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Old 06-09-2008, 05:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the best (cheapest) carrier and plan if I want to use DATA ONLY on an unlimited international plan?

Is it only available on AT&T and T-MOBILE?

Please help and advise.
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I spend about 95% of my time abroad for work and use a local SIM and another cell phone for calls.

By the way, I am looking for a service provider from the States.

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Wirelessly posted (my new touch button BB)

International data for a BB on ATT requires you keep it for at least a year
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Wirelessly posted (my new touch button BB)

International data for a BB on ATT requires you keep it for at least a year
That shouldn't be a problem for me because I am on the road for work most of the year anyway. I want to find a UNLIMITED DATA ONLY PLAN that I can use year round that can save me the most money.
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I am trying to call AT&T to ask about their service but I can't get through. Terrible service.

I called T-Mobile and they advise me that an UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL ADD ON is an additional $9.99/mo, onto any other existing package.

Does anyone use this set up?
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I am trying to call AT&T to ask about their service but I can't get through. Terrible service.

I called T-Mobile and they advise me that an UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL ADD ON is an additional $9.99/mo, onto any other existing package.

Does anyone use this set up?
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Richchin,

I have the EXACT same question.
My understanding is AT&T is $69.99/month.
TMobile costs $20/month for email + ~$16/Megabyte for international non-email data.

Neither of these sound very good to me and I feel like I could maybe get a better rate from an Asian service provider.

Richchin, did you find any better infomation?
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I am trying to call AT&T to ask about their service but I can't get through. Terrible service.

I called T-Mobile and they advise me that an UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL ADD ON is an additional $9.99/mo, onto any other existing package.

Does anyone use this set up?
I recently added the AT&T BlackBerry International for $64.99 for my trip to Hong Kong. Without the international plan the roaming data rate is $.02 per KB.

I have to wait till next billing cycle to see what the bill looks like.
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I use the international data plan through ATT($64.99 in conjunction with my voice plan; would be $69.99 with no voice plan). It has worked great for me with no crazy billing. Lots of use in Europe, Middle East and Southwest Asia.
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did you find any better infomation?
I haven't been able to find a service provider in Asia that will offer unlimited service. I am in the process of moving from Thailand to China. Thailand doesn't have it and I will check China shortly.
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[quote=richchin;965586]I am trying to call AT&T to ask about their service but I can't get through. Terrible service. QUOTE]


I've done extensive research into this plan. It's called the AT&T World BB Unlimited International plan. Give this guy a call, he can help

Tom at AT&T on 1-800 342 3212 extn 6321 He knows what he is talking about and will fix you straight up.
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T-Mo is regular BB plan + international add on for another $20 which includes everything mail and data. Been there, done it and it is $20 for everything. Used it while in China.
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I have no voice plan with AT&T. I just have BlackBerry Personal Naitonal Unlimited ($35)

So, if I subscribe to AT&T International Unlimited, do I pay:

1. $35 Naitonal Unlimited + $69.99 International Unlimited

or

2. just $69.99 in total
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I have no voice plan with AT&T. I just have BlackBerry Personal Naitonal Unlimited ($35)

So, if I subscribe to AT&T International Unlimited, do I pay:

1. $35 Naitonal Unlimited + $69.99 International Unlimited

or

2. just $69.99 in total
Just $69.99 total.
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I have one BB 8300 serviced by T-Mobile with a 202 area code and another with a T-Mobile Deutschland. The 202 service has international roaming, unlimited data, emails worldwide. I do not use the voice other than in emergencies. My bill remains about the same, $138.00 each month and the service is fantastic. But you have to remember:

Roaming is not free. If you grab a piece of a tower that is not T-MD, you will get a charge of about 50 cents for an originated SMS if you are lucky. I have had one charge of about $2.00).

An originated voice call is about a buck a minute with a connection fee that starts at a buck. roaming gets interesting.

If you initiate an email, you start the clock ticking. That is data and you only get 2 MB.

Unlimited browsing isn't. Uncle Europa feels that 2 MB of browsing is all you need with a delux plan per month. that just gets me started. And the ubiquitous roaming fee...

So I started using the T-MD BB. Shazam. Not much difference, but I can make cell-to-cell calls for no additional cost. Mostly. I have gotten a few connection charges for roaming.

Well, I guess it is a cost of doing business...
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Just $69.99 total.
I just had an e-mail from AT&T Customer Service and they told me that I must keep my basic plan of $35 and pay the international un-limited of $64.99. How do you manage to pay just $69.99?

Here's their reply:

"Thank you for taking the time to e-mail the new AT&T in regards to what
you would be charged while you are roaming internationally for your rate
plans. My Name is xxxx and I am happy to help you with your
inquiry. I understand the urgency of resolving this quickly for you.

You are required to keep your $35 Blackberry Personal plan while you are
roaming internationally. This plan is your base plan and cannot be
removed. You would be charged the base rate of $35.00 and the
international Blackberry plan for $64.99."

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I have AT&T, I'm really not sure which is better but I really like my service.
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