02-02-2014 01:08 PM
I have a pay-as-you-go account from Telmex (in Mexico) which I use very infrequently. However, on the rare instances that I have to reply to a text message, I find using a numeric pad really tedious. I had read that Blackberries have a physically usable keyboard, even for people with larger hands, so I found on ebay a Cingular Electron 8700c for $30. My problem is that when I put in my Telmex SIM, it requested my password. I tried a few times, all failing. It is now up to an ominous attempt labelled 4/6. I bought the phone from a serious ebay vender with a rare 100% positive feedback, and he claimed it was unlocked from Cingular, and that is most likely true. When I first got my SIM from Telmex and put it in my Nokia 6126, which is also an unlocked Cingular phone, it did not request a password, and functioned from the get-go. So I have the following questions:
1) If I fail to get the right password on the sixth attempt, will the Blackberry explode and level my apartment?
2) Is this password located on my Telmex SIM chip or on the wired telephone memory?
3) Any recommendations how to solve this problem?
For anyone kind enough to help, please remember that I am a total Blackberry **bleep** and reply accordingly. I did however download the pdf manual for this model.
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02-02-2014 01:31 PM
02-02-2014 01:43 PM
Thanks for the reply, John. Well, it does the hourglass thing for quite a while; it then gets a Cingular splash screen and then goes into a security test which it appears to pass, and then I get a stable screen with the time at the top while reading "Blackberry wireless handheld" in the center, with Cingular in the top, left hand corner. As mentioned, my Nokia 6126 is also an unlocked Cingular, and I still get all the Cingular logos on it, but it doesn't interfere in any way with me running a Telmex SIM.
02-02-2014 01:50 PM
02-04-2014 10:52 AM
Seems not to be the SIM card. With the SIM out, when I reinstall the battery I get what I described earlier, the hour glass, the security check, and then the stable screen. At that point, if I press the long, horizantal lefthand button just below the display which has an apparent telephone handset icon on it, it gives a screen saying the "Handheld is Locked" with a screen button to unlock. When I hit return for the unlock, the display then says "Enter "blackberry" to continue. And when I do that, I get the dreaded, "Enter Password (4/6)."
Can you make sense of this? It is obvious then that the required password is not in the (uninstalled) SIM chip but resides somewhere on a wired memory chip. Does it mean that the device was not unlocked from Cingular despite the vendor's assurances?
02-04-2014 11:17 AM
02-04-2014 03:19 PM
02-04-2014 03:31 PM
Yes, it worked fine. It erased and I installed a new password. Think I better read the manual before I go any further :-) All I want from the phone is to telephone and text so it shouldn't be too much of a learning curve for this old, retired dog. Thanks again. Much appreciated.
02-04-2014 04:31 PM