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Rogers Changes Corporate Stance – Now Offering to Unlock Devices for $50 Fee



Until today, Rogers never offered their customers the ability to unlock their devices because, well, why should they give you the tools to go to another carrier? Here at BlackBerryCool, we’ve always supported the unlocking industry because we believe you should be able to take your smartphone wherever the best deal exists. Rogers Corporate has changed their stance on unlocking as of today and are offering to unlock your device for a $50 fee. The $50 fee is completely ludicrous considering how easy it is to find a deal online, but you have to commend Rogers on finally changing their stance. The price will surely come down in the near future. Hit the jump for the notice given to Rogers staff internally that we scored from RogersDude69.
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Reminder: BlackBerry Torch 9800 Unlock Requires Browser Service Books


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This may be an obvious reminder for some but if you’re looking to get your BlackBerry Torch unlocked, make sure your carrier has announced the device because otherwise they may not have the proper WebKit browser service books. With an unlocked Torch, you can still use the WebKit browser over a WiFi connection, but you’ll be unable to use it over a regular radio connection unless your carrier can send you the service books.

With the help of our friends at Cellfservices, we were able to narrow down the issue a little further with feedback from customers who got their Torch unlocked. Here are some more facts:
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Unlocked T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520



The good folks at Cellfservices unlocked a T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520 for us. If you’re looking for a cheap way to unlock your device, you can get some decent deals on their site. Here are some of the prices:

AT&T Blackberry – $6.97
Rogers Blackberry – $6.97
Fido Blackberry – $6.97
T-mobile Blackberry – $6.97
Verizon Blackberry – $12.97
Telus Storm/Tour Blackberry – $37.97
Bell Storm/Tour Blackberry -$37.97
Sprint Blackberry Tour – $37.97
Non-North American Blackberry – $37.97

These promos will be on until next week Monday. 

So if you’re traveling for the holidays, it makes sense to unlock your BlackBerry. You will recover the cost by avoiding roaming fees very quickly.

Beware the Infamous Roaming Charges



By Josh A.

If you frequent any gadget forums, you’ve probably heard the stories of executives and teenagers alike racking up tens of thousands of dollars worth of dollars worth of roaming and data charges while traveling.

The most recent high-profile example of this was when Mythbuster Adam Savage was charged $11,000 for using mobile data while in Canada.

These insane charges aren’t reserved only for the rich and famous, however.  There are countless stories of average people like you and me.

It’s a shame that so many people get hit with these incredible charges when they’re so easy to avoid without giving up the use of your phone.  

Unlocking services such as UniquePhones allow you to switch out a prepaid SIM card for the country or countries you’re visiting.

In the spirit of helping our readers rid themselves of these fees forever, UniquePhones is offering an exclusive coupon to BlackBerry Cool users: simply enter the coupon BBCROAM at checkout for a 30% savings on your unlock.

If you ever use your phone in another country, it’s insanity not to do it on an unlocked phone with a local SIM.

We hope that our readers never see these ridiculous roaming charges again, but we’d love to hear your horror stories about surprise cell phone charges.

How to Unlock a Sprint BlackBerry Tour 9630



Today I received my Sprint BlackBerry Tour and it’s amazing. But, you’re not here for a review, you’re here because you want to unlock your Sprint BlackBerry Tour. Here’s what you do. Thanks to my friend at CIO.com, Al Sacco, I knew the steps to unlocking it. Fortunately, the good folks at Sprint will walk you through the process as well. Here’s what I did to unlock the SIM slot on the Sprint BlackBerry Tour.

1. Call Sprint International Support – (817) 698-4199, prompt #2
2. Ask them if they’d kindly unlock your SIM slot on your BlackBerry Tour
3. Turn off your wireless network connection on the Tour (yes, you’ll have to call from another phone)
4. Click on Options > Advanced Options > SIM Card
5. Type MEPD
6. Type MEP2
7. The representative should give you a 16-digit code
8. Thank the representative for their help
9. Reboot your phone and you’re ready to go

There you have it! It took me about 5 minutes to get my phone unlocked. I tested my Sprint BlackBerry Tour with a T-Mobile SIM card and was able to access the web, use BlackBerry Messenger and send and receive messages.

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Win free unlock codes from UniquePhones



UniquePhones is running a contest for BlackBerry Cool readers called the 3-2-1 Contest. The company is giving away 20 free unlock codes to randomly selected UniquePhones supporters.  The stronger your support, the more likely you are to win.

Go to UniquePhones to show your support and win free unlock codes.

The contest runs through August 5, 11:59 PM EDT, and the winners will be contacted shortly thereafter.  Good luck!