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    The Pearl on Cingular

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    Hi everybody. I just joined this forum hoping that someone out there can answer this question for me- I'm VERY interested in getting the Blackberry Pearl. I'm on the Cingular network and am not that interested in switching to T-Mobile to get it. I'm thinking about buying an unlocked one so I can use it on Cingular. Has anyone here done this? And if so, did you encounter any problems? I'd really appreciate any feedback on this subject! Thanks.

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    Yes, many people have done this and most with no problems.
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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    Kendrick

    The pearl works great on Cingular, been using mine for about 2 weeks now.

    I bought mine at a T-Mobile 3rd party reseller (car toys) and then had t-mobile unlock it. The process is pretty simple and only took about 24 hrs. After you buy the phone at full retail ($349) call t-mobile customer care and tell them you paid full retail price for it and want it unlocked. They will then generate a case number and have you fax a bunch of other info to their unlock department and usually within 24 hrs they will e-mail you a unlock code.


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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    Just wait a few more weeks or a bit more and Cingular should be releasing the Pearl.

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    While unlocking phones may be the easier solution it also sometimes causes issues since the phone is not programmed for the cingular network
    The pearl is supposed to come out within the next month for cingular so I would suggest just waiting
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    While unlocking phones may be the easier solution it also sometimes causes issues since the phone is not programmed for the cingular network
    The pearl is supposed to come out within the next month for cingular so I would suggest just waiting
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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    I bought an unlocked pearl on eBay and it works great. I didn't have to do anything but put my cingular SIM card in. So far the only feature that doesn't work is the MMS because Cingular doesn't support it. You can wait for Cingular's official version if you want but I'd seen enough instances where Cingular kept saying a phone was just about to be released only to keep delaying it because of their "high standards of quality control."

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    Hi Kendrick and Welcome!

    The rumor mill has the Pearl coming out in Nov from Cingular. At this point I would wait and get it from them. While an unlocked Pearl will work, If you have troubles, Cingular will probably give you problems with support.

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    AFAIK being a T-Mo store owner, I was told we have exclusivity on the Pearl til December. But again, you know how that goes.

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    That could be, You know how rumors go, I have heard everything from Nov to Feb for Cingular release. November seems to be the prevailing theory now, but that could just be wishful thinking! LOL

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ Cingular's pearl will also support push to talk.

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    does anybody with cingular actually get the push-to-talk service?

    Everyone I know that wants/needs push-to-talk go with Nextel. But at least ehyr are trying to offer an alternative. Has verizon's push to talk ever caught on?

    As for an unlocked pearl, i'd actually wait until Cingular comes out, since then there would be a drop in prices for unlocked t-mo pearls.

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    I unlocked a pearl and have been running it on cingular with no problem. The only thing that doesn't work is IM clients (unless someone knows how to make it work). MMS works for me, just had to configure the proper APN settings and haven't had a problem since then.

    So, does anyone know how to to get the IM clients to function properly?

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    Thanks everybody for the help. We'll see how it goes.

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    Re: The Pearl on Cingular

    Did you tell Cingular your PIN on your unlocked Pearl?

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