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Old 10-28-2006, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm completely new to Blackberry and have some (probably stupid) questions that I'd like some help on.

I have yet to actually purchase the phone, but I'm looking at the 7130c.

My old phone finally bit the dust a few days ago and the interim phone is driving me batty. I had planned to keep the old one until the need arose for me to get a full blown PDA phone with all the email/internet bells and whistles once I move into the professional world after graduating college. I really have no need for any of that just yet, save for the SMS text messaging that I do on a fairly consistent basis.

So, I was thinking of just purchasing the phone and not activating the Blackberry service options that Cingular currently offers until I need it a few months down the line. I would just want to take the SIM card out of the current piece of junk that is holding it and then put it into the new Blackberry and continue using the same service plan that I am now (which is just a normal contract with text and media net privileges). Would this even work?

Like I said, I'm totally new to this, so any help you can provide would be <i>greatly</i> appreciated.

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Old 10-28-2006, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For the BB to have internet and email, you must purchase a Blackberry Data Plan. The regular GPRS data and media plans will not work on the BB.
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Yes, I'm aware of that.

But if I don't activate any of the internet and email stuff, it'll still function with SMS messaging and as a phone, right?
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes; you should have voice and SMS only.
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Yes; you should have voice and SMS only.
But you could have bought a MUCH cheaper phone for just voice and SMS services. A BB with a data plan is like buying an ipod without using iTunes.
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Old 10-29-2006, 02:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh, I know. I'm totally going to upgrade my service a few months down the line when Im actually going to need it. I need to get a new phone right now, so I figured it would just make sense to buy the phone and upgrade the service when it's needed.

Thanks for your help!
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I was looking at the 7130c with Cingular, too, and stumbled across Amazon's amazing discount so that the 7130c is $0.01. I needed to sign up with the data plan, but the discounted price provided me with the savings that would pay for months of data.
Just search for Blackberry 7130c on Amazon.
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Old 10-29-2006, 04:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Make sure you know what you are getting in the 7130 and that it is what you want. Many people have trouble with SureType.
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