Originally Posted by beanster
Can anyone help me as I'm in a real mess!!
I've purchased a 5820 which has been unlocked, however I fear i may have deleted some crucial files as when I switch it on with a vodafone sim, which has been gprs activated, the phone works and gprs comes up in low case, however it returns the message "data connection refused", as a result I'm totally stumped as for what to do next.
Any advice would be gratefully recieved.
I'm assuming this was purchased from ebay? Anyway, no, unfortunately you will need a BB data service to take advantage of full service.
Its about time ebay made some requirement for sellers of Blackberry to make more clear that subscription is required, all too often the device is sold as "....best pda email device in world" in huge font and then somewhere obscure is small statement about subscription etc.
Its still a reasonable device, unfortunately the 5820 does not support voice calls except via the handsfree cord, so usage of this device will be somewhat limited.
Really T-Mobile UK offer some excellent data packages now. For £10 you get 50mb of email/data which isnt bad.
Alternatively, if you dont want to pay subscription you will maybe have to look at some of the alternative pda's on the market.
There is a piece of software for Treo 600.650 and Tungsten W called chattermail. You install it, use your standard gprs connection and it gives you push email via your imap inbox (imap is easy to setup, plenty of free providers). You can trial it for 30 days then choose to buy or not. Think its about $35 per year. Probably the closest to a Blackberry you will get without monthly data plan.