im with at&t and i was wondering how will i get it unlocked since verizon ... BlackBerry Storm forum
im with at&t and i was wondering how will i get it unlocked since verizon doesnt use sim cards. Also what will the storm cost?
I would also like to know the answer to this. I want a storm but don't want to make the switch.
You can not take a CMDA Device(Verizon, Sprint) and go to a GSM Network (AT&T, T Mobile.....).
the storm is a CDMA handset, and will not work on GSM carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile. The GSM radio in the Verizon version does not (from what I have heard) support the US GSM bands, only the GSM bands out of the US. You will have to wait untill the recently FCC approved GSM version becomes available
Verizon Wireless Storm 9530 Specifications:
EVDO Rev A: (1900/800 MHz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
The verizon storm does support north american GSM frequencies, the only real question that remains is what type of sim lock that verizon will have on the phone, if any at all. If it doesn't have any sim locks, then in theory you should be able to pop in an att or t-mobile sim card and the phone will work, but only at edge speeds.
"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything"
i think that they will have a sim lock on it, i doubt that they wouldn't then people would be getting an unlock verizon version of the storm and not wait for the gsm version. but the question is can you unlock the sim lock so that you can use it on tmo/att.
Originally Posted by Madscotsman
Knowing Verizon there is no way they would allow for any use of this phone off of their network in this country. I would wait a little long, because there is a GSM version on the way, no telling what it's specs or compatability will be.
as a old school phone hacker we have unlocked a whole lot of phones that were quote unlockable so that said where theres a will theres a way once the storm is in hand someone will figure it out and i bet someone is already working on it
Originally Posted by blacktouch007
They won't lock the SIM. How else would you use it overseas. It's not about the SIM card. It's about what they do with the NA GSM bands.
@ OP your best bet is to get the Vodafone 9500 version.
The sim card in VZW's 8830 is locked, which I take to mean that you can't use another company's sim in the phone. In Europe, the 8830 picks up Vodaphone's network. Where Vodaphone fades out, it will roam on other networks. I was in eastern Germany last month and got Blackberry data on T-Mobile.
VZW will unlock the phone if you ask them nicely.
I have been looking for information on the Storm 9500 unlocked version and I found the same info on each site I have been to. Here is info from a site that will be selling the unlocked Storm when its released.
The 9500 Storm is the first Touch Screen Phone from RIM & features a 3.3 inch Touch Screen having a resolution of 360 x 480. It has tri-band 3G with HSDPA and Quad-band GSM support making it capable of global roaming. The 9500 Storm is running on a 624 MHz CPU and has 192 MB of RAM. It utilizes a new version of the BlackBerry OS, optimized for touchscreen input.
Some of the other extras include a built-in GPS (with A-GPS functionality), Wi-fi, microSD card slot with support for up to 8GB cards and a 3.5mm standard audio jack for plugging your own custom headphones. The 9500 Storm measures 112.5 x 62.2 x 13.9 mm and is also quite thin.
The great thing about the Storm is that it features True Haptics in it's Touch Screen which offers physical response to user's input on the screen. It feels just like when pressing a physical button. Along with that, the phone also vibrates a little to tell the user that the input has been made.
2G Network GSM 850 / GSM 900 / GSM 1800 / GSM 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / HSDPA 1900 / HSDPA 2100[/FONT]
Size: 360 x 480 pixels,3.3 inches
TFT touchscreen,65K colors Display
Ringtones: Type Polyphonic,MP3
Card slot: MicroSD TransFlash & MicroSDHC,Up To 8 GB
Call records: Yes
192 MB RAM
1 GB storage memory
624 MHz CPU
Data: GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots),32- 48 kbps
EDGE: Class 10, 236.8 kbps
DataViz document viewer/editor
3.15 MP Camera
2048 × 1536 pixels
Games: Yes+ downloadable
Music & Multimedia
Media player MP3/WMA/AAC+
Video player DivX/WMV/XviD/3gp
Standard Battery Charger
Standard Li-ion Battery
User Manual Guide
3.5 mm stereo headset jack
Last edited by cballard26; 11-04-2008 at 10:46 PM.
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so does bell or telus use gsm???
Bell and Telus are both CDMA 800/850/1900 MHz.
AT&T will get the Storm next year, a GSM Version has already been approved by the FCC.
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