Ambroos, on 10 December 2012 - 00:59, said:
You can only use GSM networks with a GSM phone. Verizon and Sprint both use CDMA networks (and work without a SIM-card). You can never use a 'European' phone on those networks.
Also be careful with T-Mobile US. One of their 3G frequencies isn't available on most European handsets, leaving you without 3G. I think they're adding the traditional frequency but it isn't active in many places yet. AT&T is the only network that is fully compatible with all European wireless standards and frequencies.
(But I just checked, the 8820 doesn't have 3G so you're fine with T-Mobile or AT&T anyway.)
Yeah, it's actually a Canadian phone (previously used with Rogers up there); I checked their compatibility and it's in the list of Blackberry's that I can use. You're right; the 8820 is too old for 3G. That explains why Verizon and Sprint have only plans where you have to get the phone through them. I chatted with a T-Mobile representative, and she showed me a link to where I can get an unactivated T-Mobile SIM card for $0.99 and then activate it with a plan when I'm ready.
I still want to wait to see whether my new employer has some plan I could join and get a good deal. I'm not against getting a newer device now, but I figured if I can save some money in the meantime and still use my faithful and trusty Blackberry, I would like to. I think I'm going to need some time getting used to paying so much for a mobile phone plan.
I can't believe some mobile companies are still using CDMA!
shozilla, on 10 December 2012 - 00:40, said:
Like I said in previous post, Sprint do NOT carry simcards unless they have in Nextel dept... I think Sprint might have closed Nextel dept awhile back. Contact Sprint for sure and see if they have simcards... But they are happy to take your phone and give you a new one.
AT&T have them but they can send you simcard in mail after you contact them on phone or you have to go to their store to get it.
Ah, okay, so that might be an option too. But man, T-Mobile have some great rates; I'm not sure AT&T would be able to have similar plans so cheap.