Another update on this for anyone else that may have this problem
I tried displaying the exception caught by the try-catch block for network connectivity and it seems that i was getting the following exception
exception:Java.io.IOException:could not open tunnel - failure
I checked out these posts and had to set my APN in the advanced -> TCP section and now it works! Java.io.IOException:could not open tunnel - failed exception BlackBerry Internet - MSN/chat/web/telnet/TCPIP - No BES!
sure am a happy camper right now :D