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Old 10-22-2008, 06:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im going to be overseas for a month next week. Last time I ended up coming back with a $3000+ bill due mostly to roaming charges. I'm trying to limit my costs this time around. I have the Bold, so I'm trying to use WiFi as much as possible. A lot of times hotels will have a modem to rent to get access to the internet, but since I cant plug in the Bold obviously, I was thikning about bringing my wireless router and plugging that in. Is this something that would need to be set up everytime, or could I just plug the router in and have my Bold recognize it immediately?

Also, any other tips or tricks to keep roaming charges down?
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I just did some quick calls.

AT&T has an unlimited international data rate for $64.99/month. Then an early cancellation fee of $175 after I get back. 2 Months & canceling = $304.98

Rogers Canada has a 'great' international package for Western & Central Europe:
100 mins & 20mb for $470!

My best bet is to sign up with AT&T (even though I'm a Canadian), and cancel when I get back.

Unbelievable.
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Im going to be overseas for a month next week. Last time I ended up coming back with a $3000+ bill due mostly to roaming charges. I'm trying to limit my costs this time around. I have the Bold, so I'm trying to use WiFi as much as possible. A lot of times hotels will have a modem to rent to get access to the internet, but since I cant plug in the Bold obviously, I was thikning about bringing my wireless router and plugging that in. Is this something that would need to be set up everytime, or could I just plug the router in and have my Bold recognize it immediately?

Also, any other tips or tricks to keep roaming charges down?
Yes - your blackberry should be able to connect to your wireless router the same way abroad as it does at home. What you will need to ensure, however, is that your router can act as a wireless hub rather than a wireless router. Most can (you simply plug the internet cable in the hotel into one of the LAN ports) - but worth doublechecking first. It depends where you're travelling - but I find a lot of hotels now have wi-fi (albeit some charge for this). Also in Western countries, a lot of coffee shops etc.. have free wi-fi.

Finally - depending on where you're going - make sure you have the proper power adapters and even then you may have voltage issues etc...

So all in all, it may not be straighforward!

Investing in something like this may be worthwhile if you travel a lot as it will bypass a lot of the above issues:

Amazon.com: D-Link DWL-G730AP Wireless Pocket Router/AP w/ Client Mode, 802.11g, 54Mbps: Electronics
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Investing in something like this may be worthwhile if you travel a lot as it will bypass a lot of the above issues:

Amazon.com: D-Link DWL-G730AP Wireless Pocket Router/AP w/ Client Mode, 802.11g, 54Mbps: Electronics
very nice find! thanks
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Question guys. Can the bold use the stand blackberry charger. I have the internal travel charger(that unfortunately is no longer sold) that comes with a charger and inter-change sockets/plugs. Can that same charger be used on the bold? I know that a new standalone battery charger is required for the new M series batteries. Is a new charger required for the bold itself? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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very nice find! thanks
I have one of these devices and they are such a life saver when traveling internationally.
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I used my dlink wireless pocket router recently on a trip to Toronto. Just plugged it into the hotel's jack and my phone said Tmobile UMA! Sweeeeeeeeet. Provided wifi for two laptops and my 8120.
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