Unlocked Bell BB Storm always roaming with Fido SIM Card

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Unlocked Bell BB Storm always roaming with Fido SIM Card

I just purhcased an unlocked BlackBerry Storm 9530 that used to be on the Bell network. I inserted my SIM card, got it on the Fido network and everything has been working fine; calls, SMS, BBM, emails, etc. I was wondering if it's normal that my phone always shows me roaming though. Does my phone think it's using the Bell network, because the phone clearly states its on the Fido network.

 

Also, why is the call center closed. I called Fido and they told me its closed, its 11AM on a friday FFS. Fido is going downhill...

 

 

 

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Re: Unlocked Bell BB Storm always roaming with Fido SIM Card

Your half right, and half wrong.

Your SIM card is telling your phone to look for a home network with the ID of 302-370, but since your phone cant find such network, since its been de-commissioned, it however found 302-720, which is the rogers network ID, and IS allowed to use it, but since the ID's don;'t match, it shows ROAMING.

When fido brands its phones, they put a special fix in the software to eliminate this. but since this phone came from Bell, it wont have that in it.

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Re: Unlocked Bell BB Storm always roaming with Fido SIM Card

Your half right, and half wrong.

Your SIM card is telling your phone to look for a home network with the ID of 302-370, but since your phone cant find such network, since its been de-commissioned, it however found 302-720, which is the rogers network ID, and IS allowed to use it, but since the ID's don;'t match, it shows ROAMING.

When fido brands its phones, they put a special fix in the software to eliminate this. but since this phone came from Bell, it wont have that in it.

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Re: Unlocked Bell BB Storm always roaming with Fido SIM Card

I seem to have the same problem. Only I got a unlocked Samsung Galaxy 3 (GT-I5800) that I bought in Germany. However it seems possible to configure APN's that carry 302-370 and eventually allow internet access, but only when data roaming is enabled and then only with EDGE speed. Could anyone please tell me, where I can set the MCC and MCN values, or whatever so that I will get 3G and no roaming?

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@Lutz, you need to enable Data Roaming, because your phone is always roaming. This has nothing to do with you receiving EDGE Only speeds, the reason you receive EDGE only speeds is because your phone does not have any 3G bands that is compatible with Fido's network.

To conclude, your phone is limited by hardware to 2G GSM EDGE Data, nothing you can do will make it faster, and this is nothing to do with it roaming.
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Is this the same if I have unlocked Rogers and used a FIDO sim card? Called FIDO and told me they can not help me beacause it is a non-FIDO phone. What kind of service is that?

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Yes any unlocked BB will do it no matter where its from.   There is no need to call in for help, what help do you need anyway?,  there really is no impact to you except the turn off data while roaming option will not allow you to use data in your home network. 

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No he's got a point, there is an impact.  If you leave the fido network (like if you're on City Fido) it wont' change to a roaming status message at the top of your phone....therefore incurring actual roaming charges without you knowing about it.

 

So I am also having this issue with a Bold 9700 I unlocked from Rogers.  My phone was showing roaming ever since I plugged in the FIDO SIM.  I'm a pretty geeky guy and I KNOW there has to be a way to fix this....but what is it?  Some providers let you download their version of the BB OS for your phone...does FIDO provide that or do any of you phone specialists know how to fix this issue?

 

Not possible is not the right answer.  You or I may not know how to do this, but someone out there does.  Just like how RIM will tell you it's "impossible" to remove a BES security policy from a BB many of us know that's not true at all.

 

Any useful advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Unlocked Bell BB Storm always roaming with Fido SIM Card

I have city fido with an unlocked 9700 and i do not have any problems with my bill.

Previously i was using the fido 8520 and when i was outside the city fido zone

it did not say im roaming since i still use fido's towers and its not considered roaming, just out of zone.

I think its jsut an anothing sign at the top

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@RedFox, you will see another providers name instead of fido. This is how you know you are roaming, you can also set your phone on manual network scan, so when you leave the fido/rogers network, your phone will prompt you to select a new network.

If you really really want these features, then buy a fido branded phone, otherwise, you can continue to use it and like I said, your services are unaffected.

If Fido never sold a BB Storm, then there is no such thing as fido OS for it, it simply does not exist.
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Re: Unlocked Bell BB Storm always roaming with Fido SIM Card

Same thing I am experiencing but my network keep switching between hotspot and social browser and Fido said they cannot help me because it's a non-Fido phone yet they enjoy taking the money.. sigh....

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