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Old 09-17-2006, 02:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I travel quite a bit of international per month. I have the BlackBerry 7290 with T-Mobile... $30 for internet/email plus $20 for unlimited international email. So $50 total.

Question...

Should I switch to Cingular and do their Unlimited International Data plan?

Is there any way to tether (hook up) a BlackBerry to my laptop while international? THAT IS THE BIG QUESTION! (maybe the new 8700 allows tethering)

What I want is the cheapest international data/email, with laptop tethering capability.

Let's discuss the options.
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Old 09-17-2006, 04:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is what I saw on the Cingular website...

BlackBerry® International $69.99 per month**
Use your BlackBerry device to send and receive unlimited e-mail in the U.S. and around the world in over 100 countries. Call 1-866-CINGULAR to sign up now.

Is that $70 total?... or a $70 add-on fee, on top of what you would normally pay for domestic USA BlackBerry service?



Either way, I can get T-Mobile unlimited international email/data for $50 total. So it seems that T-Mobile already has Cingular beat on price.
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This is what I saw on the Cingular website...

BlackBerry® International $69.99 per month**
Use your BlackBerry device to send and receive unlimited e-mail in the U.S. and around the world in over 100 countries. Call 1-866-CINGULAR to sign up now.

Is that $70 total?... or a $70 add-on fee, on top of what you would normally pay for domestic USA BlackBerry service?



Either way, I can get T-Mobile unlimited international email/data for $50 total. So it seems that T-Mobile already has Cingular beat on price.
Cingular's BB International plan is NOT an add-on to the domestic plan. You just pay $70 and you get unlimited BB use both domestically and internationally.
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How is your domestic coverage? My company switched our international travellers from T-Mobile to Cingular because of poor T-Mobile coverage within the USA.
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We're stuck with Cingular here in Raleigh. The unlimited interational/US data plan is 64.99 if you already have a voice plan with Cingular. However, Cingular CS is so poor that getting a BES hosting service is a must (unless you enjoy getting Cingular to recompute your bill once a month).

So, the bottom line is

Voice plan + 64.99 for data + 20.00 for BES

The other (and really important) issue is how the voice coverage is where you live. If one of the two gets a better signal in your home/office, that's the one to go with.
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We're stuck with Cingular here in Raleigh. The unlimited interational/US data plan is 64.99 if you already have a voice plan with Cingular. However, Cingular CS is so poor that getting a BES hosting service is a must (unless you enjoy getting Cingular to recompute your bill once a month).

So, the bottom line is

Voice plan + 64.99 for data + 20.00 for BES

The other (and really important) issue is how the voice coverage is where you live. If one of the two gets a better signal in your home/office, that's the one to go with.
Why would you need to pay extra for BES hosting if your company hosts its own BES server?
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What I want is the cheapest international data/email, with laptop tethering capability.
Unless you need to switch to Cingular for domestic coverage, I'd recommend sticking with TMO if you want to tether.

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However, Cingular CS is so poor that getting a BES hosting service is a must (unless you enjoy getting Cingular to recompute your bill once a month).
What exactly do you mean? BES isn't necessary for everyone and you're not going to be able to avoid dealing with Cingular just because you have hosted BES.
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