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Old 07-04-2006, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In Australia, when I switch on my Blackberry the display shows GSM just over the signal level indicator. This means I can use it as a phone. The GSM then changes to gprs. This means I can use the browser to acess the web. The gprs then changes to GPRS. This means I can use the device to receive Blackberry email from my firms BES server.

Is the above correct?

Is there a list anywhere which shows which countries I can use the BlackBerry BES email service (ie GPRS)?

Most websites talk about GPRS but do they mean gprs?

Fot instance, in Croatia T-Mobile either has or hasn't a GPRS service. 4 Australian phone companies have told me that the Blackberries can work in Croatia as phones but that they can't receive emails from a BES server, but T-Mobile appear to sell Blackberry devices in Croatia! Why, to use just as phones?

Am I making any sense?
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read the manual? GSM means phone service only. gprs means you have a data connection, but not to the Blackberry network. GPRS means you are connected to the Blackberry network. This is all outlined in the manual.
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The capital and lowercase GPRS only applies to Blackberry. When a service provider lists GPRS on their website, they're going to list it in capital letters as a default. You just need to check if they sell Blackberry service on their website.
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read the manual? GSM means phone service only. gprs means you have a data connection, but not to the Blackberry network. GPRS means you are connected to the Blackberry network. This is all outlined in the manual.

Thak you mymitsu3kgt, I just wanted this confirmed.

headtailgrep you make it sound all so easy. I did outline the difference between GSM, gprs and GPRS in my original post (after reading the online manual - there was no manual with my 8700 that explained this). After hours of research on the Net I have only found misleading information about which countries the BlackBerry service is available in. And it's not as easy as looking to see if the carrier sells BlackBerry handsets. T-Mobile is an international carrier, and they sell Blackberries, they even have a picture of one on thier Croatian website, but I'm 85% certain that they dont offer the BlackBerry service in that country while they do in others. 4 Australian phone companies have told me as much, but people in my firm keep pointing to "GPRS" being available on T-Mobile after checking out the T-Mobile website.

I thought the Blackberry website would have a list of countries the service was available in, and which carriers in those countries that offer the service - but they don't. :(
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