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#45386 1-Nov-2009 17:09
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Hi there - wondering if anyone can help me out here...

I have recently upgraded my BlackBerry 8830 World Edition to the New BlackBerry BOLD handset. Not a lot of difference, but a few nice changes...

Anyway, what I would like to do is hand the phone down to my wife who is on a pre-pay plan. I took it into the Telecom store and was told that because she was on pre-pay, she was unable to have her number transferred to the 8830 as there was a compulsary data plan.

I of course protetesed saying that she didn't want data, but it seems that these are the rules!

Can anyone give any suggestions to getting her number on this phone?




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  #269068 1-Nov-2009 17:17
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I think Telecom had a thing with the CDMA smart phones forcing users to be on contract or at east onebill to use the smart phones.


Your wife could always go on One bill, which is like prepay but instead of topping up it goes on your telecom bill

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  #269070 1-Nov-2009 17:31
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Postpaid only, and with a Blackberry there is a requirement to have a BIS Data plan. From memory they start at $29.95 (could be $34.95).

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  #269084 1-Nov-2009 18:21
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The only way would be ... porting your wife's BB to Vodafone, keeping same number on prepay, and use the phone for sms and calls only. Read this post. A bit of mucking around but if you want to keep it, it is worth it.

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  #269147 2-Nov-2009 03:15
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Hi there ? thanks for all your replies.

I recently travelled to India and tried to put an Indian SIM card into my phone. Obviously because the phone is locked this didn?t work, so I ended up using a friends old GSM phone.

This was annoying though, and one can?t help being a little sceptical of Telecom. Calls from my BlackBerry back to NZ while roaming were $10.00 / per minute (yep, you read right!) compared with around 20 NZ cents from my GSM phone with an Indian SIM card. And for the record the call quality was superb. Who is kidding who here??? Anyway, I am slightly off topic here?

Ideally I?d like to keep the phone with Telecom as this fits in with all the other free call deals from landline etc. so porting to Vodafone is not an option. The frustrating thing is that I know it can be done, it?s just a silly bit of policy that is preventing it from happening.




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  #269387 2-Nov-2009 19:40
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Telecom didn't make the rule up for the fun of it, that much I can assure you with respect to the Blackberry 8830 on prepaid. I have a few theories as to what might happen, but no desire to confirm them.

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  #269397 2-Nov-2009 19:56
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of course telecom didn't lol, it's the device, which is a cdma and gsm 900/1800, once unlocked you can rock on the GSM network which telecom does not have ;)

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  #269414 2-Nov-2009 20:38
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I am talking about prepaid over CDMA??







 
 
 
 


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  #269416 2-Nov-2009 20:42
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sorry, misunderstood ;)

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  #269418 2-Nov-2009 20:44
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I don't get it - why would they not let this device be on pre-pay? Surely it is up to the individual user if they want data, or to simply call and text???




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  #269420 2-Nov-2009 20:47
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The device has always been sold a postpaid only device.

There are issues with connecting it to Prepaid.

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  #269701 3-Nov-2009 17:52
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Agree - it always has been sold as a "post-paid" device, but quite simply the answer has to be, WHY? It us a CDMA / GSM phone like any other, is it not? So why, should the end user choose, can they not use it on any plan they like?

I think the "issues" that you speak of are not possibly a bit of Telecom marketing speak to try and get people to sign up for an expensive data plan that they don't need. Anyway, in addition to this, other providers across the ditch offer "pre-pay" data plans should this be the way you'd like to go???





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  #269734 3-Nov-2009 20:05
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It's not a marketing rule.

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