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I have a Blackberry 8830 world edition phone with SprintPCS. What do i need to do/buy so that i can use my phone when i'm traveling internationally?
I assume I would need a SIM card. Is there any specific kind of SIM card i need?
09-25-2008, 09:57 PM
There are two considerations.
First, is your phone unlocked (will it accept another sim)? Sprint may do it if you ask nicely and tell them why you want it unlocked, they may not.
Second, you'll need a sim. I'm assuming you want to get a local number for wherever you'll be. I think in most of Europe (and definitely the UK) your best bet is to buy a prepaid sim once you get there.
If you can't get your phone unlocked, you can probably buy an inexpensive unlocked one locally. I've taken several recent work trips to London, and the first time I went I picked up an unlocked phone and a prepaid sim. It's worked great. The sim was 10 pounds and the phone was around 20.
I haven't specifically tried this in Japan (the other place I've visited recently), as they have cell phone rental places which are reasonably priced.
thanks for the info MrG
i was just reading some stuff online and ppl say the easiest thing to do is just pay for the Sprint International plan and my phone should work in most European countries, which is where i'll be going.
they say there are some issues with SIM cards because of the way Sprint/Blackberry services operate.
09-26-2008, 01:28 PM
It really depends on what you want to use the phone for. When I go to London I take my iPhone 3G, which retains my normal US number and I use it to call people back home (in a pinch) and to check my email (data roaming is expensive!). Although I try to use skype for any calls longer than a few minutes.
If you want a local number to keep in touch with locals or call hotels & restaurants, then I would get an inexpensive unlocked phone and prepaid sim.
So I end up carrying two phone, one with my US number, and a local one.
09-26-2008, 04:54 PM
for me, I have a phone by ATT, i looked up how to unlock it on wiki, and i did that with ease. When i went to hong kong, I just bought myself a plan, and just slapped in the sim card. Worked like a charm. they give you a local number. i like having GSM phones instead of CDMA phones. sim cards are def more convenient
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