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Old 05-21-2010, 07:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Please help me understand data plans (Iusacell)

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Hi! First post and fist time BlackBerry user.

I've got an 8350 Curve. I've had it for three days and it is awesome.

My carrier is Iusacell, a mexican company; but please bear with me I am in genuine confusion.

My plan allows for "500MB of 3G", that's how they call it.

Issue is this: I've got mixed messages from the sales people because, in my experience, that these people never actually know what they're talking about and most of them don't even have a data plan so they repeat what they understood from what they've been told. Not much help at all!
  1. "You can browse and do anything without limit using your BlackBerry. The 500MB cap applies to tethering only"
  2. "There is no limit on the amount of "BIS which includes emails, IM, and 'social networking stuff'"; but any kind of browsing is limited to 500 MB, including tethering"
  3. "Everything is capped at 500 MB except for BIS"

I just chose to go for it and get the 500 MB plan.

A friend of mine has a 300 MB plan and says he's never went over in 6 months. He maybe doesn't use it that much.

Now here are the questions:
  1. Which of those 3 versions makes any sense to you or is like a plan you know?
  2. From experimenting I've noticed that browsing goes through a "BIS" proxy. I undestand then that navigation is a BIS service too thus not within what they call the "3G" service?
  3. I bought IM+, have the GMail app, Google Maps with Latitude and Opera. Are these apps within what salesman called "BIS which includes emails, IM, and 'social networking stuff'"?
  4. Is 500 MB too little? I browse daily but not a lot and I'm constantly connected to GMail and IM+ with 3 or 4 accounts and use Google Maps often because I like the novelty.

Actually I'm just trying to use it as much as I can to see when I'll reach the cap and figure it out; just not using tethering at all yet. My carrier has a website where I can see how much I've transferred but I think it's unreliable: it says I've used 15 MB in two days and I downloaded two podcasts of 19 each to begin with.

Anyway. Hope some of you takes interest in my questions and thank you very much.
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