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Old 09-12-2006, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I don't currently have a blackberry but am planning on getting one. The prioblem is I am planning on spending the next 6 months in Canada and then back to the UK.

In Canada it seems the only GSM provider that offers blackberry service requires a 2 year contract. If I go on the CDMA networks then I have to pay masses for a blackberry that is useless to me later.

So, I found that O2 in the UK has a plan for which you get unlmited email/data for 25/month and then 20 for unlimited interntional data.

Has anyone used this plan for an extended period abroad?
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See if you can find yourself an unlocked BB 8700r/c/g or 7290 that way you can sign up for a month to month contract on Rogers while visiting this side on the pond. You can then pop your O2 SIM in when you return to the UK. I have a client in the UK with offices in Canada and US and he does what I've mentioned.
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In Canada it seems the only GSM provider that offers blackberry service requires a 2 year contract.


That's not true. You can actually get BlackBerry service through Rogers Wireless on a month to month basis with no contract. If I am not mistaken their combined BlackBerry voice and data package's require a contract but Rogers does have voice plans and BlackBerry data plans that are on a month to month basis.
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Right. Just make sure your blackbery is unlocked before you come. As long as you have an Address to bill to, ROgers should allow you on their network month to month. The address likely has to be a Canadian billing address.

However, if o2 will offer the unlimited data plan, make sure it has no catches (time restrictions, etc) and if it loosk good.. use it.. you'd be silly not to. The Rogers price is about $60/month (CDN) (25) for 25 megs of data. $100/month (45) for 200 megs of data. Roaming within canada is free, roaming to the USA is $.01/KB ($10/mb)

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That's not true. You can actually get BlackBerry service through Rogers Wireless on a month to month basis with no contract. If I am not mistaken their combined BlackBerry voice and data package's require a contract but Rogers does have voice plans and BlackBerry data plans that are on a month to month basis.
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BlackBerry Plans are available on a 1, 2 or 3 year service agreements only.
*The $25 BlackBerry Service Plan is only available as an add-on to a Rogers Wireless Voice plan subscription.
If there is some way round this, then getting blackberry from rogers makes sense. I will want voice as well anyway, but was planning on just getting another month to month contract for that and using my Motorola Razr from the UK as well.

I did oringally provide the URL for this from rogers website, but am not allowed to post URLs yet it seems.
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The perfect plan for me would be this:

$90 25 MB*
($7/MB overage) 350 Weekday + Unlimited Evenings & Weekends 20 800+ e-mails per day

but:

BlackBerry Voice & E-mail Packages are available on 2 or 3 year service agreements only.
Evenings are from 8 pm to 8 am Monday to Friday and Weekends are from 8 pm Friday to 8 am Monday.


I don't get why they do this. The phone is rediculously overpriced ($550CDN) so there is no phone subsidy being paid out, so why do they shoot themselves in the foot by making you sign up to stupid contracts?
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I don't get why they do this. The phone is rediculously overpriced ($550CDN) so there is no phone subsidy being paid out, so why do they shoot themselves in the foot by making you sign up to stupid contracts?
Hopefuly the reason is so that they can trade with the Bosox for Manny Ramirez. Yes, your Rogers phone is subsidising the Blue Jays. That's why Ted gets my money without complaint.
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Nitty, any thoughts on the month to month plan or where I can find info?

Seems the o2 plan may be limited to 5MB. Very very hard to find this out and very misleading if it is but a service rep said it was. Nothing on their website at all that provides this information.
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