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StevenDorsey
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BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:12 am

I bought a Blackview BV9000 phone through Amazon, not the Pro Version, and it lists the following Specifications:
Networks:

2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20

In my attempts to purchase a SIM card with a Carrier that would work for this, I was informed that the ATT StraightTalk carrier would work with GSM, so I bought an STBYOP Kit, which comes with an ATT, a T-Mobile, and a Verizon SIM card each. The ATT and the T-Mobile Sim numbers aren't even recognized when I type them in for StraightTalk. Not through the Browser, not through the App. Nowhere. The Verizon one recognized the SIM Number, but the IMEI numbers for both of the SIM slots cause the server to inform me Service is unavailable.

I took to the internet specifically looking for a high-quality, durable phone that would still have a fast cpu, decent memory, and decent storage. In that respect, and in my opinion being the more intuitive Android build, I bought this phone only to find out later I might not be able to get it to communicate with Cellular Carriers. Are there any Service Plans at all in the US that might work with this Phone? Any at all? Like, if I have to buy a different phone that is "compatible" with US Carriers, I'm going to be immensely disappointed solely because there are no phones made in the US that meet the same standards as yours. If I have to settle for a different phone, I will be settling for a "fancy" phone that's extremely fragile in comparison.
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:49 am

Hi there, unfortunately the bv9000 is not compatible with US phone carriers, as you can see here:
https://www.kimovil.com/en/frequency-ch ... bv9000-pro

The BV9500s will be compatible, by the way ;)
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:17 pm

Two things:

  1. The BV9000 has become my absolute FAVORITE phone of all time in every way other than its inability to communicate with US cell carriers. How does the bv9000 compare to the 9500? My materialistic side loves that this model has an 8-core cpu, 4G+ RAM, and etc. Is the 9500 an upgrade, at the same specs, or perhaps a little less "fast" in this respect? 
  2. I'm kind of a doofus. I originally bought the bv7000 from the website Gearbest, but that website is notorious for its shipping speeds for going overseas. After several weeks, I was chomping at the bit to cancel the transaction and buy one of your phones from Amazon instead. Their cancellation/return policy is within 90 days of the transaction, but when I originally sought to cancel that transaction, they only gave me the option to select a different product from the website, or simply wait for the phone to eventually arrived.
    • Confronted with these two options, I acquiesced to waiting until September 6th to receive the phone, but upon receiving my next paycheck, chose to buy the BV9000 through Amazon. I intended to give the other phone away, or find some way to return it, sell it, or just keep it as something to play with.
    • TLDR: Having purchased the BV9000 through Amazon, and purchased hte BV 7000 through Gearbest 1 1/2 Months prior, what do you think are my options for returning one or both of these phones, in order to purchase the BV9500?
      • --- If I were to hypothetically purchased your BV9500 phone, and managed to return these other two phones that will be in my possession to offset the costs of endeavors, what Carrier and SIM Card(s) would your phone be compatible with in the US? I think this is something I'd want to plan ahead for, going forward.
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:25 pm

This might be a double post situation. It's hard to tell when you're posts are still under the new user policy, and need to be manually approved. However, I wanted to post a website page here that specifies the Compatibility of the BV9500 Pro, as a foundation for ensuring that the Blackview Phone I buy in the future will be compatible with a designated cellular carrier:

https://www.kimovil.com/en/frequency-ch ... iew-bv9500

According to the above information, my best bet might be through AT&T, and the only  Band that wouldn't be available would be the 2300 MHz 4G network band. This compatibility website paints a similar picture as well:

https://www.findpare.com/smartphone/bla ... e-carriers

Assuming I successfully return at least the bv9000 through Amazon, and manage to scroung up the remaining money needed, would you be able to progressively assist me with:

  • acquiring a SIM card that would be recognized by the cellphone and compatible with the designated, most-compatible carrier
  • ensuring I can activate the SIM card
  • Activating the phone with a Cellular Carrier, where the phone succeeds to communicate with the Carrier Towers
I was just at Walmart with a fellow Associate, and we used an AT&T--StraightTalk SIM Card. I don't know if I mentioned this in a post that's yet to be approved, but we succeeded in activating the SIM Card with the AT&T Straight Talk service as an "AT&T GSM Unlocked" phone, but after also adding Straight Talk Air Time onto the phone, the phone simply would not recognize/talk to the SIM Card, let alone communicate with the Carrier on the Cellular Data Network.
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:00 am

