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Old 09-22-2007, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know this topic is going to cause a stir...because it already did on howardforums....yes, it's a blackberry on prepay with full push email and data included. No I'm not lying....I hope that clears that up....and I'm not typing this to sound like a prick, I'm terribly sorry if I'm coming off that way.

On my 7290, I get unlimited data access to blackberry programs, push...web browser, gmaps, etc....but with 3rd party I get charged the regular rate or .01 per kb. That I can understand....but how is it that the network knows what is what? When I put the sim in another phone, it charges me normally where when in the BB, it doesn't.
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Programs that use the TCP/IP will likely be what you're charged for. Programs that use the BIS will be included in your data plan. I'm not familiar with the plan you have on your prepay, so it's just my guess.

(and you weren't sounding like a prick until you used the word prick )
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JC, that's exactly right....the way you explained it. Now I'm just trying to figure out how the BIS service is utilized. IPs, proxys, etc.

I don't understand your last comment though...
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untouched, could you tell the BB prepay service or sim card you are using please? Is it only for the US or for abroad with better roaming rates? thks
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Configure Options->TCP->APN to be blank. This will prevent you from using non-BIS data.

Find third party applications that can be configured to route data through BIS (blackberry.net). Examples include Rove MobileSSH and Rove Mobile Desktop (VNC/Remote Desktop client). Unfortunately, I have no idea whether Opera Mini can route over BIS.

Another (more risky) example is MobiShark.com which has software that allows you to tether over BIS. Yes, tether a laptop to a BlackBerry as a modem, but route data over BIS instead of the regular APN. Don't think the carrier would be happy with unlimited tether data on a pay-as-you-go though!

Mind you, test first with light usage of anything. It's possible that they may still bill for data, if they found a way to filter BIS data on a per-application basis. (Probably via Service Books filtering: Anything that goes over certain service books might potentially be charged)
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