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Old 07-10-2008, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Using my Blackberry Internationally (in Israel)

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I have a problem. I am traveling to Israel next month and really need (ok, "want") to have my Blackberry service while I'm there. If not the BB push service, I at least want to be able to use my BB to get onto the Internet and check my Yahoo! mail. I would also like to be able to have access to my instant messaging service to "chat" with family members at no/little cost.

I called AT&T and they said that they only way I can get international data service on my BB is to commit to a one-year, $64.99 per month international package, with an early termination fee of $155. Since I'm only going to be in Israel for two weeks and don't have any other international travel plans on the horizon, this does not make sense.

Are there any other solutions someone can recommend? My phone is unlocked, so I am hoping that there is something I can do through another company and with another SIM card.

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Old 07-10-2008, 10:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That is ridiculous!

You could try using the opera mini browser on a prepaid local sim for browsing to your email online. You would need to enter the APN settings for this carrier onto your device to get it working but this is not quaranteed to work. I do not think instant Messaging will work via opera but you may be able to use the yahoo go application.

Look in the FAQ section for an article on running a BB on a generic data plan.

If your bb has wifi (I'm on the wap site & cant see) you could use that.
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Old 07-10-2008, 03:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The answer they gave you is not correct. I know because I also used my AT&T Blackberry in Israel-- and it worked great. You can either sign up for the $65 unlimited international data plan (as you describe) or you can sign up for international use without adding any new specific data data plan. The catch is that they charge you, I believe, 2 cents per kilobyte usage. If you're only going to use it for emails, the charges will probably be quite reasonable-- I think mine were a few dollars per day. But if you're also going to do web browsing, then the charges can bite you pretty quickly. In either event, you do have to call AT&T to make sure you're signed up for international roaming--- but as long as you're willing to pay 2 cents per kilobyte, you don't need to commit top a specific plan any more than what you have already.
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PS-- make sure you either PIN or email rather than SMS. Text messages are ridiculous--- I think something like 50 cents per. But if you PIN or email, it's considered data. I wouldn't do too much BBMing or GChatting--- you'll use more data than you think. But as I said, an occasional PIN and email--- the charges were fairly reasonable.
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The answer they gave you is not correct. I know because I also used my AT&T Blackberry in Israel-- and it worked great. You can either sign up for the $65 unlimited international data plan (as you describe) or you can sign up for international use without adding any new specific data data plan. The catch is that they charge you, I believe, 2 cents per kilobyte usage. If you're only going to use it for emails, the charges will probably be quite reasonable-- I think mine were a few dollars per day. But if you're also going to do web browsing, then the charges can bite you pretty quickly. In either event, you do have to call AT&T to make sure you're signed up for international roaming--- but as long as you're willing to pay 2 cents per kilobyte, you don't need to commit top a specific plan any more than what you have already.
This is more inline with what T-Mobile charges (I don't know the exact per kilobyte fee). Since your phone is unlocked, I would recommend shopping around for another, in-country SIM - perhaps through Cellcom, Pelephone or Orange.

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