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Old 08-16-2008, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright I tried searching, and I did come up with some answers but I'm still a little confused on something. I will get ordering my 8310 on Friday, so I just want to make sure it is exactly what I want. My only concern is the lack of Wi-Fi, and that is what is confusing me. Does this mean that I will have to be directly connected to a computer in order for me to send/receive e-mail and use the web browser? I will be getting hooked up with the Enterprise Server we have here at work, so I wont be getting any of the data plans offered by AT&T.
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Old 08-16-2008, 04:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In order to be activated on your Enterprise server, you will have to have the BlackBerry BES data plan from AT&T. This includes that ability to use up to 10 BIS email accounts, and 1 BES account. You will be able to use that data plan to browse the web and get all of your email, however some companies have an IT Policy that will block these and other things from working. So, it is completely up to your ocmpany if you can use it the way you want or not.

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Old 08-16-2008, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh alright, I was under the assumption that if your company had a BES server you wouldn't need to get a data plan through your provider. , lol.

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You won't need to get a data plan for personal email, your BES will cover 10 BIS personal accounts, for instance if you have a yahoo or aol email for personal use.

Of course, some BES systems do restrict additional email accounts, but that is more rare.
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Oh well I won't need my personal e-mails coming to my Blackberry, just need my work e-mail coming to it. So in that case, the BES server we have here at work would cover that, without me having to get a data plan, correct?
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Oh well I won't need my personal e-mails coming to my Blackberry, just need my work e-mail coming to it. So in that case, the BES server we have here at work would cover that, without me having to get a data plan, correct?
No, you still need a BES data plan from AT&T. It'll be about $40-$45 per month in addition to the cost of your voice plan and other add-ons.
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I think what JSanders meant was that you don't have to get a seperate data plan for personal email and web browsing, but in order to have enterprise activation you will need a BES data plan on the account.

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Ah alright, I understand.
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Just another question, this is more so asking for an opinion. Do you think that the Blackberry is worth it without the data plan? Thinking about it more, and I really don't have to have my work e-mail on my phone, it's not an issue that is really that important. It was more so since I thought I wouldn't have to pay for it, that it would be an awesome addition.

Now my other question is, without the data plan, would I still have internet access?
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Just another question, this is more so asking for an opinion. Do you think that the Blackberry is worth it without the data plan? Thinking about it more, and I really don't have to have my work e-mail on my phone, it's not an issue that is really that important. It was more so since I thought I wouldn't have to pay for it, that it would be an awesome addition.

Now my other question is, without the data plan, would I still have internet access?
If you don't have a data plan, it's nothing more than a phone and a PIM. And without the data plan, you will not get internet access either.

Basically, no data plan. Why bother with a BB?
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Alright, I had a feeling. Back to the drawing boards, have to decide if I want to get a BB or a different phone then. I thought that the Curve did some with internet access even w/o the data plan.
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If you don't have a data plan, it's nothing more than a phone and a PIM. And without the data plan, you will not get internet access either.

Basically, no data plan. Why bother with a BB?
I have to disagree... I don't have a data plan and I love my BB. I like that I can synch my contacts and calender from Outlook to my BB. I also like that it has a Media Player. Sure I would love to have a data plan but right now it's not in the finances. I do sometimes check out things on the net or use Google Maps at which time the PayPerUse Media Net kicks in. I've yet to spend over the $30 it would cost me to have the plan. I will have one eventually I am sure, but for now I am still very happy to have a BB.

Even without the Data Plan, a BB is still more than just a phone.
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I think carrolldf stated just that: "a phone and a PIM".

Many users appreciate the PIM functions.
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It would make a little sense to have a BB without the data plan if you had a 8120, 8320, or 8820 because they have Wi-Fi. A BB is still a great phone without a data plan, but you might as well save your money and get something else. You basically have a phone that doubles as a PDA.
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You basically have a phone that doubles as a PDA.
Exactly why I like it...lol.

I used to have an HP Jornada PPC and wished it had a phone. Now I have it with my Curve.
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Thanks for all the help guys, I'm glad I came here and got this information, otherwise I would have ended up being pretty unhappy about my choice! I actually decided to go with the LG Vu, just have to check around here and see if it's in stock, they don't have any on the website
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Alright, I had a feeling. Back to the drawing boards, have to decide if I want to get a BB or a different phone then. I thought that the Curve did some with internet access even w/o the data plan.

I have an 8820 I am selling that has WiFi so you could connect that for Internet at home and other places.
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