1. buzzed's Avatar
    I'm buying a used bb pearl 8120 that has been unlocked, so I called Bell to verify this model would work on Bell's network. The representative told me 'No matter what the model, if the phone has been unlocked from it's carrier all i needed was a bell SIM card in order for it to be activated'. I didn't think that was the case, so I re-called 2 times and every rep told me the model # did NOT matter, maybe i had a misconception, I thought the model had to be supported by Bell as well! ....I guess this means i could unlock a Rogers 8900 (a model Bell does not sell) and activate it with Bell!

    I hope this is news to others!
    01-13-10 04:07 PM
  2. Nathan79's Avatar
    Before you get too excited and buy the 8120, im gonna have to tell you the bell reps were WRONG!!!! The 8120 is only a gsm phone, there aren't any hspa bands that the new bell and telus networks run on. The only blackberrys that have this band are the bold 9000 and bold 9700. Dont waste your money on an 8900 either, because it wont work either. You have to have the 3G north american bands!

    You need the hspa 1900 band to work on bell and telus, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
    01-13-10 06:37 PM
  3. buzzed's Avatar
    Thanks for the look out, I did some research: The 8120 runs on *North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks * AND *North America: 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks* EVERY other GSM phone offered by Bell is compatible with "HSPA+" but further down the specs they are also capable with North America GSM/GPRS bands 850/900/1800/1900.
    They're compatible bands, but does that mean Bell supports them as well, besides the HSPA bands of Bell?!?
    01-14-10 07:55 AM
  4. cklasse's Avatar
    Bell only has HSPA bands, not 3G bands. ONLY the Bold 9000 and 9700 are compatible as of now.
    01-14-10 08:31 PM
  5. CanuckBB's Avatar
    Thanks for the look out, I did some research: The 8120 runs on *North America: 850 MHz GSM/GPRS networks * AND *North America: 1900MHz GSM/GPRS networks* EVERY other GSM phone offered by Bell is compatible with "HSPA+" but further down the specs they are also capable with North America GSM/GPRS bands 850/900/1800/1900.
    They're compatible bands, but does that mean Bell supports them as well, besides the HSPA bands of Bell?!?
    The phones sold by Bell will work on any GSM network. The reverse is not true. Bell only operates the HSPA network. The only HSPA compatble BBs as of this moment are the 9000 and 9700.
    01-15-10 01:12 PM
  6. buzzed's Avatar
    Thanks for the clarification guys.
    01-15-10 03:27 PM
  7. DTZ's Avatar
    Ok so what about an 8310 AT& T thats unlocked and using it on Verizons Network?
    01-18-10 06:08 PM
  8. pigdude's Avatar
    Ok so what about an 8310 AT& T thats unlocked and using it on Verizons Network?
    This post belongs in the verizon forum, but to answer, since Verizon is a CDMA network, the 8310 is aGSM phone, it will not work
    01-19-10 06:46 AM
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