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Old 03-20-2007, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All:

I was looking at the 8700g (T-Mobile) and then at the plans. After selecting a basic plan I went to options and found:

"BlackBerry Unlimited Add-on (Send and receive personal e-mail, plus web access; no corporate e-mail) $19.99/month"

I thought the idea of BlackBerry was that it was great at getting to your work email?

With Cingular it seems you have to pay $45/month to send/rec work email.

Seems like a lot and that some providers don't provide this service??

Thanks in advance,

Gerry
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I am with Cingular and they charge me $29.99/mo(on top of my voice package) for the data package which gives me e-mail and internet access through BIS. If you will be sending alot of text messages, then you should go for the higher plan. That one is like $40, I believe.

My BB is great at getting e-mail from several different accounts (work and personal). The only thing it isn't great at is wirelessly syncing my Outlook folders. But that is only because I'm not using BES.
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The $40 BES plan does not include Text messages. There is a BB Max plan with Cingular (need to ask the CSR) that includes something like 1000 TMs a month. I think it is around $50 a month. Most US providers and many overseas carriers have BB dataplans, but prices do vary, with Verizon being the most expensive and T-Mo is probably the cheapest here in the US.

The BB is probably the best email device out there, but you still have to have some type of dataplan to get to the RIM servers. In the case of a BB, its a BB dataplan. No BB dataplan, no email and no Internet. With other similar devices, the Dash for example, etc. you also need a dataplan of some type.

As for corporate email, if your company allows POP3 access to their Exchange, then you can get the Personal account (BIS). I have 5 different accounts on my BB right now.
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Hello All:

Thanks very much for the answers. Must say this seems expensive!

All I want is to have a cellular ability, plus access to work email and web browsing. And I will usually only need it for 10 weeks in Europe each year. Using foreign SIMs to keep the cost down.

So maybe there is another solution that allows me to accomplish these tasks?

Thanks,

Gerry
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Hello All:

Thanks very much for the answers. Must say this seems expensive!

All I want is to have a cellular ability, plus access to work email and web browsing. And I will usually only need it for 10 weeks in Europe each year. Using foreign SIMs to keep the cost down.

So maybe there is another solution that allows me to accomplish these tasks?

Thanks,

Gerry
I believe that in the UK, for example, O2 do a pay as you go sim for BlackBerry access. However, I have now idea how cost effective this is or whether it has a data cap. You might want to check whether the countries you intend to visit have suitable pay as you go SIMs available. Also, I'm not in the US, but it might be that some carriers have roaming add-ons available that allow you - for a flat rate - to access e-mail abroad.
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