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Old 01-18-2011, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi there I live in the UK and I am new to blackberry just aquired an 8900. Issue I have is as follows:

I can find a great Sim only deal 500 mins, unlimited text and 500MB internet but it is not a blackberry plan. Therefore I am not sure if I could use this on my BB. I believe I can use the phones under normal circumstances like normal phone, txt msgs and the like but not sure if I can access the web and/or use any of BB's services?

Can I have some advice please as I find this confusing. I am looking for a cheap plan just to keep my phone ticking over, as I have a company phone that I use on most occssions. But I'd like to surf the next send emails etc but I was told I couldn't do this without a BB plan.

What Can i do without a blackberry and what additions does a BB plan provide?

Thanks in advance JD
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Tesco have just recently started selling a blackberry. Whether they will extend blackberry plans to their sim only plans I don't know.

O2 offer Simplicity for Blackberry, as well as Blackberry Web and Text PAYG tariff.
They are your cheapest options as far as no contract BB data goes.

And yes, you will need a blackberry data plan to send emails or surf the net.
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Excellent thanks, I have checked the link out, it is a little clearer. We've spoke before midnightdraven but was getting conflicting views. I see you're on Tesco is it any good? and I called Tesco they are not offering any Data plan with BB at present but may extend this. I was also lookng at Virgin you ca get a BB 8250 plus 50 mins, 250 texts 1GB mobile and unlimited BB messenger for 10.21 a month but it is a 24 month contract and I don't like the very limited mins..otherwise 'd be tempted. I was trying to get a deal for around 10-12/month as I have a company phone and just want to keep my personal phone ticking over...that was all thanks...
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Tesco are good, but I'm using a 2G phone and don't often go on the internet, so can't comment on 3G. Never had a problem with them, recently switched to an online only tariff within 5 minutes, great CS.
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What's your recommendation. I have a BB 8900 I believe it is only 2G is it worth looking for a plan for this or does the Virgin deal look any good? If the mins were greater then I'd go for it as a tenner is nowt. As I said it's a cost ratio decision. Thanks...
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Duh! I forgot the 8900 was only 2G anyway [as is the 8520].
I used to be on virgin mobile many years ago, i just wouldn't recommended them.
I also hate 24 month contracts. Its a long time to be tied to a network, espeically one running off a company that itself is merging with another [virgin run off t-mobile who are merging with orange]. There's no guarantees things will stay the same.
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yes the 24months is a killer i think i'll take your advice. thanks I may go back to Tesco at least I can use he phone, txts etc...and the dewal is very good. 1 month rolling..thanks John ..
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