04-20-2007, 05:15 AM
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I've had my 8100 all of 3 days, so I may get some of this wrong, but here ya go:
Service Books are simply the links from your email addresses to your BB. You indicate that you want to check a couple of email accounts, so you would have to set those accounts up with your Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) so that they get pushed to the BB. Your service provider should have given you a website to go to in order to set this service up. Gmail accounts work beautifully with these phones.
A PIN is the unique ID number that every BB device has. Its on the box your phone came in, and also on your phone under Options--Status.
You can't use the Blackberry end of the phone without a data plan, I don't think. If you don't want to pay the extra money for the media service, you basically paid for a gadget you don't intend to use.
Your phone is "locked down" because it sounds like you don't have a data plan, so none of those features associated with the wireless internet are available. You have a regular cellphone at the moment.
You didn't specify your wireless carrier, so I can't be sure what your plan offers. I am with Cingular/AT&T, they do not offer any phones that can browse internet/check email without purchasing the separate data plans.
That being said, if you don't want to pay for a data plan, you won't be able to use the phone's best advantages.
Welcome to the forums, I hope this helped.