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Old 02-11-2005, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got a BB 7520 I palced my Mexican SIM and I have activated Nextel services so I can get the NXTL on my screen. I don´t have any data services on my BB. What steps I'm missing ?
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I am going to Mexico in a few weeks and would love to know this as well. Would a BB7520 from the US work for data only in Mexico without making any changes to its current configuration?
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I am going to Mexico in a few weeks and would love to know this as well. Would a BB7520 from the US work for data only in Mexico without making any changes to its current configuration?
I live on the Texas-Mexican border, and find that my 7290 on Cingular often locks onto the Telcel towers across the border. Telcel provides GPRS service, and I am able to use the Telcel carrier for internet access and email transmissions seamlessly. There is an additional roaming charge on my Cingular bill for use of the Telcel network for data access on my 7290 (for which I receive credit from Cingular because of the involuntary use of this service). If your network supports roaming with Telcel, you should be ok wherever Telcel towers are available.
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I'm heading down to Mexico tomorrow for the week.
--Monterrey, Saltillo, and Torreon--
I'm on a ATT/Cingular 7290, what has been the average international roaming charges for data? $6, $10, $20? more?
I suspect leaving wireless on all day would melt my credit card. I was going to turn on the wireless just a few times in the evening to grab my messages, but if it's a hassle I won't.

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Cingular keeps a lot of secrets with respect to the international data roaming, but AT&T was pretty open about it. They have a whole web site devoted to Internation traveling, and it can be found at http://www.attwireless.com/international/index.jsp

Data is not the killer - it is voice that racks up the roaming charges (at lease for me). From their web site, it looks like data can be charged at a rate of $2 / mb; if you are not doing web browsing or using your BB as a modem or IM, then the e-mail will not chew up a lot of data.

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Thanks for the info and links.

Before leaving the office Thursday, I set out-of-office forwarding to my BB. I can't disable it from home or through Outlook2003 webclient. So, I'm going to stop all forwarding of e-mail messages to my handheld through the BWC/BIS and use PIN messages from my wife only. She can forward other stuff if needed.

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Leaving the BlackBerry on for about 4 days nonstop on my last USA visit, netted me approximately $20 roaming charges. I didn't have to turn off my BlackBerry, but I had to stay away from web browsing and instant messaging chat. I did login briefly to instant messaging part-time to chat a little bit, before logging off right after (still cheaper than a long distance call)

I also used a little bit of relay service over MobileSSH (which doesn't use much data -- actually a little less data than AIM relay), to make calls through relay services too.

Assuming your Mexico roaming is similiar at approximately 1 cent a kilobyte, you probably won't get killed even if you leave your BlackBerry on, just make sure you leave wireless synchronization turned off, stay away from web browsing, and only briefly login to instant messaging (and immediately logout after).

Still, it is a good idea to turn off the radio, just in case you accidentally leave software running in the background that uses data...
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Hola!
So far in Saltillo, all I get is intermittent SOS signals, no GPRS. I didn't try Monterrey after we landed. I'll try Torreon tomorrow - No Worky.

My colleague's international cell works just fine (Verizon/Vodaphone) as does his laptop (here).

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