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Old 02-11-2008, 06:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all

I am a total newbie, both to these fora and also to the beast itself....so go easy on me!

I'm looking to get a BB 88xx, to use as a phone for my buisness (self-employed) and also to use push e-mail, send and receive texts and do some internet browsing.

But as all the terms are new to me, I'm getting comfused.

I'm currently with Orange, who will upgrade me to BB 8820 or 8120 for small fee. Their voice and data plans mean that the addition of their 5 per month is still going to be cheap for me. But that is for 5mb

I had a look at t-mobile, and they seem to promise 50mb, and unlimited web browsing (although I'm not clear if you have to pay for that separately). This would be a little more expensive, and would involve swapping providers. BUT is it worth it? AND they have the 8800 and NO 8820

I have NO IDEA what kind of data volume I'm going to be using. I get 20 e-mails a day (perhaps with 2 or 3 word documents attached to one of them) and send about the same. There are some sites it's helpful to check for work, and others that are just for fun (amazon etc), but I don't see myself browsing the net all day.

So I guess I'm asking for general words of wisdom, and particularly would be interested to know how much data other people end up using, and can anyone guess what I may be likely to use? (I won't hold you to it and send you my bill if it's loads more!!)

Thanks for reading!

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Old 02-12-2008, 02:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome, shrinkopath. What's included in the BB data plan is a bit of a grey area. UK Voda's BIS includes 6Mb/month which comfortably covers email and attachments and some browsing (BB compresses messaging data very efficiently). And with 8820/8120 being WiFi, you won't be charged if you email/browse over a router.

Anyway, you probably wouldn't want to spend hours peering at a tiny screen. Most mobile device browsing is just to check a specific piece of info which doesn't require much bandwidth. Caution with Google Maps, though, which is quite data intensive. Maybe try the standard BB data plan for a month and see how much you use?

As to choice of carrier, Orange is obviously easier for you to arrange, but I've heard complaints about their coverage and customer service. The other carriers all have pros and cons, best to shop around, but plans that offer squillions of Mb for a fixed fee probably not relevant here.
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