I've read numerous threads about the ability to browse the internet and obtaining email w/out a data plan, and I'm still not certain. OK, tell me if this is possible, assuming I have no data plan:
I can install Opera mini and surf the 'net, but can't install anything OTA, correct? I'm assuming I can install any 3rd party apps using DM; please correct me if I'm wrong.
I can get my gmail if I install gmail mobile?
I wont get charged for air-time, if I use the above 2?
The main reason I bought the Pearl, was because I wanted/needed a compact PIM, with mp3 playback- the other bonuses like video playback I discovered here, among other cool tips and tricks.
DOH! I thought I was starting a new thread w/out realizing I was posting right w/in this one. I'd been searching for the thread in the general Pearl 8100 threads that discussed my questions, but just can't seem to find it. OK, I'm a dope. But if possible, just tell me if I'm able to do what I'd like.
Having email wasn't wasn't a must for me (but am quickly learning it's been a life saver), but I was basically snowed by ATT into getting this phone with a data plan- I started out as a corporate customer of Cingular, but ever since ATT took over, they've continuously reneged on their "benefits" accorded to corporate customers. 45% off on any "device" as they call it, and they continually redefine what a "device" is; it's an "accessory" when I want to buy say, headphones, so, no discount on headphones. Then when I wanted to buy the Pearl @ a 45% discount, the PHONE suddenly became an ACCESSORY!. Despite the fact this was all worked out as early as 4 months ago, when a very helpful customer rep called my local corporate ATT/Cingular store and explained my rights as a corp. customer, and it was entered in my profile that I was to have a 45% discount on any PHONE at any time
was I able to buy 2 new phones.
I know I'm ranting here, but the Pearl met all my needs so I could unload my Palm and mp3 player. I was "allowed" to purchase the Pearl at a discount only if I extended my contract another 2 years, AND purchase a data plan at the same time. I believe I can cancel my data plan after the first billing cycle. My only other option was to pay full retail price, which I absolutely refused to do, so after hrs. on the phone with ATT, they wore me down, and I relented.
So, If I'm able to get my email (I've become accustomed to getting it now when I'm out,), and surf a bit without breaking any laws, I'd be happy to stick it to ATT. Sorry for the lengthy rant, but would appreciate it if anyone can clarify this for me. TIA!
Oh, if you're interested in what I get for my $29.95 data plan, here's what I get:
100 sms txt messages (I don't text much; it would cost me 10 cents/txt w/out plan. About the only time I text is to my daughter ("get your butt home NOW!")
unlimited email, and, of course, the blackberry.net address.
After all the taxes, the cost is closer to $40+. Really an extravagance for me.
Aside from the possibility of being able to get email and 'net w/out charge, are there any downsides to not having the data plan? Again, sorry for the long post, especially if it's been asked already; I did use the search function here, and I was getting hits for what I'm asking as it applied to other models- I don't want to assume it to be true for the Pearl.