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Old 09-28-2006, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After searching the forum archives there doesn't appear to be a good thread about this subject: I'm a US-based Indian who visits home each year, with a short stop in Singapore. I have a Blackberry 8700g from T-mobile which I obtained recently, and wish to use it at home (primarily Delhi, but perhaps Mumbai and Kerala too). My primary usage will be data/email/SMSes, and quite likely no voice use at all.

What would be the best course of action ? Should I use the $20 Tmobile international plan ? It appears though that this plan does not support unlimited data, and if that is the case, it would not really be ideal (though I could stick to SMS use only, instead of IM /email/web tools). Should I get the BB unlocked and use an Airtel service ? I have not been able to find details about Airtel's BB data plans at all. And what option would work for a 1-2 day halt in Singapore, when I wish to use the BB to get in touch with friends whom I want to meet ? Is there a very short term local plan, or would the Tmobile international plan be the only viable option in this situation ? This is a situation that quite a few NRIs might encounter on their usual trips home and stopovers en route.
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Better Upgrade to $19.99 Blackberry Unlimited International

If I were you, I would keep a current T-Mobile Plan and add Blackberry Unlimited International E-Mail Plan. No needs to spend too much money on unlocked Airtel. Good news is that Singapore and India do have GPRS (Data Network). My understanding is that if you use Unlimited International E-Mail Plan and it won't also charge you using a web browsing & IM.

Save your time from unlocking your BB to a different service provider. Here is a further information on T-Mobile International.

International wireless roaming: international cellular calling coverage

http://www.blackberryforums.com/gene...onal-data.html
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Old 09-29-2006, 02:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Make sure you ask T-Mo to add the unlimited Data international for 19.99 and then you should have access to data. Only thing though in India we only have GPRS connection in certain cities and certain parts so you might be out of luck. I know Airtel has good connection and it is only available thru them and I beleive T-mo contract with Airtel for data.
Good luck and post your exp on this. I will be visting to north next month so would like to know if it really works or not.
last time (2 yrs ago ) it did not work on T-Mo.
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Thanks for the responses and sorry for the delay in responding; due to a change of plans I won't be traveling until late in December, so I'm afraid I'll only be able to post my experience early next year. It does appear that T-mobile international plan might be the chosen option, though there was a news item yesterday stating that Airtel's exclusive deal with RIM is ending and that Reliance (CDMA) and Hutch (GSM?) will offer Blackberries and plans shortly.
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as a side question, how do you figure out if your travel adapters will work in the countries you are traveling to? For example, i have a client who will be traveling to parts of china, india and south africa.
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Please help me out. It has been more than months i am not able to browse internet on my Blackberry 7105t.

My brother in US has sent me a Blackberry 7105t from TMobile. I am in india delhi. I am able to use my airtel number on this handset but not able to use gprs/internet on it. I have already subscribed to the gprs service and able to use internet on nokia models but not on this BB 710t. I had heard somewhere that It needs to be unclocked to be able to use the BB bought from TMobile. But I think it has already been unlocked as the airtel number is workin perfectly on my BB 7105t. Any suggestions. Pl. provide some help. I would be very greatful to you. Wainting for an immediate reply. You can send me a mail also at: PAMY007-AT-GMAIL.COM.

PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME OUT. DESPRATE TO USE INTERNET ON MY BB

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Old 03-21-2007, 09:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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as a side question, how do you figure out if your travel adapters will work in the countries you are traveling to? For example, i have a client who will be traveling to parts of china, india and south africa.
Presuming you mean electrical plug adapters?
try here
(w w w .) kropla.com/electric2.htm

I travel a bit and to be honest never check before i go anywhere. I bought a universal adaptor on a plane and its worked pretty much everywhere. Most portable electronics are 110v through 240v nowadays so as long as you can plug it in you are laughing.

I charge things like my ipod through my usb connector too, i think you can do this with BBs if you have the desktop software installed.
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I have travelled to India several times. I always take my Cingular BB (8700, Pearl) with a Cingular international data plan. The data network in India is very good, if not better than here. I always used this as an excuse to get Cingular to unlock my phone, but never had to pop in a local SIM.
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My brother in US has sent me a Blackberry 7105t from TMobile. I am in india delhi. I am able to use my airtel number on this handset but not able to use gprs/internet on it. I have already subscribed to the gprs service and able to use internet on nokia models but not on this BB 710t. I had heard somewhere that It needs to be unclocked to be able to use the BB bought from TMobile. But I think it has already been unlocked as the airtel number is workin perfectly on my BB 7105t.
You will need a blackberry data plan (not the regular GPRS one). All the traffic has to go through RIM's server. No BB plan, all you can do is phone and SMS, not even MMS.

Not sure about which carrier in India has BB plan.
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I bought a universal adaptor on a plane and its worked pretty much everywhere. Most portable electronics are 110v through 240v nowadays so as long as you can plug it in you are laughing.
The universal adaptes are really nice. I've used Kensington's and highly recommend it. I believe that Fuji's is identical. Definitely check the voltages on your adapters/devices to make sure that you don't need a voltage converter though.
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