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Old 02-27-2007, 11:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to purchase a Blackberry simply for email and web browsing.

It's not for business, but I have a lot of friends that I communicate with on a regular basis and it would be helpful.

What price plans for the UK would you recommend? I don't need a voice package as I will continue to use my regular mobile phone for this.

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Old 02-28-2007, 05:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi James,

I'm in the same boat as you as I'm looking to change my Treo for a Pearl, although unlike you I want to have voice and e-mail in one device. After trawling the networks' sites it looks like there is often a dearth of information and the plans available aren't that attractive. For example:

Vodafone: 15 p/m incl. 6MB e-mail data
Orange: 17 p/m incl. 6MB data (and 25 texts) or e-mail & voice at 14 p/m + the voice tariff

Orange just list a "data allowance". Wishful thinking would be that this is for just the extra downloads of attachments etc., but nothing is specified so I assume this is to cover everything.

I know that BB has much tighter compression compared to how I use IMAP on my Treo at the moment, but I often use more than 6MB at the moment and that's with just using e-mail perhaps every three days on average for an hour or so at a time!!! Therefore I would think that the 6MB limit would defeat the object of BlackBerry and I'd have to have it turned off most of the time for fear of receiving a massive bill for going over the limit!

I would be really grateful if someone in the UK who does use BlackBerry (in particular on Orange) with BIS could tell us what tariff they're on and how they manage Any advice much appreciated!

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An addition to the above: T-Mobile seem to have relatively attractive data plans. FlexT + Web 'n' Walk 35 at 42.50 p/m might suit me with it's unlimited data might suit me. However, I'd prefer to stay with Orange as, not least, T-Mobile reception is pants in a number of places I visit! Not sure if there is an extra change to get BIS with T-Mobile and I'm assuming the unlimited usage covers BIS usage, but of course the site doesn't tell you for certain

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Be careful and specific. When asking the customer services guys for pricing the you need to specify that you want the pricing for connection to the "Blackberry Internet Service" or BIS for short. Generally unlimited internet usage does not include BIS.

On VF or O2 then BIS costs an additional 12-13 per month on top of standard voice usage, but then you don't pay per MB downloaded. A sim/device that's enabled for GPRS won't work on BIS unless it's specifcially connected to the correct tariff.

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Be careful and specific. When asking the customer services guys for pricing the you need to specify that you want the pricing for connection to the "Blackberry Internet Service" or BIS for short. Generally unlimited internet usage does not include BIS.

On VF or O2 then BIS costs an additional 12-13 per month on top of standard voice usage, but then you don't pay per MB downloaded. A sim/device that's enabled for GPRS won't work on BIS unless it's specifcially connected to the correct tariff.

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Hi James

I got a Blackberry 8700g on t-mobile UK, and my partner got a pearl again on t-mobile UK.

The plan is very good, it's Flext 35 + Web 'n' Walk, essentially, it gives you 180GBP worth of credit for calls, texts, mms and unlimited web browsing from your device.

You also need the blackberry plan for 5.00 per month, so in total, it costs 40 per month, for 180GBP worth of calls, texts and MMS, free customer services, voicemail comes out of your calling credit. Unlimited emails along with unlimited internet from the blackberry.

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Hi James

I got a Blackberry 8700g on t-mobile UK, and my partner got a pearl again on t-mobile UK.

The plan is very good, it's Flext 35 + Web 'n' Walk, essentially, it gives you 180GBP worth of credit for calls, texts, mms and unlimited web browsing from your device.

You also need the blackberry plan for 5.00 per month, so in total, it costs 40 per month, for 180GBP worth of calls, texts and MMS, free customer services, voicemail comes out of your calling credit. Unlimited emails along with unlimited internet from the blackberry.

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Hi Joe,

Are T-Mobile up to date on the version of BIS that they are using do you know?

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Hi, sorry for the delay, been v v v busy!

T-Mobile are using BIS 2, the one you can't read and write your emails from the website, only the blackberry.

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chaps,

i'm on vodafone, my plan is anytime 275 (500 Texts) @ 35.00 and the Vodafone email (which includes any email downloads) is 8.51 + VAT.

the limit is 6mb and 2.50 per mb thereafter.

this is my first month, i have 2 email addresses and a redirect for my work address.

i assume blackberry messenger is included in the data usage?

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