Yep... overlooked that part. Three basic parts to your cell bill would be:
- Voice plan
- Text plan
- BlackBerry specific data plan
Some carriers offer bundles of two or three of the above, but you would need to make sure that you are getting a BB specific data plan (either BIS - BlackBerry Internet Service, or BES - BlackBerry Enterprise Server), not a generic smartphone or multimedia plan. If you get the device and activate it in store, you shouldn't have to worry about this as the CSR should set everything up for you. It doesn't hurt to have the knowledge beforehand, of course, because CSRs do make mistakes.
All that said, a data plan is not absolutely essential, but without it, you will be missing many of the features that makes a BlackBerry what it is. BB ownership isn't necessarily cheap, but the experience is worth it, at least in my opinion.
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"Wow" is now overused. Therefore, I will use "Magic bananas" instead.