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Old 10-11-2006, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of getting the 8100, my first smartphone. If I get an unlocked Pearl, can I just use the chip from my Ericsson phone and not subscribe to data service? I'm not really interested in checking email or surfing the web on the phone just yet.

I use T-Mobile.

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Old 10-11-2006, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No BlackBerry data plan = no web or email.
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Old 10-11-2006, 05:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know that.

My question was, can I transfer the T-Mobile chip in my Ericsson phone to the 8100, without adding a data plan for email and web.
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Yes u can
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Old 10-12-2006, 01:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You don't even need an unlocked Pearl since you're using T-Mobile. One that is locked to T-Mobile will work just fine for you and might be able to be found for cheaper.
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Great, thanks!
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.....but no web or email. TZones will not help you.
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Not trying to be difficult, but what is the reason to get a pearl w/no data or email?
There are plenty of phones with better cameras and media abilities....

Just wondering....
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I need street address storage and the ability to take notes, the first of which I don't have on my Ericsson, the second being rather limited.

I might add a data plan later on if I need to access email and web. I don't use T-zones.

I've held off on getting a Palm or Treo, both of which I find too clunky for what I need.

I think the Pearl allows downloads of word documents also, which will be a great plus.
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I need street address storage and the ability to take notes, the first of which I don't have on my Ericsson, the second being rather limited.

I might add a data plan later on if I need to access email and web. I don't use T-zones.

I've held off on getting a Palm or Treo, both of which I find too clunky for what I need.

I think the Pearl allows downloads of word documents also, which will be a great plus.

Don't think you can download tot he Pearl without a data plan. Plus, unless the Pearl is different from other BBs, it doesn't edit word documents very well.
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Not trying to be difficult, but what is the reason to get a pearl w/no data or email?
There are plenty of phones with better cameras and media abilities....

Just wondering....
The Blackberry is plenty useful even without a data plan (though personally, I use BES). It's PIM features aren't the best but for me they're more than sufficient. You can still sync via Desktop Manager/Intellisync to Outlook or other PIM apps. Plus if one does want email or internet access down the road, it's just a matter of adding the data plan and setting things up.

Not everyone has the same needs but thankfully we do have options.
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