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Registered: ‎04-30-2009
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Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

I'd like to know what functionality I'd have with a blackberry that doesn't have a SIM card.

Will I be able to run all the apps?

 

Will bluetooth, and other functionality work?

Will it have better battery run times since the Cell transmitter will be off?

Also want to know if this unit has a strong blue tooth signal.

 

Regards,

 

Mike

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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

Can you post which BlackBerry device model you have please.
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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

I don't have one.  I'm trying to determine which would work best for my needs.  I'm thinking an 8800.  I just really want good battery power

and a good bluetooth signal.

 

 I'm assuming the trackball and keyboard are the same for the 8800 series.

 

Regards,

 

Mike

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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

Anyone have an idea?  I'd like to use one as a remote without service...
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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

No, not all applications will work: phone, email, and many more will not work.

 

A model withe WiFi will work for the browsers ONLY when it is set to HotSpot Browser.

 

Bluetooth will work without a SIM or Data Plan.

 

Which model has the strongest BT signal? I don't know, I doubt they vary greatly, but I would recommend a newer model like the 8900 or a 83xx model.

 

What else do you need to know?

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Registered: ‎05-26-2008
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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

Hi,

 

With a SIM card the devcie can run for days with infrequent use (I use one for troubleshooting on calls and it lasts 2-3 days).

 

The BIGGEST issues with batteyr life is when people use:

- WIFI

- Bluetooth

 

 

Since these are the only two ways you  can use the devcie then you have two choices:

- use a devcie with no battery life at all (1 days at most?)

- Use a devcie with a SIM Card on mobile network, disable wifi and bluetooth and get great battery life.

 

 

I'm yet to see a BB use all three AND get great battery life with the one battery!

 



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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

[ Edited ]

I plan on using it with just the bluetooth.  I just want the basic functionality of the phone to work, meaning the keyboard, track ball and basic non-cell phone type functionality to work.

 

I've seen cellphones in the past that won't even allow access to the basic screen without a SIM, this is why I posed the question.

 

To OzBBerry42's post:  I plan to use the phone strictly with bluetooth.  I don't need the wifi.  What kind of battery life can I expect?  I figure the regular cell radio must take some power, but i plan to have that off.

 

The phone won't be in constant use, just as a remote, will likely be in stand by for a lot of the time.

 

Regards,

 

Mike

Message Edited by panamamike on 05-16-2009 10:45 AM
Message Edited by panamamike on 05-16-2009 10:46 AM
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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

hey i was thinking about buying the bold 9700 do you know if it ofperates without a sim card

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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

 


parmardilan wrote:

hey i was thinking about buying the bold 9700 do you know if it ofperates without a sim card


 

Hi and Welcome to the Forums!

 

Only on the home CDMA network can a capable BB run without a SIM. Further, given that model does not have a CDMA radio, then the answer becomes completely no.

 

Good luck!



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Re: Does blackberry work without SIM card? What functions work?

I currently own a Blackberry Bold 9000 with no SIM card.


I just wanna know if I can still use wifi and blckberry app world.