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Old 09-15-2009, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am about to get a Blackberry Tour on Sprint, and I am trying to figure out the most economical solution to use the blackberry in Israel when I am there for a few weeks at a time.

My wife has a T-Mobile blackberry that she uses in the US, and she is able to sign up for a plan before we go to Israel for 19.99 for unlimited email (not sure if other data as well). She is able to sign up for just the month that we are going, and then go off that plan.

Is there anything like that on Sprint? The best I could find was Data pricing of .016/KB and something called "Special Data Pricing: 1x/Ev Data" at .002/KB. (Don't know what the difference is b/w regular and special data!)
(I found that info here: International Dialing Rates
searched for 'Israel'

So, Question 1: Does this mean there is no unlimited sprint bberry email/data plan for use in Israel?

Question 2: If that is the case, do I have other options? I know that the Tour has a SIM card slot. Is it possible to buy/rent a SIM card that I can use for data usage? or is that just for Voice? It says on the Sprint web site that the Israel cell company that they partner with is Cellcom. Does this mean that I need to get a SIM card on the Cellcom network? Or can i use something else?

Is anyone familiar with pre-paid SIM cards for Blackberries in Israel, what it would cost and if it is unlimited Data?

I suppose that if there is no Spring unlimited plan, my ideal option would be to get a SIM card that allows me to use the Bberry for voice and data in Israel. If i can only do one or the other (data and voice), I would opt for Data, and rent a separate cell phone for voice.

Unfortunately, I just don't know enough about how these things work to even begin here.

If anyone can clarify/explain/point me to some info, that would be great!

Thanks!
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I would go to a Sprint store and ask that question. If they have a plan then you are good to go. If not see if they will unlock it so you can get a pre-paid sim card in Spain to use while you are there. You can get on the net and find a company you can use in your Tour and know the price ahaed of time.
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Most pre-paid SIM cards only provide voice and text - not BlackBerry data. The Sprint Tour comes with a SIM for international use.

You can change your current BB data plan to the $69.99 international plan and change it back when you return to the US.
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Most pre-paid SIM cards only provide voice and text - not BlackBerry data. The Sprint Tour comes with a SIM for international use.

You can change your current BB data plan to the $69.99 international plan and change it back when you return to the US.
That plan works fine abroad, and would probably be your best bet if you are going to do much in the way of email or web use.

The phone options are a bit more murky. You can obviously use the phone internationally at, I believe $1.99/minute in Israel. You can also get a local SIM that will cost less but will not work with data, and will also have a different phone number.

Also, be aware that in Israel you may have some issues that will pop up with selecting the best network to use, because I am pretty certain that both CDMA and GSM networks are present in the country.
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Get both the international plan (if you are planning to use data) and a local SIM for voice/text. You can prorate the cost of international plan only for the days that you were abroad, and using a local SIM is a lot less expensive than using the International plan to make voice calls. You can either use the SIM in your Tour and switch between CDMA and GSM radios when you need to switch from data to voice use, or (simpler) just bring along another unlocked GSM phone to use with that SIM.

Unfortunately, you cannot get a prepaid SIM in Israel that combines both voice and BIS data (in EU, you can i.e. Vodafone has both prepaid voice and BIS data).
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