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Old 05-01-2006, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i am currently with rogers using an 8700c and constantly go way over their stupid 25mb limit. i am wanting to switch to bell and use the 7130 with evdo. my concerns are:

-can i keep my cellphone #?

-will bell charge me extra if i use the bb as internet for the laptop (the $60 unlimited plan says u pay extra, but $100 says you do not, im wondering how would they know) ??

- and what can i expect from evdo coverage? i am in waterloo right near rim but from what i see on the coverage maps evdo is only in the major cities

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Old 05-02-2006, 07:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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no you can't keep your cell #

Not sure about your second question

EVDO coverage is very spotty. There is only Ontario coverage in Toronto at present. Nothing in Ottawa, London, K-W, etc
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I made the move as did my company. I finally got fed up like you with Robbers. Unfortunately no you can't keep your no. as wireless portability isn't here yet (Canada) I wouldn't be shocked if Robbers was fighting it to? EV-DO is simply unreal EDGE can't even come close to the speeds of my 7250. As for your plan I'd give them a call but the fine print on my unlimited $60 states anything in excess or 500MB is considered abuse unlike the 25MB BS Robbers offers. From what I understand the EV-DO PRL updates went out May 1/06 so I'd expect to see cross Canada coverage very soon.
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For EVDO in waterloo, i don't think you will have it
I just checked the map

only Toronto for now
http://www.telusmobility.com/on/coverage/1x_home.shtml

to roofus : there is now EVDO coverage in Ottawa (by TELUS, i don't know if there is a roaming agreement with Bell on that one)



Might wanna check with TELUS, they also have EVDO and no extra charge for thetering
http://www.telusmobility.com/on/pcs/...ry_7130e.shtml
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We use nothing but the Telus service here at it ROCKS. Our main HQ is in Whitby Ontario with salemen spreading out all over the country side, they use the EV-DO on their notebooks to show potential buyers and sellers how our product works.

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-can i keep my cellphone #?
No, unfortunately, wireless number portability will not be in place across Canada until the summer of 2007.

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-will bell charge me extra if i use the bb as internet for the laptop (the $60 unlimited plan says u pay extra, but $100 says you do not, im wondering how would they know) ??
Yes, tethered data and handeld data usage are billed separately. Have a look at this Website for a breakdown of the current billing: http://www.businessonthego1.com/engl...blackberry.asp

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Waterloo does not currently have EvDO coverage. You will still be able to tether but your speeds will be in the range of 40kbps-60kbps.
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If you want to tether you'll need the $100 data plan from Bell. The $60 won't allow you to tether. If I didn't travel so much I wouldn't be with Rogers right now as I always exceed my 25Mb but GSM is better for me as I travel overseas so often.
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If you want to tether you'll need the $100 data plan from Bell. The $60 won't allow you to tether. If I didn't travel so much I wouldn't be with Rogers right now as I always exceed my 25Mb but GSM is better for me as I travel overseas so often.
well thats a concern now too ... i do go abroad quite a bit and seriously cant make up my mind anymore. the 25meg cap is absolutely not doable for me, however i need to use my phone outside of north america ... this is just horrible
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For outside of North America, you could use Roadpost (www.roadpost.ca) which can loan you a GSM BB when you travel.

(or any other rental BB company, i just know this one)

I would ask myself if going over the 25 meg cap cost more than renting a BB a few times ? Well, you can do the math..
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The $60 won't allow you to tether.
Tethering will work fine with the $60 data feature; however, tethered data is charged at $6/MB.
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For outside of North America, you could use Roadpost (www.roadpost.ca) which can loan you a GSM BB when you travel.

(or any other rental BB company, i just know this one)

I would ask myself if going over the 25 meg cap cost more than renting a BB a few times ? Well, you can do the math..

I'd rather not. I prefer the speeds of my 8700 compared to the 7230... plus with the rental, delivery and per day over the standard week rental it works out to about the same for me personally so it is what it is and I'll have to deal with it.
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I'd rather not. I prefer the speeds of my 8700 compared to the 7230... plus with the rental, delivery and per day over the standard week rental it works out to about the same for me personally so it is what it is and I'll have to deal with it.
If you travel that much, why not sign up with a U.S. provider like Cingular where the BB rates are a lot more attractive and get international roaming included and still be able to use your GSM device outside of NA?
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If you travel that much, why not sign up with a U.S. provider like Cingular where the BB rates are a lot more attractive and get international roaming included and still be able to use your GSM device outside of NA?

I already have an active Cingular line for voice as I am often in the US. It's through our US office. I may just ask them to add data to it and grab an unlocked 8700c as my 8700r is still locked and apparently the 2 places I took it to for unlocking couldn't unlock it. They said they've had about 30% success with the 8700r. I may just buy the 8700c very soon. We'll see what happens.
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I already have an active Cingular line for voice as I am often in the US. It's through our US office. I may just ask them to add data to it and grab an unlocked 8700c as my 8700r is still locked and apparently the 2 places I took it to for unlocking couldn't unlock it. They said they've had about 30% success with the 8700r. I may just buy the 8700c very soon. We'll see what happens.
If you do add data, make sure that they add International Roaming as well so that you don't have to pay for roaming data charges when you are in Canada. I think it's an extra $15 on top of the BB Unlimited plan if I'm correct.
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