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Distinguishing phone type...

by edselsouth / November 29, 2012 1:45 PM PST

Thanks to those who have already provided me with some answers to previous questions.
I have three more questions. My wife has just acquired a Motorola Razr flip phone, V3, pink, used.
Question 1: The battery in the phone is bad, and will need to be replaced. What is the difference between the BR50 battery, and the BC50 battery. They look physically the same. eBay sites say that either will fit the V3 phone. (I have a good BC50 battery).
Question 2: How do we tell the model of the phone, i.e: V3i, V3e, V3m, etc? Can't find the designation on this phone. (The model might determine the battery number?)
Question 3: How do we know which carrier is used for this particular phone, Verizon or AT&T?

This phone does have a place for a sim (micro SD) card. Most sim cards I have found on-line also have an adapter with them. What's the adapter for?



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Once you identify the model #...
by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 7:25 AM PST

.....the forum members will be better able to assist you. If it has no SIM card slot, I suspect it is a Verizon, Sprint, or Alltel device (unless it is from an international carrier). If you can turn the phone on, you might be able to determine the model # from the settings icon on the phone. Good luck.

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by birdmantd Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 7:20 AM PST

Try going to the Motorola internet site and look in the wireless phone support section. There is a tool that allows you to enter the phone IMEI/MEID to identify the handset model. Good luck, hope that helps.

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Distinguishing phone type..
by edselsouth / November 30, 2012 7:46 AM PST
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birdmantd.... Thanks. I'll try to enter the numbers in at the Motorola site and see what I get. Need to fully charge the battery also. Thanks, David.

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Distinguishing phone type...
by edselsouth / December 7, 2012 12:40 PM PST

Followup: Charged the battery, wouldn't hold a charge. Bought a new battery. Installed the sim card from my old phone, and voila!! the phone works. Says Cingular (AT&T)! Time to get it activated, etc. Thanks for your replies. David.

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It doesn't need to be activated
by Pepe7 / December 8, 2012 12:13 AM PST

That's not how GSM works. If the SIM card is active, that's all you need.

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What if ..........
by birdmantd Forum moderator / December 8, 2012 1:25 AM PST

.....the OP wanted to activate a new line of service on the Motorola V3 and merely used an active At&t SIM to test on the phone ??

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