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OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 09:54 AM

Probably the stupidest question to post on this forum...
 
I feel like an idiot for asking this, but I work for AT&T and they don't like to give us a straight answer on this issue, because they think they'd miss out on profit, and I also don't actually have a blackberry to test this out on, but is it possible to connect to a wi-fi network without having a data plan? I know it's the simplest thing in the world but I've never had the opportunity to find out. :oops: I also don't know if this is where I should post... >.>

MidnightDraven 09-13-2009 09:57 AM

yes you can connect
what you can do with wi-fi without a data plan is however limited.

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 09:59 AM

Things like not being able to do BB messenger would be obvious to me I think. Again, not sure if this is the place I should post this, but what is it limited to? Can you connect to your browser and surf the net? Can you use email? Sorry if I'm asking a lot, I've just not had the opportunity to experiment by myself.

MidnightDraven 09-13-2009 10:15 AM

you have download Opera mini to PC, transfer to phone, to surf the net on wi-fi.
No, you cannot use email.

theres a thread around somewhere about what you can do with only wi-fi and no data

akosnitzky 09-13-2009 10:17 AM

Wirelessly posted (Its All About the U!)

You can SMS and have voice. You cannot download OTA. Though I am not sure if that relates to a hotspot browser. You also have a paperweight.

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 10:29 AM

I get a few customers that want to run off of just wi-fi, which is why I'm asking. I'm not sure what they would want to do with it, as far as I know we don't have a Blackberry Enabler feature. It always blows my mind too when someone buys a blackberry and has a data block, sms block, with full intent to only use it as a voice phone. Thanks for your responses guys.

xs11e 09-13-2009 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Midnightdraven (Post 1470442)
you have download Opera mini to PC, transfer to phone, to surf the net on wi-fi. No, you cannot use email.

Correct however many have webmail through their ISP and that'll work with the Opera mini if that's satisfactory to the OP?

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 02:50 PM

Ah, so you can access things like MSN, Yahoo, AOL, and Gmail? That makes a bit more sense.

MidnightDraven 09-13-2009 03:10 PM

Only by loggin into the webmail for that provider.

to xs11e, true, except tesco.net (my isp). the webmail isnt a recognised on mobiles and cannot be logged into.

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 03:13 PM

So you have the ability to access the webmail, depending on the provider. I see. So it is very limited in it's functionality, but there is some there. Thanks for all the answers guys, you've helped me answer a question that's been bugging me for a while now.

TXLady 09-13-2009 03:32 PM

The answers to many of your questions can be found in the FAQ What do I need a Data Plan for?

This FAQ talks about what you can do with no data plan, a generic data plan, and what you need a BB plan for. I believe using WiFi will work the same as a generic data plan.

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 03:34 PM

Thanks for the link TXLady, unfortunately I can't view it at work, and we don't have any info here, they really don't want us to even tell customers that it's possible it seems like, I'll take a look at it when I get home most likely. :)

Trimix 09-13-2009 06:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by OrangeBDS (Post 1470542)
Ah, so you can access things like MSN, Yahoo, AOL, and Gmail? That makes a bit more sense.

Gmail and Yahoo for sure you can. I've tried those. Not sure about the other two as I don't have those accounts.

And your question isn't the stupidest. This one still reigns king: http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...cteristic.html

OrangeBDS 09-13-2009 07:17 PM

Haha... wow... just wow...


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