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Old 03-01-2006, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been digging around the site and I haven't found anything conclusive, so, if there's a FAQ please link it, if not, maybe a small FAQ might be worthwhile...

Anyway, I've been looking at getting myself a phone, probably second hand, and I would really like a keyboard and an OS. My primary use is SMS and email (via web interface) and web browsing. I'm looking at the 7290 or maybe 7100, as they have Bluetooth and can run OS4.0. For the above I currently use a Motorola Accompli 009, but it's getting a tad dated, and I end up needing another phone since voice is difficult on the 009.

So, what (GSM) Blackberry's, if not all, work without a Blackberry service, can it be turned off (the wireless service)? From what I can tell in the manual, I can sync all my Blackberry stuff through my PC but can I sync emails, address book and calendar, is this so?

Anyone have any recommendations?
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All GSM/GPRS/EDGE BlackBerrys work without a BlackBerry Data Plan. And all you will have is voice and SMS - no Internet or data at all. You can sync Contacts, Tasks, Calendar and Notes via the USB connection. BT will be for wireless headset.

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There is no such thing as "E-Mail sync" on a blackberry. Blackberries use Push mail where the mail is pushed into the phone as it comes in either from the Blackberry Internet Service or a Blackberry Enterprise Server.
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It you want web access on a BlackBerry you must have a BlackBerry data plan. If you have a BlackBerry data plan you will have access to your providers BIS site where you can send up to 10 email accounts to your BlackBerry.
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That answers my questions spot on, Main reason I was looking at trying to get around the Blackberry data plan was the cost, $30-$50 on top of a normal plan doesn't excite me a lot.

Thanks for your help.
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