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dwilkey 03-10-2006 05:26 PM

Don't think BlackBerry will work for me!
Hi I just bought a sim free 7290 today thinking that this would be a great device for me to use. I didn't realise that Blackberry is a service of its own provided by network operators. I am on Orange in the UK and I have a personal account with them, they have told me tonight that I cannot have a blackberry service because I'm not a business customer. So it seems that buying a blackberry was a waste of money because it seems that I can only do voice and SMS. Is there anyway I can do my e-mails and web browising without the Blackberry service itself.

I hope that this will work for me.



dwilkey 03-10-2006 05:43 PM

Can anyone help me? Thanks

d_fisher 03-10-2006 05:50 PM

Sorry, no. If you dont have a BlackBerry data plan you can not do email or web browsing.

dwilkey 03-10-2006 05:52 PM

Thanks Doug,

Does Blackberry not allow you to download through gprs say like a pocket pc mobile will do using 3rd party software?



d_fisher 03-10-2006 06:00 PM

I believe that smart phones also have a data plan, but its different then the one a BlackBerry uses. I had a BlackBerry the other day that had the wrong data plan and it could surf the web, but no email. I dont know if a carrier would do that for you or not. My example was an accident.

dwilkey 03-10-2006 06:04 PM

I wanted to go from a smartphone I had an orange spvc600 to the blackberry. With my account I have a gprs data plan, but on the bb screen it says data connection refused. I'm just downloading an orange uogarde to see if that makes a difference as this one is sim free.

NJBlackBerry 03-10-2006 06:07 PM

WIthout a BlackBerry Data Plan - a BlackBerry Data Plan - you have no data access at all on a BlackBerry. SMS & Voice only. gprs = no data. GPRS = good.

No BlackBerry Data Plan, no data. No hacks, bypasses or other ways to do it.

dwilkey 03-10-2006 06:16 PM

oh well,

thanks for your help.



paulbblc 03-10-2006 06:24 PM

I find it a little odd that they'd refuse service because you're not a business customer rather a personal customer. You might want to call again and check up on that.

Mark Rejhon 03-10-2006 06:25 PM

BlackBerry is available to non-business customers by many carriers.

It might be something specific to your carrier...

bryanty 03-10-2006 06:31 PM

Hmm, I'm a little confused. I will most likely be buying the blackberry 7130e soon from Verizon. I'm not part of any blackberry server or anything like that. So does this mean I won't be able to use the basic blackberry functions? I thought you could use it for personal use also.

NJBlackBerry 03-10-2006 06:39 PM

You can. Verizon offers personal plans with a BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service). Don't get confused by this other issue. OP is on Orange in the UK. Verizon is fine.

rcbjr 03-10-2006 06:40 PM

On verizon you will be able to sign up for a BB data plan and use the BIS, and all the functions of the blackberry.

Hope this helps.

bryanty 03-10-2006 06:51 PM

Ah I see. Good thing, I was scared there for a second. Thanks for the help

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