called verizon to unlock my phone and they said that they would not do it because it would void my warranty. Grrr.
    ~D
    That's complete BS. Call Verizon, ask for global support. As long as you have an account in good standing and have been a customer for >60 days, they will give you an unlock code.

    Unlocking Storm has no effect on warranty.
    02-05-09 07:57 PM
  12. TUCRACEMAN's Avatar
    Roger that. I'll call tomorrow. Thanks.
    ~D
    02-05-09 08:00 PM
  13. Dementius's Avatar
    i would call verizon and get that international calling feature put on your line so calls are cheap. that way you can keep your SIM card in it and still have the same number
    It frustrates me at how many customer service reps confuse this feature and misinform customers about it. The International Dial Value Plan feature has absolutely no effect on the roaming rate you pay when you travel outside the country...it only reduces the costs of calls to other countries from within the United States.
    02-05-09 08:24 PM
  14. corpnetsolutions's Avatar
    International calling is more expensive than getting a pre paid sim card from the country you are visiting. Just contact Global Support and tell them you are travelling to England and you need your phone unlocked. Even if you don't have 60 days good standing, tell them that's the reason you bought the storm and you are leaving for a business trip TOMORROW. They will do it.
    02-05-09 08:35 PM
  15. archpopoy's Avatar
    If you have any problems with Global Support, PM me your IMEI and I'll generate the code for you.
    Hi there,

    Can you do this for the Bell 9530's as well?

    Thanks!
    02-06-09 12:49 PM
  16. mpafr012's Avatar
    Hi there,

    Can you do this for the Bell 9530's as well?

    Thanks!
    Send him a PM as I believe they can unlock all 9500 and 9530's. Or go to their web page.
    02-06-09 12:54 PM
  17. archpopoy's Avatar
    Awesome. Thanks!
    02-06-09 12:56 PM
  18. jwbtx's Avatar
    I am headed overseas next week, and I just called up VZ and said I was going and wanted to use a pp sim.. They transferred me to a specialist, and he had me enter some data into the phone ad it unlocked. I have heard you need to be on the plan for at least 2 months.. I dont know anything about that, but I have been a customer for 9 years..

    jwb



    I called verizon to unlock my phone and they said that they would not do it because it would void my warranty. Grrr.
    ~D
    02-13-09 07:12 PM
  19. bbsean's Avatar
    I was a Verizon customer for about a year - had the Storm for a month - just called Global Support, told them I'd be going 'home' for a vacation and want to use a Vodafone SIM - there was absolutely no problem at all.
    (I used the number in this post: http://forums.crackberry.com/f86/how...k-code-101858/)

    To the OP's question - yes, you should be able to use SIM cards from other carriers, but having never specifically tested Movistar or Telmex, I couldn't say for certain. Per a previous posters comment, I would recommend calling ACS before you travel to see if they have any sort of 'International' plan or reciprocal agreements with the chaps in Mexico!

    Either way, Have a great holiday!


    I am headed overseas next week, and I just called up VZ and said I was going and wanted to use a pp sim.. They transferred me to a specialist, and he had me enter some data into the phone ad it unlocked. I have heard you need to be on the plan for at least 2 months.. I dont know anything about that, but I have been a customer for 9 years..

    jwb
    Last edited by bbsean; 02-13-09 at 07:44 PM.
    02-13-09 07:36 PM
  20. yetibuddha's Avatar
    Many people have asked if when they unlock their phone, using the steps outlined elsewhere, from Verizon Global Support, will it work on other GSM carriers overseas.

    I just returned from southern Africa. Bought sim cards in both South Africa and Namibia, placed them in the Storm as appropriate. Phone worked just fine. I did not purchase a data plan in either place so did not test this.

    For me, having just one phone that works basically everywhere I need to go is worth the bit of extra cost.
    02-17-09 08:08 PM
  21. patches152's Avatar
    It frustrates me at how many customer service reps confuse this feature and misinform customers about it. The International Dial Value Plan feature has absolutely no effect on the roaming rate you pay when you travel outside the country...it only reduces the costs of calls to other countries from within the United States.
    there IS an int'l data plan for global blackberries also. but since mexico has CDMA coverage, i'd suggest just eating the roaming rates. instead of popping a local SIM, and having a different number. idk how much less expensive it would be. and the coverage in cancun is pretty badass, so having CDMA is the way to go i'd say.
    02-18-09 12:07 PM
  22. pre me's Avatar
    I have been to Rocky Point many times with multiple verizon phones. Did not work at all. I have a storm and after reading this thread I decided to unlock mine with the hopes of using it on either MovieStar or Telcel.

    I would also like to know how to get a hold of a prepaid sim when Im down there. The last time I went we were going to try it in one of my friends ATT phones which was not unlocked (newbie I know) and they would not sell me just the sim card. They said the only way I could get one was to buy a whole phone from them. What a waste of a hundred bucks. I hope someone can get some real details on this issue so I dont get suckered again lol
    02-18-09 06:21 PM
  23. JD Romero's Avatar
    it should work just fine i've heard of people living from Venezuela using the Storm for Movistar and Digitel with no problem
    02-18-09 06:25 PM
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