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    Has this ever happened and what was the outcome and possible recourse? Can it still be unlocked if the carrier is switched? This is one of the many questions I searched for but to no avail ,would you just have to eat the cost of your "new" phone? WoW 21 questions *lol* The phone in question would of course be a Pearl!
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    Re: Buying phone with a previous unpaid bill...

    Actually a friend of mine just ran into this problem, they basically had to eat the cost and now its used as a paper weight.

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    Re: Buying phone with a previous unpaid bill...

    If you buy a phone there should be a return policy no matter who you bought it from.

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    Re: Buying phone with a previous unpaid bill...

    As far as i know, the original carrier has to be the one to unlock it, and they wont do that unless someone pays the outstanding balance.
    The above commentary is for entertainment purposes only. If this was actual joke the tone you just heard would have been followed by emergency response information. It's supposed to be fun people.

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    Re: Buying phone with a previous unpaid bill...

    On a normal GSM phone it isn't an issue since all you have to do is install the sim and go. On a BB because of the pin needing to be changed, you can probably get the phone working but getting the email working may not happen.

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    In the USA GSM phones are typically locked to the carrier. In order to use a different carriers sim you need an "unlocked" phone. This includes blackberries. synik is right, that needs to be done by the original carrier. There are also services such as gsmphonesource that will unlock for a charge.

    BlueHefner's only chance will be with one of these services, as there is no way the original carrier will unlock a phone on an account that has an outstanding balance. BH - this one might be worth passing on...
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    Re: Buying phone with a previous unpaid bill...

    Thanks to all of you! And GaryF your right this is indeed worthy of being passed on since I couldn't find anything about it when I initially searched!
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    Re: Buying phone with a previous unpaid bill...

    Quote Originally Posted by Er0
    Actually a friend of mine just ran into this problem, they basically had to eat the cost and now its used as a paper weight.
    WoW! And that was my concern.

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    Zo

    In the USA GSM phones are typically locked to the carrier. In order to use a different carriers sim you need an "unlocked" phone. This includes blackberries. synik is right, that needs to be done by the original carrier. There are also services such as gsmphonesource that will unlock for a charge.

    BlueHefner's only chance will be with one of these services, as there is no way the original carrier will unlock a phone on an account that has an outstanding balance. BH - this one might be worth passing on...
    Thank you...
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