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stirlings
Posts: 42
Registered: ‎01-13-2011
My Device: Q10

Hong Kong Spec Bold 9900 ok to use in UK?

Just bought a BOLD 9900 tsim free to go back to BB after a disasterous time with iPhone

Box says its Regional Hong Kong

Model RDY71UW

 

updated software from UK website, but has it updated to uk or hong kong software?

 

is it ok to use in the UK?

noticed it does not have the word, pdf reader software

 

should i continue or send back for a refund?

 

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sdgardne
Posts: 48,564
Registered: ‎11-28-2008
My Device: Z30, Z10 & Q10 (10.2.2.1531), Playbook (2.1.0.1526)

Re: Hong Kong Spec Bold 9900 ok to use in UK?

Hello!

There's nothing to add to your BB per se. The OS you install to your BB is also not relevant...you can use any carrier OS package on any BB for the same exact model...it does nothing concerning the BBs functionality on any specific network. Using the BB-specific services is a matter of your carrier providing those to you. And there are some things that must happen for them to do so.

Any BB can be used on any carrier that runs the same radio frequencies that the BB is capable of (and I've no idea if your's are such). But, to bring a BB onto a carrier network that they did not sell to you, there are several hurdles to cross:

1) The carrier must say "yes" to the fact...they own their network and have every right to say what devices will be allowed to connect to it. If they say "no", then that's the end of it.

2) You must be sure that your BB is properly unlocked from it's originally manufactured-for carrier...see this helpful thread for details:

3) You must get all of your voice level services functioning on the carrier, before you even try anything about data

4) You must subscribe, from the carrier, to an adequate data plan to enable the BB-proprietary services you desire

5a) If the carrier directly supports your specific model BB, then you can proceed with registering the BB onto their network, generating the proper Service Book delivery to your BB, and proceeding to function.

5b) But, if the carrier does not directly support your specific model number of BB, then the challenges are much greater as most carrier systems will not deliver, to the BB, the necessary service books to enable the BB-proprietary data services, even if you do subscribe to them.

So, depending on all of that, your BB may or may not ever fully function on that carrier network. It can be quite tricky to accomplish, especially if 5b applies. So take a look at all of that and decide how you wish to proceed. Most folks wind up just buying a new BB if 5b applies.

Good luck and let us know!


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