1. lhac11's Avatar
    i am planning on unlocking a bold 9700 for use abroad in spain with a vodafone sim card. i understand the unlocking process, but my question is whether or not the phone, which is going to be unlocked from at&t, will have full 3g functionality on vodafone's network in europe. i have heard that phones will work in europe when unlocked, but not necessarily with european 3g if they have previously been locked to at&t.

    thanks for your help.
    08-19-10 06:59 PM
  2. lilraul's Avatar
    I think the at&t will work in Europe but not if it was locked to T-mobile US.

    The at&t handset has the 3g bands to support the europe networks.
    08-19-10 07:18 PM
  3. felix1522's Avatar
    I don't think so, if I'm reading things right, ATT and Voda use different frequencies.
    08-19-10 07:18 PM
  4. lilraul's Avatar
    yes but the at&t 9700 handset has 1,2,5,6 3g bands which would cover the networks in europe including Vodafone.
    Last edited by lilraul; 08-19-10 at 07:23 PM.
    08-19-10 07:21 PM
  5. dLo GSR's Avatar
    it should work. either 9700 supports the 2100 MHz freq, which is what voda uses:
    List of UMTS networks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    08-19-10 07:33 PM
  6. ohbarnes's Avatar
    Mine worked in England, Ireland and Germany - got 3g on voda with AT&T 9700.

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    08-19-10 09:55 PM
  7. felix1522's Avatar
    Well, I stand corrected. Good to know as I'll be taking a trip to Germany next year.
    08-19-10 10:50 PM
  8. lhac11's Avatar
    thanks for the help guys. fyi i'll be using the phone in spain so i'll report back on whether or not it works.
    08-19-10 11:10 PM
  9. Phill_UK's Avatar
    Yup, I can confirm that with bands 1, 2, 5 & 6 you'll definitely be ok for 3G in Spain on Vodafone ES (and all of Europe).

    I have the same bands and use mine often in Spain with no problems.

    Enjoy your trip

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    08-19-10 11:53 PM
  10. lhac11's Avatar
    can anyone confirm if it's only at&t blackberrys that will work on vodafone 3g? i am buying the phone before i go abroad (i currently have a verizon curve so can't take that), and would consider a tmobile 9700 as well as long as it would have the same functionality as an at&t one.

    thanks
    08-22-10 07:25 PM
  11. felix1522's Avatar
    TMO & ATT use different 3G bands, I know that much.
    08-22-10 10:38 PM
  12. msnger's Avatar
    AT&T HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
    T-Mobile HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100

    both version of 9700 would be able to use Vodaphone's 3G.

    BlackBerry Bold 9700 - Full phone specifications
    08-23-10 03:41 AM
  13. lostOzone's Avatar
    I get 3G in Spain with my 9700 which has 3G Bands 1,2,5,6
    08-23-10 05:22 AM
  14. greatgoogly's Avatar
    I took my Tmobile 9700 to Germany earlier this year and 3G worked fine. I think both ATT and Tmobile Bold's will work fine with 3G in Europe, they just won't work here in the states on the other's 3G networks.
    08-23-10 05:38 AM
  15. hibanzai's Avatar
    I'll bump this thread, just to confirm. Am bringing an unlocked 9700 from France, should work fine in North America. Am new to blackberry, but seeing how some manufacturers release different versions of a model for each continent, each works on a different set of bands from the other. I take it this is not the case with BBs? and 9700 to be specific. Whatever the country you're buying from, the phone is similar in specifications to any phone in the world?
    09-17-10 02:23 PM
  16. Phill_UK's Avatar
    I'll bump this thread, just to confirm. Am bringing an unlocked 9700 from France, should work fine in North America. Am new to blackberry, but seeing how some manufacturers release different versions of a model for each continent, each works on a different set of bands from the other. I take it this is not the case with BBs? and 9700 to be specific. Whatever the country you're buying from, the phone is similar in specifications to any phone in the world?
    You'll be fine, but you won't get 3G on the TMO USA network with it... different frequencies/phone bands
    09-17-10 02:27 PM
  17. hibanzai's Avatar
    So does that mean that all TMO users can't get 3G on their 9700's? Or is it that they have a different specification phone with their 3G bands? Just curious. Am not with TMO anyway. All I care about is getting 3G and when am not picking up a 3G signal, I at least have EDGE. Carriers I care about are Rogers/Fido (Canada), Verizon/ATT (US), and any GSM carrier in Europe.
    09-17-10 02:33 PM
  18. Phill_UK's Avatar
    So does that mean that all TMO users can't get 3G on their 9700's? Or is it that they have a different specification phone with their 3G bands? Just curious. Am not with TMO anyway. All I care about is getting 3G and when am not picking up a 3G signal, I at least have EDGE. Carriers I care about are Rogers/Fido (Canada), Verizon/ATT (US), and any GSM carrier in Europe.
    They have phones with different 3G bands for their network.

    No idea about Rogers/Fido, I thought Verizon was a CDMA carrier, AT&T willl be OK, and you'll be fine with all European GSM carriers
    09-17-10 02:38 PM
  19. dLo GSR's Avatar
    So does that mean that all TMO users can't get 3G on their 9700's? Or is it that they have a different specification phone with their 3G bands? Just curious. Am not with TMO anyway. All I care about is getting 3G and when am not picking up a 3G signal, I at least have EDGE. Carriers I care about are Rogers/Fido (Canada), Verizon/ATT (US), and any GSM carrier in Europe.
    T-Mo and WIND use a different 3G frequency, and so the phones sold to those networks have a different antenna to accept that frequency. However, all 9700 antennas have the 2100 frequency that is prevalent in many (non-US) 3G networks.
    09-17-10 02:39 PM
  20. hibanzai's Avatar
    Excellent then. Thanks for the input gentlemen, it's very much appreciated.
    09-17-10 03:02 PM
  21. orticelli86's Avatar
    Hi Guys,
    I am thinking about buying a used Bold 9700 (AT&T) because for the next two years I will be working abroad. I will be in 3 different locations for 8 months each (Norway, Brazil, and Malaysia). I was wondering if I can simply switch the SIM card to local carrier when I arrive in a country and my Bold should work? Will I also get 3G and the Blackberry Messenger?
    05-27-11 08:58 AM
  22. freethisberrydotcom's Avatar
    You will need to unlock it first and it will work properly with the correct data plan.
    05-27-11 09:01 PM
  23. Unlockingauthoritycom's Avatar
    Hi Guys,
    I am thinking about buying a used Bold 9700 (AT&T) because for the next two years I will be working abroad. I will be in 3 different locations for 8 months each (Norway, Brazil, and Malaysia). I was wondering if I can simply switch the SIM card to local carrier when I arrive in a country and my Bold should work? Will I also get 3G and the Blackberry Messenger?
    Yes your phone will work 100% in those countries! beauty of unlocking! You have to unlock it, if you need help let us know or try calling your carrier.

    as for the 3g, when you unlock a phone the 3g is not compatible on those other carriers. So you will be stuck on 2g, only downside.

    And the blackberry messenger, email, browser you will have to configure, or move over to your new network! google is your friend when it comes to that, or any local phone shops can probably help you.
    05-29-11 04:51 PM
  24. blackberryunlocker10sec's Avatar
    it will work anywhere you want, provided that it's compatible.
    05-30-11 01:49 PM
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