I was under the impression that the 8330 on Boost was on their CDMA side...
That is what I was thinking. I read that Boost was moving from iDEN to CDMA to be able to offer the blackberry and data. So I figured that a Verizon CDMA blackberry should work on a Boost CDMA system. Just a thought.
With the model number 8330 it has to be CDMA, and depending on the network restrictions there should be no reason any CDMA blackberry doesnt work on the network.
Assuming we are correct then, what would I need to do to get the VZW 8330 on the Boost system? Unlock the phone? If so, how do I do that?
Nope, only have to unlock for GSM. If you want to try it the only thing you could do is just try and have your ESN activated on Boost from the vzw 8330. It should take nothing more than that, if it doesnt work that means they are like sprint, and I am not sure how or if you can get it working then.
Originally Posted by vader7071
Boost Mobile is Sprint (CDMA ESN)/Nextel (IDEN SIM). I tried to get them to activate a Sprint 8330 and they informed me they would not unless it was the Boost branded phone. I tried three different reps and received the same answer.
The problem with VZW/Alltel phones are their MSL is typically set to 000000 where Sprint and Boost calculate the MSL based off of the ESN in addition to the "one time use" MSL which will expire after so many uses.
The next issue is loading the PRL on the phone. Sprint/Boost will attempt to update the PRL if the account is flagged but if the MSL does not match what the system sends to the phone, the process fails. I found this out after playing with an old 8830 and changed the MSL to 000000 since I was giving it to a friend who was going to MetroPCS. The only Blackberry I'm aware of that has a user initiated PRL update (not requiring the account to be flagged by a rep and dialing *2 to start) is the Tour 9630.
Even though the 9550/9530 Storm, 9630 Tour, and the 8830 have a SIM, they will only work on GSM carriers such as AT&T or T-Mobile. They cannot use IDEN SIM cards. This is how people are using the Storms on AT&T and T-Mobile but are limited to using EDGE for their data transfers due to these phones lacking the North American 3G GSM/UMTS radio frequencies.
In short, my assumption is that Boost figures you're getting service cheaper than other places and wants to make money off of the devices which is why they won't activate anything but their own devices.
Last edited by tavella81; 02-25-2010 at 02:32 PM.
The 8330 doesnt have a simcard slot, and neither does the 8330m the 8350 was the iden version. Sprint isnt sim card based unless you have an iden phone or Nextel
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