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Old 08-05-2005, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys, Im hoping those of you experienced BB users will be able to guide me on some details, I do feel I need a Blackberry but I am balking at the costs involed. The following is based on Smartone-Vodafone Hong Kong pricing:

1. I receive around 50mb of email per day. Obviously my emails are very attachment-centric, with the majority of attachments being Jpegs and Docs. It is not necessary for me to download ALL these Jpegs/Docs to my Handheld, I would probably need to download only one or two.

2. Vodafones plans here are as follows:

Basic Service
US$14/month
Web Mail Storage: 25mb
Attachment via fax: Unlimited (local)

GPRS Required
US$15/month (5mb, thereafter $0.0065/kb = US$6.41/mb)
or
US$49/month (30mb, thereafter $0.0039/kb = US$3.85/mb)
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US$77/month (60mb, thereafter $0.0026/kb = US$2.56/mb)

3. My main concern is that I will go WAY OVER the 60mb per month, perhaps in the first three days? How are you guys being billed on your devices? Can you strip attachments at the web client level? What happens if the Web client goes over quota? Is 25mb standard in the US?

I hope someone in a similar situation as I am can help with some advise. TIA and apologies for the long post...
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FIrst of all, back out the attachments from the total, since attachments do not get sent to your BB unless you request them. So.. That changes the equation quite a bit. Web Client quotas are VERY small; I only have 10mb, which doesn't bother me as a corporate customer. If you are going to be browsing and using IM/chat software a lot, get the biggest plan possible. I have an unlimited plan from T-Mobile for $30/month PLUS my voice plan.
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Thanks for the quick reply NJBlackberry. Can you clarify what you mean by 'unless you request them'.

If I receive 100 emails on my blackberry and I need to see one email's attachment, is that possible? Or is this an all or nothing type of solution?
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When you receive an e-mail with an attachment, an additional menu option (Open Attachment) appears. You can then download the attachment - in 2k increments, I believe - it does NOT send down the entire attachment at once. Attachment viewing is "OK" at best. Without 3rd party software, like eOffice, you can not edit attachments. Most formatting is stripped off by the BES, you you are not really sending over a 5 mb attachment. You are sending the text piece.

It is NOT an all or nothing solution.

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ok thanks for clarifying that.

What about the web client? Surely that has to hold the attachments up to its 25mg limit right? (assuming it is connecting to a pop server - not exchange)
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I think I understand what you are saying in your last post there. You can ask for additional space if need for your web client, plus I am sure you do not need to keep every email you have ever recieved. I have set mine to delete on handheld and not my inbox, so it may be stored there for later viewing.

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Can I set my web clicent to not download attachments?
What about if I delete mail from my handheld, does that free up space on the webclient too?

or do I need to look at the myblueberry service as an alternative?
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Not that I know of. As for deleting, yes you can you can choose to delete from handheld&mailbox. I personally forward all my email clients so it has no effect on the inbox.

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I dont quite understand your 2nd sentence, you forward all your email clients to the web client so deleting has no effect on your original email clients?

In any case, thanks for clarifying about the deleting from the handheld/mailbox. I think i'll pop down to my provider and try this out
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