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Old 08-25-2009, 03:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Very new to BlackBerry. Currently using Storm 9500. A few stuff to ask u pros

1. I was overseas last night, and instead of showing the telecom partner of country i was in, the Blackberry signal bar shows *GPRS*. does this mean i am connected to the internet when i was on auto-roam?

2. Microsoft 'to-go' applications. I cant seem to register them via the Blackberry. something about APN and firewalls and application permission. wher do i go from here?

3. Other applications such as BlackberryMaps and Facebook Mobile. wher do i get these applications from?

real sorry guys. super newbie here. hope u guys can help. many thanks!!
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GPRS means you have a data connection if you need it. Upper case means you can get data, lower case is voice-only. It probably showed this because you were not using your carrier, but rather roaming. You might not get data services at all, and if you do you might incur *significant* data roaming charges.

I don't know anything about Microsoft apps for BlackBerry, but your Firewall options are found under Options > Security Options. You might have something checked there that is blocking certain apps.

BlackBerry Maps is often restricted by your carrier. Google Maps is a free download via your BlackBerry Browser. Facebook is available for download as well, either from the App World application on your device or from Facebook's web site.

All this assumes you have a genuine BlackBerry data plan on your account. Without one of those you can't use any of this stuff.
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There is no such thing as Microsoft apps for Blackberry that I know of.
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Thanks rambo47 for that. really helps. another question. gprs/GPRS means that I am not charged just because data connection is enabled right? This means that the status is GPRS/gprs but I am not actively using it.

and for the microsoft apps, the Storm that i bought came with Words, Excel and Powerpoint 'to-go' functions. this allows me to view and edit documents which are generated via those platforms.
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You are not being charged when you see "GPRS", it just means you could connect if you wanted to.

The apps you're talking about are by DataViz. It's the Documents To Go suite of apps that is designed to open MS format documents. You'll need to use that data connection to connect and register those apps.
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You are not being charged when you see "GPRS", it just means you could connect if you wanted to.

The apps you're talking about are by DataViz. It's the Documents To Go suite of apps that is designed to open MS format documents. You'll need to use that data connection to connect and register those apps.
Rambo how are those programs?

Worth downloading?
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There is no such thing as Microsoft apps for Blackberry that I know of.
There are apps that work with Microsoft document formats like Word, Excel, etc. But they are not made by Microsoft.
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Rambo how are those programs?

Worth downloading?
If you have OS 4.5 on your Curve, you should have the free version of Documents to Go.
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