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Old 11-09-2008, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
MadPutz
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Ok, when I bought my Bold from AT&T I got the Blackberry Data Plan. However, I realized that the bill was much too high and called to cancel my Data Plan and reduced other things (reducing my monthly bill from $100 to $45). My thinking was that I didn't really need internet, and that I almost always am in range of my university's free wireless (I thought this would be simple due to the Bold being advertised as natively wireless internet capable). I also asked if I could access wireless without a data plan, without touching AT&T's network and getting charged. The support representative said I can and that I am welcome to do so but didn't know how to help me so she forwarded me to blackberry's tech support which is fully automated and requires something like $50 for incident cases. I hung up.

Anyways, after the cancellation, I did some independent research and on my Wi-Fi connections list I deleted AT&T and kept Brown and Brown-Secure, my university's wireless names. An internet guide (spaces in http) h t t p : / /w w w.ehow.com/how_4537240_using-wifi-data-plan-t.html on how to connect Blackberries to wireless without data charge said to delete everything under Advanced Options > TCP I did this and everything worked fine. My homescreen also constantly says AT&T - Brown. I then set my default browser to Hotspot Browser. I turned on Data because the wireless was blocked without it (bad mistake). I then went on the internet (I knew I was using my university's wireless, I constantly had to log into my university's wireless splash page with my University account and I kept getting disconnected). Everything I did was through AT&T - Brown.

Today I check my ATT.com account and it says I have used 4.29 megabytes of data (I downloaded a bunch of apps through university's wireless and gmail constantly retrieved messages automatically). That's $43 of usage. I turned off my data and I am going to switch to the blackberry data plan (for this month only, because it may reduce my $43 bill to $30, and then I will cancel it next month). My question is, what did I do wrong and is there a solution? I am fine with no internet at all from now on but occasional access to my university's wireless without being slapped with a massive bill would be great. Thanks in advance guys.

PS: I saw that T-Mobile offered a Blackberry Feature Enabler or something that would solve all my problems. Too bad AT&T doesn't offer the service.
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