AT&T should work without any issues, as the BV9500s are compatibles with every country.
For an help about buying, activating and setting your SIM you'll have to get in contact with AT&T customer care, as we are phone makers not network carriers ;)

The BV9500 series will be a good upgrade to the 9000 one, as you can see from every review/spec website ;)

Amazon have the best customer care ever. In event of any issue you can have with your phone, they can refund you the whole cost. Buy from Amazon! ;)
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:48 pm

Yeah, I might just keep the 7000 series, and save up for the 9500 series. there's a chance the 7000, or even the 9000 might be compat. with Freedom pop. Their descriptions sound the same, even though the compatibility websites say different. Those websites don't look like they display the same network bands for FreedomPop as what Google pulled up. Worst case, I use an old android burner phone and get to try out a more affordable "underdog" carrier, until I get the phone that will last me 3-4 years.

Update: FreedomPop has responded to my inquiries on FAcebook with the following quote:

Hi Steven. Thank you for your interest in FreedomPop!
We are a telecommunications company that provides Talk/Text and Data solutions through a Voice over IP service. This means that we use the Internet to broadcast your calls, texts and allow you access to the Web.

We would like to inform you that our 4G LTE SIM card will work properly on an unlocked GSM phone. Our app that allows to make calls and send text messages works on devices running Android 4.1+ or iOS 8.2+.

We certainly are compatibles with the 4G Band (800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz) and the 3G Band (900/2100MHz)

Our products can be ordered online here: https://shop.freedompop.com/products.

Don't worry, in order to receive the most detailed information, provide the latest promotional offers and for any other sales questions please contact us directly from 9 am - 5 pm PST, Monday - Friday at (877) 848-2810.

Welcome to the FreedomPop Family!

As well as with a chart of the services they provide. I'm posting this stuff here, in case someone googles this information down the road. Maybe not related to FreedomPop, but maybe the phones compatibility. :3

 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:32 pm

One question though. There's a deal going on with the BV9500, and I won't get paid until the next Thursday. Do you think there will still be a discount for the upcoming 9500 model still by then? My 9000 refund won't  even be able to happen for about 20 days after I ship it back tomorrow too, so yeah. I'll be using the 7000 until then, then I"ll move hte sim card to that one, and keep the 7000 series as a backup. I intend to get a 9500 as my primary for materialistic reasons, and because of its universal compatibility. Plus, I Cartpush/Cashier at Walmart as part-time while I"m going to college, working on an A+ CompTIA Certification on my own time, and etc. So bottom line is, it just occurred to me I could use the Radio Antenna to talk on Walmart's Walkie Channel as well.
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:45 pm

StevenDorsey wrote:
One question though. There's a deal going on with the BV9500, and I won't get paid until the next Thursday. Do you think there will still be a discount for the upcoming 9500 model still by then? My 9000 refund won't  even be able to happen for about 20 days after I ship it back tomorrow too, so yeah. I'll be using the 7000 until then, then I"ll move hte sim card to that one, and keep the 7000 series as a backup. I intend to get a 9500 as my primary for materialistic reasons, and because of its universal compatibility. Plus, I Cartpush/Cashier at Walmart as part-time while I"m going to college, working on an A+ CompTIA Certification on my own time, and etc. So bottom line is, it just occurred to me I could use the Radio Antenna to talk on Walmart's Walkie Channel as well.

In the Singles Day on 11.11 or in the Black friday events you should get great discounts ;)
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:51 am

You know, it occurs to me, if I had bothered to create an account on this website and consulted with you before buying any of your phones, you probably would have convinced me to buy a BV 9500 from the very start, and I wouldn't have had any issues in the first place. :roll:
 
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Re: BV9000 -- Cellular Networks && SIM Cards

Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:46 am

StevenDorsey wrote:
You know, it occurs to me, if I had bothered to create an account on this website and consulted with you before buying any of your phones, you probably would have convinced me to buy a BV 9500 from the very start, and I wouldn't have had any issues in the first place. :roll:

Don't worry, Amazon will take care of you ;)

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