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Hello,

I need to get some Blackberry phone for international travel. That said, I need phone model which:

1. I can insert GSM SIM card from international mobile provider
2. Can be unlocked (obviously)
3. Preferable quad band, but tri band 850(or 900)/1800/1900 will work too
4. Is reliable
5. Can work with usual GPRS/EDGE data (does not require BIS!!!)
6. Push mail is not important when I travel, what is important - to have at least some internet connection. Many mobile providers in different countries support regular GPRS/EDGE (example in eastern europe: w w w .kyivstar.net/en/personal/contract/services/edge or w w w .mts.com.ua/eng/connect_edge.php etc.) but really mobile providers which give the benefit of BIS are very very very extremely rare

Any ideas? Suggestions? Old, non fancy looking model is well enough for me!

At this moment I see the only candidate is Blackberry Tour, though, I am not sure if it will work with overseas GPRS/EDGE -- but *without BIS* ? Will it? I heard that probably Blackberry Web browser will not work, but Mini Opera and everything else will? Is it true?

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The Tour is the LEAST likely candidate, as it is primarily a CDMA device.

Since you are OK with an older device, and don't care about push e-mail, why not find an older 8320 (WiFi) which would work. Presumably, since you said "without BIS" twice, that means you don't want a BlackBerry Data Plan, which will severely limit what you can do.
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The Tour is the LEAST likely candidate, as it is primarily a CDMA device.

Since you are OK with an older device, and don't care about push e-mail, why not find an older 8320 (WiFi) which would work. Presumably, since you said "without BIS" twice, that means you don't want a BlackBerry Data Plan, which will severely limit what you can do.
What can I do without BIS? Any data at all?
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With a generic data plan in addition you may:

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1. use a third party browser like Opera Mini, but NOT the resident BlackBerry browser
2. may get email either via a web interface (using Opera) or other third party app, but NOT BlackBerry push email
3. use a number of third party applications that require net access, including some instant messenger programs
That's perfectly fine.
Questions now. Does anybody know if I'll be able to use Google's GMail (application) on generic data plan? on Wifi?
And same question about Beejive?

If YES, then I am saved.
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