Setting Up My Second Hand BlackBerry Curve on Orange

It’s been a long wait to get a BlackBerry, but thanks to @quiffylaa31 I managed to get one, after her contract went and she got a new BlackBerry I got her old one, which is just like new.

The thing I wasn’t sure about was setting up a second BlackBerry to be able to use the internet via the phone and to use it for emails, Twitter and FaceBook. So after surfing the net and asking questions, I finally got it up and running.

[D]How Easy Is It To Set Up A Second Hand BlackBerry?

Well for me it was quite easy, the phone was already using the Orange network, which I’m on anyway, so it was simply a case of putting my SIM Card into the BlackBerry Curve from my old phone and then phoning Orange on 450 and talking to customer services to set up the phone with a BlackBerry Plan.

Then it was down to changing settings and adding my own email address to get my emails, logging in to FaceBook, Twitter and foursquare were simple and now they are up and running now as well.

Now all I need a USB lead to hook up to my computer ;)

How Much Is The BlackBerry Plan on Orange?

It’s not as bad as I thought it would be, it only costs £5 per month for the services to enable me to use the net and use Twitter, FaceBook and have my emails sent to the phone, I think you must have at least £5 in your phone for the service to continue, which I normally do.

As well as having the BlackBerry Plan up and running I’m on the Dolphin tariff on Pay As You Go, so this also gives me 300 free texts a month and 100MB of free internet access, which is plenty for doing what I want to do with my BlackBerry.

So there you have it, it was simple for me to set up my BlackBerry, but please note, it may be different if you are using a phone that me be locked to a network, in this case you will have to contact the network to have the phone unlocked..

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  • Dana

    Congrats for your new second-hand BlackBerry Karen. :)

    It is lucky that the BlackBerry already used the orange network so no need to deep setting it.

    • Karen

      Thanks Dana, it’s great to be finally able to grab my emails, Tweets etc while I’m on the move, makes my busy lifestyle that much easier ;)

  • Carlton

    Oh you are so lucky. Any cell phone company that uses SIM cards and not a database is amazing. I had Verizon for years, and they don’t allow you to buy or trade phones privately. They’re getting owned right now for that exact reason. Go SIMs!

  • Andy

    Hey Karen. Good for you girl. How I wish I could also have mine soon. :D

  • Ardorm

    Karen, could you please tell me if BlackBerry is comfortable for using Internet? I mean, does it take a long to load and is the text understandable in such a small screen (comparing to PC’s screen)?

    By the way, congratulations for receiving a new phone! Something new is enjoyable in most cases ;-P

    • Karen

      It’s not bad actually, it’s quite fast and the screen is “zoomable” to a point so that you can read the text on a web page ;)

      • Ardorm

        H-m-m, I guess then it’s just a matter of practice…

        Thanks for replying :)

  • John

    Hey Karen, I am happy to hear you like your new Blackberry. You know if you had a blackberry plan already you could have went online and logged in to their site and set up everything from there. But I guess you are like me and would rather talk to someone live instead.

  • Karen

    Thanks John, it’s certainly saved a bit of cash in my pocket ;)

  • Robert Guillegan

    Hmmm, I prefer Iphones but BB is more powerful in someway. BTW, congratz on having your 2nd hand BB.

    • Karen

      Thanks Robert and also thanks for stopping by ;)

  • Ross

    Just sold mine on You could have had it for a few quid lol.

    Just upgraded to the Torch and am loving it, you should get one!

  • Jenny

    Oh you are so awesome.. Welcome to BlackBerry World!!

    • Karen

      Thank you Jenny, love the tips on saving the battery power ;)