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Old 12-22-2005, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am fairly new to Blackberry. At my home, I do not have cell service. I do not have internet service because I am outside TMobile's area and the reciprocating service does not offer internet.

But, I receive all of my emails! How does this happen?

I know this must sound really dumb to you, but I just don't understand how all this works to make my emails come through when I have no phone service and no internet service.

Thank you for your answers and your patience with me.
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Old 12-22-2005, 08:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So your saying you currently have a blackberry and while your home, its not showing any bars for service/connection while there?
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Old 12-22-2005, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Talk to Mayor of New Orleans why emails one BB were still coming while all the phones including land lines were down during Hurricane K. It is hard to beleive by the email still works even though there is no voice network available. And that is one of the reasons why BB is getting so much popularity.
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Old 12-23-2005, 02:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's the ghosts in the blackberry's. Haha
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So this is one of those "we don't know why, but it CAN happen" kind of things? I will be changing from Tmobile (7100t) to either Cingular with the 8700 or Verizon with the 7130 as soon I make up mind which way to go so I should have phone service here at the house. In the meantime, I forward my bb to my landline when I come home and unforward when I leave (big pain). But I am amazed that the emails are making it though 100% of the time. Of course, I dont need them HERE....I have my desktop....LOL!!!
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I am guessing you are getting an intermitten connection that is enough to send an email but not enough to complete a call or internet connection.
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Thank you Mitch. That was the only answer I could come to, but I thought maybe there was a more interesting, actual reason for this.

So the email works through the phone service and not the internet connection? I have to drive a mile to get phone service, but the nearest internet connection is 10 miles away where my service changes to the TMobile towers from the NPI Wireless serivce I have at my home. NPI Wireless does not have internet service.

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There are 2 channels - Voice and Data (what you are calling internet). Basically the voice is a connected service when in use. Data is a non-connected service and can use special techniques to error correct the information. Therefore you don't need as much signal strength to use the data aspect compared to voice.
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That would certainly explain why I receive emails, except that I IN NO WAY have data services at this location. I am 10 miles outside of the TMobile area and in to NPI Wireless. NPI Wireless does not have data services. That is why I am confused. I am not even logged in to TMobile, but logged to NPI Wireless. ???
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On your blackberry, in right top corner, does it say GPRS or gprs or GSM?


Get to Options, open Network and check what it says in the line

Network:
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It doesn't say any of those, which would be correct because I am not on any network at this location. When I am in network, it says GPRS. Under options, network, is says *None*.
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You must have very intermitten connection. If this is the case, the last hope is your T-Mobile blackberry bill: if it charges you for roaming you were definitely not on T-Mobile network, if it does not- you may have very weak T-Mobile signal, but it is most likely T-Mobile.

It is possible when you carry blackberry around it gets connected to wireless network for a few seconds- and this is more than enough to get emails.

There are no miracles in wireless technology, but there are devices that designed very good, just like blackberry, and devices that aren't.

I was told by some folks that early blackberries were the only mobile devices to get signal and emails in elevators and basements of government buildings.
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