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Old 02-02-2009, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi! I'm a new Bold user, and I just had a few questions about the data plan I'm using and usage.
I can barely say it in words, so I'm having trouble typing it as is...bear with me please if I'm not making sense

1. If my free wifi access is turned on and it says the name of the wifi point next to the ROGERS text at the top of my phone's display, that means my phone is only using wifi, right?

2. I downloaded gmail and instant messaging applications, and I was wondering about the data usage while these applications are kept on; a lot?; minimum?. Also, how do you turn it off if you don't want it to use up data?

3. I have a 500mb data plan, and most of the time I'm using free wifi from UBC (my university); do my online applications automatically run using the wifi access?

And last but not least: 4
If my free wifi is not turned on, do you get charged/lose data while you keep your phone on with the 'email' application turned on?

(the reason why I've asked so many questions regarding data/money is because I had some horrible experiences with 'not knowing' in the past and racked up some giant phone bills ...)

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Old 02-02-2009, 02:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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1# ...no.

You're connected to Wifi but make sure you see the "Wifi" icon- especially when using the browser. In hotspots you might revert to the 3G/EDGE network.
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So could I fix this by turning off my mobile network while I turn on wifi?

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Click on your "Manage Connections" icon from your Home screen, and select "Mobile Network Options" from the menu. Change "Connection Preference" to "Wifi Preferred".
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I don't see 'Connection Preference' anywhere, unfortunately =(
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Rogers Wireless will send you a text message once you have consumed 80% of your date and I believe that there is a cap of $100 that Rogers will charge you if you go over your data.
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Oh really?!
Well that saves a lot of trouble...thank you for that piece of information =)
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To answer a few questions ago, yes you can turn off the wireless radio if you want to be sure that you are going through WiFi.

One thing to bear in mind, when the WiFi logo is bright, it means that your Blackberry is connected to Rim via WiFi and the internet. This means PINs, BIS/BES/Unite Email and browsing will go over the WiFi. If the logo is dim and you see an access point name it means that you are connected to the AP but the Blackberry isn't yet connected, or can't connect to RIM through that AP. You can get into this state at some Pay hotspots (Starbucks etc) if you are connected, but not logged in.

I've had a bold on for a while, first on a 30MB plan, now on 300MB plan. I have WiFi configured at home and work and have yet to be spanked for going over by the guy who pays the bills at work.
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Thank you hrbuckley!

Then I guess it'll take a while for me to reach my 500mb limit.

And thankfully user raynicolini said that Rogers alerts you when you have 20% data left, so I'll know when to stop.

You've all been very helpful, I appreciate it.
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I'm also on a 500MB with Rogers.

For the very first month i got my phone i was playing with it constantly. Going to youtube, having MSN on at least 2 hours a day. Playing with Google Maps, downloading themes and games, browsing and emailing alot.

For that entire month i used a whopping 34MB. I think you're very fine with a 500MB limit as long as you aren't constantly streaming radio or video or anything like that. Having msn on 24/7 shouldn't be a problem if thats what you want to do.
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That's refreshing...

By having msn on, you mean signed on right? Not just having the application but being signed off most of the time.

I generally just go on simple html sites and Facebook.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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ludwig, here's a message I posted in a different thread. I think it will really help you...

Here's a good brochure from Rogers that gives a good idea of what you can do with your data plan...

-- Whoops, the system won't let me post a link.---

So, go to Google and search for: rogers your guide to wireless data

Look for the pdf "Your Guide to Wireless Data"

Interesting how much more data an iPhone uses compared to the Bold
eg
On a 500MB plan you could view 6,919 web pages with the Bold.
On the same plan you could view 2,926 web pages with an iPhone.
(175kb per page)
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Click on your "Manage Connections" icon from your Home screen, and select "Mobile Network Options" from the menu. Change "Connection Preference" to "Wifi Preferred".
Hi is there I can make my bold use a preferred wifi setting to browse?

Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:20 AM   #14 (permalink)
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if you are connected to wi-fi then opneing the browser should use wi-fi.
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