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Old 06-15-2005, 04:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everybody,

I´m from Germany and I just bought a Blackberry 7290 prosumer version. In January I want to fly to Australia for three months and use the email-function to stay in contact with german friends and to send texts about Australia to german newspapers.

Is there anything I need to be aware of? Do I need a special software to use a german blackberry in Australia? And which provider is the cheapest in Australia if i want to use my blackberry only for three months there?

Thanks a lot for your help!

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Old 06-15-2005, 09:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I visited Australia for a month last December and took my Blackberry 7230. I have service provided here in the US by T-Mobile, with global roaming activated. When I arrived in Sydney, my Blackberrry automatically connected to the Telstra system and I had flawless email for the duration of my visit.

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Old 06-15-2005, 09:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My wife is going on business to Australia for 3 months from the USA. She's on Cingular with a 7290. Does anyone have any experience with Cingular out of Australia? Will Telestra do the same with Cingular-BB that it did with Tmobile in Protractor's case?

Protractor -- what were you charged for your email use from Australia to the US?

Thanks for bringing this up binca.
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I'm in Australia and if I am to go overseas Telstra have partners overseas that I can use their network but is charged back to Telstra.
I am guessing this would be the same for other international users.
I would check with your provider what they have set up in regards to international roaming and also the charges for this as it would probably vary from your normal day to day usage.
For reference here is a link to Telstra's International Roaming partners...

Telstra International BlackBerry Roaming
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Just out of curiosity what kinds of charges are you all incurring for the roaming?
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My wife is going on business to Australia for 3 months from the USA. She's on Cingular with a 7290. Does anyone have any experience with Cingular out of Australia? Will Telestra do the same with Cingular-BB that it did with Tmobile in Protractor's case?

Protractor -- what were you charged for your email use from Australia to the US?

Thanks for bringing this up binca.
As I recall, T-Mobile charged $10 per Megabit for data .. I don't think I paid a lot of attention to my bill at the time .. it was within the normal range, so I didn't check specifically.
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Wife figured out that for an extra $20 to her Cingular wireless plan, she can get international wireless roaming, which allows for unlimited email to the US, or anywhere else in the world. For an extra $5 to her voice plan, she gets calls to the US for "only" $1.65 per minute (kinda steep). Does anyone know if the US Cingular 7290 will accept an Australian SIM card allowing for cheap in-Australia calling?
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When you roam away from your home network you are no longer using your bundle agreement with them as you are roaming on another carrier’s network.
You will be charged extra as the carrier you select charges your home carrier a fee to redirect your wireless traffic and calls.
Check with your provider before you travel what networks they have a BlackBerry Agreement with and manually scan to one of those networks when you get there.

guinda: unless your 7290 is network locked to US Cingular you will be able to use it with a Telstra SIM to make calls and send SMS but Telstra will not be able to update the RIM Relay so you can use one of their SIMs with your device to send/receive e-mail.
Using a Telstra SIM for Blackberry e-mail/PIM use will also require a Blackberry solution to be added to the service which you will be charged extra for.
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Rancor:

Sorry, but what do you mean by -- "Telstra will not be able to update the RIM Relay so you can use one of their SIMs with your device to send/receive e-mail."

Also, "Using a Telstra SIM for Blackberry e-mail/PIM use will also require a Blackberry solution to be added to the service which you will be charged extra for." Who does she buy this from, Telstra? If so, will buying this from Telstra resolve the "update RIM relay" you mentioned.

Thanks.

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