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Old 12-13-2009, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i was trying listening to online radio thru one of the radio channel's website...it opens with Media Player when clicking on the online icon ( on the site ) ....now the problem is i have been charged 800$ on my bill ......and just started using the BB service 2 weeks ago and have never made that much volume of calls )...could anyone give me a hint about this ?

it might be an old topic..but at least not for me..

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Old 12-13-2009, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You did not read the fine print on your contract. Data is not free. Switch to an unlimited data plan. Hard way to learn. You may be able to negotiate with the carrier by switching. If not your out $800
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yup, you need a specific BlackBerry data plan or else you're data use is charged on a "per kb" basis. As you've seen, that's monstrously expensive. Streaming radio racks up massive amounts of data usage too so if this is something you use a lot it makes the data plan even more critical.
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ok...but my BB service contract is for unlimited data....i figured out ( too late ) that they charged me for radio data when i switched it to 3G ( BB here unlimited on 2G only)......if i will use it on 3G while disabling the APN sittings would that still be charged for ?
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I would seriously sit down with the representative of the carrier and ask exactly what costs what. I have never heard of a 2g only unlimited plan. I suspect you switched plans and now have a limited plan.
Maybe someone else can answer the 2g vs. 3g plan but I would still visit the carrier.
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If you're streaming through the browser it's simply data. In regard to what the carrier sees there is no difference as to whether you're listening to a radio stream or downloading an applet. I agree with the others who said to check with your carrier to see specifically what is included in your plan. Tell them what you would like to use your phone for and it's likely they will come up with a plan that suits you. Good luck with the $800 bill.

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