Sprint Bold 9650 Factory Unlocked Out of the Box

Sprint 9650
By Adam Zeis on 21 May 2010 11:41 am EDT
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In case you missed it in David's BlackBerry Bold 9650 review, a very cool feature of the new device is that is comes factory unlocked right out of the box. This means no more scrounging for unlock codes if you want to use the 9650 on another carrier. You will be able to use EDGE on North American GSM carriers as well as 3G providing the carrier supports the proper frequencies. Simply put - this means if you are on a GSM carrier and want to use the Bold 9650 from Sprint, you just need to pull it out of the box, pop in your SIM and you're good to go. Makes things much easier for international traveling. Although the yet to be seen Bold 9650 for Verizon is essentially the same device, it is highly doubtful it will boast the same feature.

47 comments

BBubbaGump

What are the 3G frequencies?

thaguh4real

That's awesome, but I wouldn't leave my beloved 9700 for it.

mi_canuck

I didn't want to leave my 9700 either... but the absurdly slow T-Mo data speeds in my area drove me insane... Rockin' the 9650 now and loving the Sprint data speeds!!!

mi_canuck

Yup! confirmed... ran MEPD in the SIM car section of the Advanced Options... sure enough... Everything is Disabled = SIM UNLOCK baby!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

dmarcus48

Hooray for Sprint! Every phone company should do this, I mean you're buying the phone right? And they'll give you the code if you ask, so why use it?

mi_canuck

Sprint is making some seriously good moves these days...

wtenns

Can't view the video! Anyone else?

jstray

So what gsm companies have the frequency needed for 3G with this bold?

jcagg1271

Are you serious???? So I could pick this up from Sprint or ebay or off the back of a truck (ha ha...I'd never condone the transfer of stolen products) and not have to switch to Sprint because they really suck where I am?! That is Freakin' AWESOME!!! I have AT&T and was thinking of switching to verizon when this comes out, just to get the phone, but I really prefer GSM. I'm so excited! NOW I want the 9650 BaAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!

robinater4223

yeah i want to do the same thing

ItsMe6

You can stay with AT&T and use these phones. i have the 9650 on my sprint line and the 9630 on my AT&T line, speeds are good and phone works nicely. pop the SIM in tell the network settings to auto grab AT&T and your good to go

javdvd

So..I want to check on which frequencies de 9650 is capable of 3G over GSM...is is really cable of 3G network speeds on GSM or only on CDMA networks????

ramsfan3068

its only the 3G freq in europe. in good ol usa you will only get EDGE

lewisc1979

BlackBerry Bold 9650:
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Single-band: 2100 MHz UMTS®/HSPA networks
Dual-band: 800/1900 MHz CDMA/EVDO REVA networks

eve6er69

another +1 for sprint!

nydog

You gotta love Sprint for this. I upgraded from the 9630, which was also unlocked out of the box. I'm glad Sprint does not cripple its devices like some carriers, hint: big red.

donch

Can anyone tell me if the new 9650 has visual voicemail like the 9700 bold on ATT?

Thanks in advance

ItsMe6

think thats just a app you can install on it. i've wiped some of my users BB and the visual v-mail icon came once it registered on the at&t network

Berrydale

I wish all of the new phones that come out were unlocked. Everybody could choose any phone and use it on the carrier of their choice. (Within the limitations of GSM vs. CDMA of course.)

blazed12

Nice to see Sprint releasing the Bold 9650 unlocked at least you don't have to deal with there rude customer service just to unlock the phone xD

glinc

This is old news. Every world phone from sprint is factory unlocked.

mi_canuck

Shut up Debbie Downer! :p

clexman

and by "every world phone," you mean only the 96xx phones.

glinc

Touch Pro 2, 8830, 9630 and now the 9650. Sprint launch every world phone factory unlocked by default.

jen1025

you know, ive got the verizon 9650. i sent pictures to crackberry but they didnt run it. i dont know if itll let me post pictures here or not, but it's legit.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s266/goldenexit/36089342.jpg

bjustice

Will a sprint 9650 work on verizon network? Could I buy one and just activate it on verizon?

tj_elward

i was just wondering the same th

tj_elward

i was just wondering the same thing

aerophage

No, unfortunately. CDMA and GSM are two totally different animals. You'd have to know someone who works at Verizon and get them to put their job on the line to put the MEID into the Verizon database to be able to activate it on their network.

312

Uh...wrong, buddy. The 9650 is also a CDMA phone. It, technically, can work on Verizon if Verizon allowed you to add the phone to your account. Search before posting an answer which you have no clue about.

Jaredius

My AT&T 9700 came unlocked.

Finch250

this will get ATT 3G becuz att 3G bands are "AT&T 3G 850/1900"

some1 correct me if im wrong

aerophage

That's not really a new feature for Sprint world phones, the 8830WE and the 9630 both come unlocked out of the box as well.

mikeplus1

My Verizon Tour 9630 came unlocked out of the box as well.

tnewton3

That's the smartest thing I have seen Sprint do in a while. at&t is very easy to get your device unlocked but shipping it so will definitely get some more people to make the switch.

Nice job Sprint.

failure

I've unlocked every Tour I've owned (insurance is a beautiful thing). All it takes is one simple phone call.

This is no longer a reason to prefer Sprint over another carrier.

Diggs31

except for the better plans and pricing than the Big V? and the fact that you can roam on Big V when necessary?

jerry12

i have a 9630 on u.s. cellular so how do i tell if it is unlocked ?

bk5150

Options>Advanced Options>SIM card>(type)MEPD

CANADAN

That is what they said about the Tour. They said it was going to be unlocked out of the box, so don't be so sure about that.

CANADAN

That is what they said about the Tour. They said it was going to be unlocked out of the box, so don't be so sure about that.

Diggs31

Damn, I'm mad I didn't wait for it, would realllly be useful right about now.

kenumale

is there a way to enable the 3g data on bold 9650 with rogers sim?