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Old 05-21-2010, 11:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, so I just bought the BlackBerry curve 8520, and I haven't got a clue on how to use it. My provider is Orange.

My browser won't allow me to connect, and I just get the message saying "This is a Wi-Fi service. Please ensure your device has an active Wi-Fi connection and try again". So does this mean I can only use my blackberry when i'm located near to a wi-fi spot...?
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Hi EnglishMatthew. Welcome to Blackberryforums!

Firstly, do you have a Blackberry Data Plan - the Blackberry Internet (Browsing) Service?

Secondly, you have the WiFi Browser active
Go to: Options > Advanced Options > Browser, change the Default Browser Configuration from 'Hotspot Browser'
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Bit of a noob, but what's a Blackberry Data Plan?

And yes, it's set to 'Hot spot'
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Wirelessly posted (White and Nerdy)

The blackberry data plan is an addon for your cell contract to allow you to browse, email, etc when not on wifi. Its just like adding a texting plan onto your contract. Just call 611 and tell them u need a "blackberry internet service (BIS) plan"
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I believe its 150 to call Orange, not 611.
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Check out this link:

Blackberryfaq.com - What do I need a Data Plan for?


You'll use the 'Hotspot Browser' when you connect to the net via WiFi
When you get a BIS plan, you'll get the 'Internet Browser' for net access through your carrier.
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Is this data plan only available to Contract phones? Because im on pay as you go.

I'm considering changing providers, because I have literally NO signal any where in my house. Is there any way to boost signal?
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No, Orange is the ONLY UK provider that offers Blackberry data plans on PAYG.
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I've found the Data plan for orange, costs an extra 5 per month.

But I'm just a little worried about the signal quality in my house.. At my most used spots in my house (My bed, at the PC) There's no signal at all, and just get a 'SOS' signal.

Is there anything I can do about this? :/
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Nope, its all about towers and their location mixed with thickness of walls of your house and tall buildings/hills/etc inbetween you and the tower.
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That's slightly annoying.. The tower isn't that far from my House.

I've gone through three different phones within the last three weeks, each have had different problems. Finally, the blackberry seemed to show promise, but now that i change provider I get shit signal. I can't win.
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Question. Do these actually work: mobilephonecrazy.com/modeldetail/8520-Blackberry-Curve,Signal_booster.htm
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Never heard of it; but at 3.95, if it doesnt work you havent wasted alot.
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That's what I was thinking. I'll give it a shot, then feedback.
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