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paulgevans 08-20-2009 03:49 AM

Data and Wi-fi problems

I know there are very similar questions already about this subject, but there doesnt seem to be any which answer my question specifically.

I have recently bought a blackberry 8900 on O2. With the contract, I have got unlimited data and emails etc, however I'm going traveling (Asia and Australia, not EU) and am aware that the free data only applies to the UK. Because a lot of the hotels and hostels I will be staying in have free wi-fi, I was hoping to take advantage of this. In other threads I know whats been mentioned before is to turn off the "Data services" in the mobile network options to stop data being used, and then to simply turn on the wi-fi, however when I turn the data services to off, then the wi-fi goes to grey straight away.

Has anybody else had this problem, and knows how to fix it?

Thanks in advance,


MidnightDraven 08-20-2009 05:16 AM

try doing it the other way around.
connect wi-fi.
make sure its white, and then turn off data services.

paulgevans 08-20-2009 11:50 AM

As soon as I switch the data services back to off, the wifi sybol goes from white to being greyed out, however I can use wi-fi if I turn the mobile network off. I suppose I could get round it this way, but I'd like to be able to make/receive calls and sms.

MidnightDraven 08-20-2009 02:35 PM

Ah yes, now I remember that was the only way someone posting here mentioned they could do it.

you basically have to connect wi-fi with data services on and then uncheck mobile netowrk connection.
wi-fi will remain white and download emails.

its the only way around it, and isnt too big of a problem, just do that when you need emails etc and then go back.

wadhiamod 08-21-2009 08:27 AM

u need the wifi service book. so the data services have to be on.
The work around is as mentioned above.

Else u could switch to the Unlimited data roaming which costs roughly about 25 for a month and then switch it back to the Free Unlimited UK data plan when you come back. At least that will ensure peace of mind and + when you travelling you would want to enjoy and not keep hastling with your phone. Think that 25 quid/month is not a high price to pay for peace of mind. Happy travels!

paulgevans 08-24-2009 03:18 AM

Ah ok, thats great, thanks for the help everyone!

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