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Old 04-24-2008, 09:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys, i just got a pearl and am new to this community. the first thing i need is the browsing capability, but i have no idea what's the right thing to do. my t-mobile dealer told me that there's some kind of blackberry plan for $30, but on the t-mobile site, there's another kind of plan called "webs & apps" for $6.99 that any phone could get. i just want to browse and dont need that bb e-mail plan (i heard that you could still access email sites like g-mail via browser).. so my question to all the fellow t-mobilers here is, can i still get this cheaper $6.99 plan and still be able to use apps such as browsing, google maps, miniopera, facebook, aim, etc? thanks a lot guys!
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correction: that t-mobile plan is actually $5.99 a month.. in case anyone gets confused.
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hello kimchi and welcome to the forums...

first off, you will need a data plan specifically made for your blackberry. T-Mobile has one called "BlackBerry Unlimited Add-On" which is $19.99 per month. The $5.99 a month plan is T-Zones and will not give you full browsing and connectivity. Everything mobile internet related will be given to you with this plan, including using your blackberry as a modem for your laptop/computer. enjoy.

edit: just in case you'll need it, it comes with e-mail...like it or not. lol. but you def do not have to use it. (e-mail and the BB exclusitivity is what makes them so addictive to most useres)
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thanks for the quick reply. what do you exactly mean by "full browsing and connectivity"? i played around with a friend's pearl with the $5.99 plan and he was able to go onto google and such. it's just that the price difference is big and i just wanna make sure. thanks.
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limited browsing capabilities meaning that you will only have access to websites supported by t-zones, which isn't many.
you can always try it. add the t-zones to your plan and if it doesn't work out, take it off. that's what i like about t-mobile, you're never stuck with any changes. the blackberry unlimited is definately worth it, it gives you the oportunity to make your BlackBerry...a BlackBerry. Good Luck!!!
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are connection speeds any different between the two? i guess i'll just go with the bb unlimited add on plan. like you said, i'll be able to use the blackberry to its full potential.

this is totally off topic, but are you affiliated with the dinan company that tunes european cars? haha
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are connection speeds any different between the two? i guess i'll just go with the bb unlimited add on plan. like you said, i'll be able to use the blackberry to its full potential.

this is totally off topic, but are you affiliated with the dinan company that tunes european cars? haha
haha. not exactly, i have a dinan tuned M3...so, im just a fan!!

as for the connection speed, i am not certain, but the service you get is a whole world of difference. lol.
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mmm please tell me it's an e46!! i apologize to the readers for digressing from the topic haha.
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I have T-Mobile BIS for my 8800 for $20 a month according to My T-Mobile. It's definitely worth it. If that add-on would make your plan too expensive, TMobs also has a great 1000 minute, unlimited data/email/SMS/MMS plan for somewhere around 50-60 a month, I believe. (Someone feel free to correct me on any part of this since every time I get bored enough to check the plans, My TMobs is convinced I'm trying to change my plan and doesn't let me see a darn thing.)

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I have T-Mobile BIS for my 8800 for $20 a month according to My T-Mobile. It's definitely worth it. If that add-on would make your plan too expensive, TMobs also has a great 1000 minute, unlimited data/email/SMS/MMS plan for somewhere around 50-60 a month, I believe. (Someone feel free to correct me on any part of this since every time I get bored enough to check the plans, My TMobs is convinced I'm trying to change my plan and doesn't let me see a darn thing.)

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hmm...

your plan doesn't include nights/weekends does it?

@ kimchi - yes its an e46. lol.
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No, it doesn't, and I don't have that plan for that reason - I rely too much on the "free" nights/weekends. But if you don't use your phone very often and just need a decent chunk of minutes, it's a great way to save money.

As of right now, I have the 1000 anytime plan with unlimited nights/weekends that pops up every now and again + BIS + unlimited texts. I cringe when I look at the bill thanks to my constrained college student budget, but it's definitely worth it.
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I have T-Mobile BIS for my 8800 for $20 a month according to My T-Mobile. It's definitely worth it. If that add-on would make your plan too expensive, TMobs also has a great 1000 minute, unlimited data/email/SMS/MMS plan for somewhere around 50-60 a month, I believe. (Someone feel free to correct me on any part of this since every time I get bored enough to check the plans, My TMobs is convinced I'm trying to change my plan and doesn't let me see a darn thing.)

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sorry to bump* and im new too

but im concerned also. okay soo..

that's 50-60 a month? or 20?

i just want... unlimited texting, email, internet, does that come with that fave five stuff too? sorry.
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hello jimmy, welcome...

I think what rachamphetamine was referring to is what's called the "BlackBerry Minutes and Mail" plan for $59.99 which gives you 1000 minutes per month (no nights, no weekends, no m2m, no texting), but it adds unlimited blackberry data. (i personally think this one is crumby, considering you can chose a different voice plan that will include more and add blackberry data for almost the same price)

the $20 he was referring to was for the blackberry unlimited add-on.

Personally I have this:
myFaves 600 $49.99
unlim text $9.99 (promo)
m2m $2.99 (promo)
blackberry unlimited $19.99

just added Hotspot@home $9.99
(i'll see if i actually need this or not)

***you can always go to T-Mobile or call their customer service because they sometimes have promo prices and plans that are not advertised, I think they have one for blackberry right now as a matter of fact***
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hello jimmy, welcome...

I think what rachamphetamine was referring to is what's called the "BlackBerry Minutes and Mail" plan for $59.99 which gives you 1000 minutes per month (no nights, no weekends, no m2m, no texting), but it adds unlimited blackberry data.

the $20 he was referring to was for the blackberry unlimited add-on.

Personally I have this:
myFaves 600 $49.99
unlim text $9.99 (promo)
m2m $2.99 (promo)
blackberry unlimited $19.99

just added Hotspot@home $9.99
(i'll see if i actually need this or not)

***you can always go to T-Mobile or call their customer service because they sometimes have promo prices and plans that are not advertised, I think they have one for blackberry right now as a matter of fact***
I use the same plan as this guy minus the m2m and hotspot@home and i love it couldn't use my blackberry without the blackberry plan from tmo i tried it and its just not what i bought the phone for....i believe youll find the same thing.

p.s. i have a dinan 328is (e36)
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i just want... unlimited texting, email, internet, does that come with that fave five stuff too? sorry.
It won't come with the MyFaves plans unless you add the BlackBerry Unlimited Add-on for $20 a month which has unlimited email and internet, plus $15 a month Unlimited Domestic Texting.
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Oh, and I'm a she ;) And that was the plan that I meant, thank you for providing the name of it since I couldn't! But I did just check up on the plan through a proxy, and it does included unlimited text messaging.
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Oh, and I'm a she ;) And that was the plan that I meant, thank you for providing the name of it since I couldn't! But I did just check up on the plan through a proxy, and it does included unlimited text messaging.
that makes much better sense, thanks for clearing it up for us!! gotta love unlimited texting!!
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Most definitely! The only thing that keeps me personally from switching to that plan is the lack of night/weekend minutes. I use my phone more than I realize, and that's just a sticking point for me. But, it is definitely a great deal.
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off topic @ rachamphetamine

is the "e sol" labeled for our PIN referring to a bread? lol, cuase if it is...those are delicious.
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Alas no, I thought I was being clever by attempting to make it spell Pine Sol :(
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