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Old 04-12-2007, 04:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I work on a cruise ship so I'm away from home anywhere from 5-10 months at a time. I currently have the 8700G but am looking to upgrade to the 8800/8300. My question is about wifi. If I have a wifi phone does that mean I can just plug it into a computer and get online if I have service? I need a phone where I can do email, IM and internet.

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Old 04-12-2007, 07:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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WiFi means it can access a wireless network, much like a laptop can access a wireless network. I do not think a wireless phone can be used to tether a laptop to a WiFi network however.

If the wireless connection is free, you are good to go. If not then you will still have to pay for the hotspot.
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Why wouldn't you just connect the laptop to a WiFi network directly?

Any BB can do email, IM and internet. You need to select your carrier first and then determine your keyboard preference. At that stage you're down to 1 or 2 models. You can compare devices at Blackberry.com if you want to further refine based on features at that point.
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I'm not up to par with the 8800 as I don't have one, but my recommendation is to make sure it's unlocked if you travel abroad as well on your cruises.
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I always wondered, how do you get cell service, other than dedicated satellite or something of that sort on a cruise ship?
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I always wondered, how do you get cell service, other than dedicated satellite or something of that sort on a cruise ship?
Some of the ships have cingular towers on them (they charge alot) but when your close to land you get service. My last contract I was on a ship doing hawaii cruises so we were always close to land.
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