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    Device Model Numbers and Meanings

    I figured it would be a good idea to post this as it can help justify why devices have the numbers they have on the device. Most are GSM and that is where it becomes confusing because there are three models for GSM devices.

    Also posted by Shadow.xXx

    xx00 are GSM devices (can have WiFi and GPS)

    xx10 are GSM, with GPS (only)

    xx20 are GSM with WiFi (only)


    xx30 are CDMA devices

    xx50 iDEN Direct Connect + GPS + WiFi


    Also keep in mind while unlocking. When you unlock your device, it is letting you move to another carrier. Your device comes locked to your carrier. CDMA (phones that end with xx30) can be unlocked to work on GSM and CDMA carriers, GSM (phones that end with xx00, xx10 or xx20) are not able to work on CDMA networks only GSM. I hope this helps members some up a few things, and more less for the new users.

    Stated by tavella81:
    The only CDMA Blackberry that can work on a GSM network in North America is the 9530 (Storm). The 8830 is the only other CDMA Blackberry with a SIM card slot and does not support any North American GSM frequency bands.

    The 8130 (Pearl), 8230 (Pearl Flip), and 8330 (Curve) do not have SIM card slots and will only run on a CDMA network.
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    Good info!:beerchug:
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    Nice post very good info

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    good job nice info
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    good job, man. this is all new info to me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeletallightning View Post
    good job, man. this is all new info to me!
    Glad to find this useful!

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    Good job Stief! But I wonder about the Storm 2s model number now. Because it's rumored to be 9550, but that's a iDen device.

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    Great info Stiefler!!! Nice to know and gives us more room to guess storm2

    9730?
    9830?


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    Quote Originally Posted by olta777 View Post
    Great info Stiefler!!! Nice to know and gives us more room to guess storm2

    9730?
    9830?

    10010! That's it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausch View Post
    10010! That's it!
    It's gotta end in 30.... so 10030

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    Quote Originally Posted by olta777 View Post
    It's gotta end in 30.... so 10030
    Don't forget Wi-Fi also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ausch
    Quote Originally Posted by olta777 View Post
    It's gotta end in 30.... so 10030
    Don't forget Wi-Fi also.
    Oh yeah I forgot about that. I give up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiefler07 View Post
    Also keep in mind while unlocking. When you unlock your device, it is letting you move to another carrier. Your device comes locked to your carrier. CDMA (phones that end with xx30) can be unlocked to work on GSM and CDMA carriers, GSM (phones that end with xx00, xx10 or xx20) are not able to work on CDMA networks only GSM. I hope this helps members some up a few things, and more less for the new users.
    The only CDMA Blackberry that can work on a GSM network in North America is the 9530 (Storm). The 8830 is the only other CDMA Blackberry with a SIM card slot and does not support any North American GSM frequency bands.

    The 8130 (Pearl), 8230 (Pearl Flip), and 8330 (Curve) do not have SIM card slots and will only run on a CDMA network.

    Sprint and Verizon have a ESN/MEID database and if your phone is not in it, they will not activate your phone. Alltel allowed any CDMA device before the VZW purchase. Not sure if they still do. Metro PCS is also another option but from what I've read, even though they sell the 8330 Curve, if you bring one from another company, you will not be able to obtain a BIS account. This may have changed.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thinks for pointing that out tavella81! Gonna add this to the OP if you dont mind!
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    That's great info Stiefler07. Learn something new every day and still holding true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiefler07
    Thinks for pointing that out tavella81! Gonna add this to the OP if you dont mind!
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    No problem. Thanks for the welcome. I forgot to mention that the upcoming Tour should be able to run on a GSM provider as well (I think its a world phone). The Storm 9530 and the Tour 9630 will only be able to access the EDGE frequencies since the phones only include the 2100 HSDPA spectrum. If you want a touch screen BB and don't mind the 2.5G speeds, the Storm is worth it. Storm 2 is around the corner as well. I'd pass on the Tour and wait for the Magnum or the other three GSM BBs to be released this year (I hope). Also the 9500 Storm will only run on EDGE since it doesn't have the 1900/850 3G bands and the unique 1700 3G band from T-Mobile.

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    This link may help determine what capabilities the GSM phones will have here in North America (Wikipedia)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSM_frequency_bands#GSM_frequency_usage_in_the_Ame ricas
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