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Posts: 1
Registered: ‎02-03-2013
My Device: Storm 9530
My Carrier: mtn

overseas phone ?

Having a second hand shop here in South Africa, I obtained a few Second hand BlackBerry phones  from China. Although these phones are open to all South African networks, they cannot connect to any network by phoning the necessary code (e.g. *100# to obtain Voacom airtime balance etc.) You can however dial in to the network and follow voice prompts in order to obtain airtime balance. A local cell phone repair shop diagnosed the problem as:... " It is an  overseas phone".  


Any advice (as simplfied as possible !) from out there ?