There's nothing to activate as far as I know.
Originally Posted by raphaelgo
I had to get a SIM card due that the original Pre is a non-SIM phone, so I simply got my card, got my phone number (and plan) switched over to the SIM card, placed the card in the unlocked Pre2 and the network was automatically recognized and it requested that I enter my Palm profile (which I don't think the plans matters as long as you have data so it can log in to Palm's servers) info and I was good to go. Once it was activated via Palm profile and running, switched to WIFI for the rest of the downloads and never had a problem.
I then got my wife's phone switched to the original Pre (she had a old flip phone, no SIM card on it either). Her phone on the family plan (shared minutes), so we did need to get her some sort of data plan, we got her the minimum (100MB) as she barely even uses it.
If your BlackBerry uses a SIM card and your Pre2 is unlocked, just drop the card in it and see what happens... I would believe that you'll just get a request to create your Palm profile.
For me, I simply told them that I was switching phones, from a Pre to a Pre2, and they didn't even seemed to care about it.
Technically I see it as: I got my Pre by signing a 2 (or 3) years contract... If I was to break it and have to replace it, I'd still be under the same contract. When I got the Pre, I asked about repairs and such and the fact is, if I had to send it in for repairs, I'd have no phone until they would return it, or if I had my own phone, I'd be able to flip it over to it until my Pre would be returned.
In other words, if you break the phone, the plan doesn't stop or gets cancelled, you just have to replace the phone.
So unless there's something really particular about the BlackBerry's data exchange, I don't see how it would matter what phone is on it. I understand that the plan might be "special" so that you'd buy the plan (and hence the phone), but unless you cancel the plan, once the contract is done (at which time you can renew it automatically, at least that's how it's always been for me with Bell for over 10 years), you then own the phone, which is why they state that you "qualify" for a new phone (but the small print is that you have to renew the contract or get a new one for 2-3 years again).
When you cancel a plan ahead of the 2-3 years, the cancelling fees aren't so much for the plan, but the balance that you owe for the phone and a disactivation fee.
Most plans covers payments for the phone that you get with it, which is why the cheaper phones are free (0$) and the newer models, you need to pay upfront for the balance that wouldn't be covered on the plan. Which is why that for a fancy phone, you get it for 200$ with a plan, while if you buy it unlocked, it's 500$.