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    buying a bold demo unit? help

    so some guy on craigslist that lives 10 minutes away from me is selling a bold, but on the box it says "not for resale, demo unit only" should i be worried about buying this?

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    i'd stay away if the price seems too good..

    if you really want it, you should get the guy to take a picture of the PIN/IMEI on the back of the phone.
    call up the data dept from your service provider and ask them if the PIN is good.

    really if it's too cheap.. just walk away. it'll be more headache if it turns out to being a bad unit/PIN

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    its 250. all the others are going from anywhere from 250-350, so it seems alright.

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    It sounds like a prototype...o.o...

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    alt0160 has some good advice. I would walk away from this. I would never buy a demo unit. There is a reason that it says not for resale.
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    If it is a demo unit than it probably has a deactivated PIN. That means you cant activate a BIS or BES so you wouldn't be able to get email, BlackBerry Messenger, Browser, PIN messaging, and a lot other.

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    One word answer.

    Don't.

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    Was probably a unit used by a salesperson at a corporate store. I bought one and it was fine.

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    those demo units are always tracked by rim, and its registered under their company.

    these demo units are never meant for resale... so i wouldn't

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo26
    Was probably a unit used by a salesperson at a corporate store. I bought one and it was fine.
    That is not what demo units usually are. They are testing devices from RIM before the device was released. When the phone is released they deactivate the PINs.

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    Run, don't walk away.

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    yea they are probably RIM engineering test units that RIM deactivates the PIN's on once testing is over. also, they were probably given out to field testers and meant to be returned to RIM for destruction once testing was concluded. the phone will work per se, but all RIM/PIN functions probably wont. you should do exactly what was said above and ask him for the IMEI and PIN and contact your carrier or RIM to find out if the PIN is still active. also, you can ask him what the Vendor ID is in the phone. chances are its gonna be "1" which means its a RIM internal Engineering Test Unit. but that wont mean much since anyone can load that VSM onto their Bold to unbrand it, as i did. but definitely do check the PIN prior to buying it.

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    if you are going to use it as a phone to send text msgs go ahead if you are planning to add Bis walk away

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo26
    Was probably a unit used by a salesperson at a corporate store. I bought one and it was fine.

    yep, the guy worked at an att store, bought it, everything works perfectly fine. and i only paid 200 bucks. couldnt be happier.

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    Great. Glad it was like mine.

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