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Old 07-01-2007, 07:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I had heard that if you get a regular cell phone plan and add on their cell phone wireless internet which they offer $10 for 10mgs that if you have an unlocked BB gsm phone they cannot track that the data used is from a BB or not. Is this true? because if it is it might be a good alternative for people with unlocked BB bought second hand. Please let me know. Thanks
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes!

You can use the Rogers 10meg data plan for BlackBerry, but you CANNOT use BlackBerry-branded applications (they just simply don't even work). So no email.

WORKS:
- Opera Mini 4 Web Browser for BlackBerry (from Opera)
- IM+ Chat with MSN, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, Google Talk (from ShapeServices)

DOES NOT WORK:
- BlackBerry Email
- BlackBerry Browser

My partner is using the cheap non-BlackBerry data plan on a BlackBerry. The text messaging and PDA features are wonderful and makes it worth having BlackBerry on a non-BlackBerry plan considering that the next step up from the 10MB non-blackberry plan ($10) is the 25MB BlackBerry plan ($60).

Yes, it's crazy to go from $10 to $60 just for 250% as much data.
Rogers is overpriced. (At least they got a wonderful GSM network -- excellent reception nearly everywhere I go -- a lot like Verizon in the USA)

IM+ is excellent at being data-miserly. Occasional use (3 to 4 times a week) used up only 400 kilobytes of data a month. This is less than I expected, considering I heard anecdotes that IM+ uses about 200 kilobytes per hour of heavy chatting...

BlackBerries still make excellent PDA / texting / chatting machines even without a BlackBerry plan...
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Old 07-11-2007, 03:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you said its only 400 kilobytes (roughly) per month on minimal usage (3-4 x/week) Does IM+ (and other IM software such as Jivetalk etc) calculate the kb by the # of message u send or the amount of time you're logged into IM+ using for example msn. Or is it both?

I would like to use msn on IM+ on the 5mb of data from the $20 comm package rogers offer.

If it helps, i have a unlocked BB curve with no data plan and i am able to use the wap rogers browser for internet.

EDIT:
Just subscribed to Rogers $8/month IM msn service. It includes 2500 msg sent per month and unlimited incoming.

Can i use IM+ with Rogers IM $8/month plan?? I currently dont have any data plan, therefore any extra charges will hurt. Rogers has put a note on my account stating that any extra charges will be credited though for my first month of use.

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