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Old 08-20-2008, 12:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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From the FAQ. Here is why you need a BB dataplan

What do I need a Data Plan for? What do I need a Data Plan for? - BlackBerryFAQ


* Do I need a data plan to get email?

Yes, without a data plan all you have is phone, SMS, and PIM services. (ie... Outlook, Contacts, Calendar ect..)

* Do I need a data plan to access the internet?

Yes you will need a data plan to access the internet

* Do I need a data plan for MMS?

Yes, on most carriers, you will need a data plan to send/retrieve MMS messages.


With NO data plan you may:

* make phone calls
* send/receive text SMS messages
* NOT use any instant messenger program that anyone has found so far
* use the device as a standalone PIM
* NOT send or receive any information over the internet, in any way shape or form, despite what you heard about it being possible


With a generic data plan in addition you may:

* use a third party browser like Opera Mini, but NOT the resident BlackBerry browser
* may get email either via a web interface (using Opera) or other third party app, but NOT BlackBerry push email
* use a number of third party applications that require net access, including some instant messenger programs, as long as they're available to install from DM because:
* canNOT install apps OTA because that requires the resident browser
* canNOT use BlackBerry messenger or do PIN-->PIN messaging


With a BlackBerry data plan you may do all of the above plus:

* receive true BlackBerry push email from up to 10 different email accounts
* use the resident BlackBerry supplied browser to access the internet
* install applications OTA via the supplied resident browser
* use BlackBerry Messenger and send PIN-->PIN messages
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