05-10-2009, 11:29 AM
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| | Heading abroad, please advise.
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I currently have a BlackBerry Curve 8310 connected to Vodacom South Africa, set up as follows:
Using BIS with Yahoo account, IMAP account and Exchange OWA account. Also using Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and ICQ (application supplied by BlackBerry), and Vodafone Sat Nav.
I will be going to China next week for an extended period of time (approximately 2 years). I have some questions:
1. Can someone recommend a good carrier in China? I'd prefer cheap, but good coverage is also important as I will likely travel to some outlying areas as well.
2. Will I be able to just plug in a new SIM card (provided it's provisioned for BlackBerry of course)?
3. Are there any settings I need to change on the phone?
4. I have a BES account with Exchange which I'm not using at the moment as my BlackBerry package with Vodacom doesn't support BES, only BIS. I would like to use BES as well as BIS if it won't be too expensive.
I'm currently paying around US$7/month for my Blackberry package with Vodacom (unlimited browsing, e-mail and GPS, but no BES). I'm looking for a similar package if someone can recommend, preferably with BES as well. I don't mind spending a bit more if necessary (note: a bit, not like US$200 a month or something).
Any advise would be much appreciated. Vodacom recommended I use China Telecom as they are apparently the only network in China that supports BlackBerry, but I've seen an advertisement for BlackBerry on the China Mobile website (although really expensive).