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Old 06-24-2007, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I work local government and get a deal on nextel. I am thinking of breaking down and getting two phones instead of the 7100 on nextel carrying a 2-way phone and a BB on any carrier. What are my options for for a full qwerty bb for data cost? I wouldn't need any minutes on the bb for voice so wondering if ATT or sprint, verizon who is the cheapest to local government data plans? nextel is 40.00 but I get 15% off the total voice data plan.
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Well you need to first make sure that those carriers will provide the coverage yon need where you need it. Don't trust the coverage maps. Talk to friends, family, co-workers etc. Then pick the best one for you.

ATT if you have no voice plan, the unlimited BB personal data plan (BIS) is $34.99. BESS is 44.99 I think. With a qualifying voice plan of 450 minutes, you can reduce the data charge by $5.
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what is BIS?
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I believe the cheapest service provider for data-only BlackBerry use is T-Mobile, check their website for pricing. As for the question of BIS vs BES. BIS is short for "BlackBerry Internet Service" and is when you only plan on using your own personal IMAP/POP accounts and will not be connecting to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server for contact/calendar synchronization. If you do need that functionality (which you wouldn't unless it's for corporate use) you would get the BES plan.
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I believe the cheapest service provider for data-only BlackBerry use is T-Mobile, check their website for pricing. As for the question of BIS vs BES. BIS is short for "BlackBerry Internet Service" and is when you only plan on using your own personal IMAP/POP accounts and will not be connecting to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server for contact/calendar synchronization. If you do need that functionality (which you wouldn't unless it's for corporate use) you would get the BES plan.
that is right. i have it. it's $29.99 for unlimited blackberry email, browsing... and what is absolutely WONDERFUL about T-Mobile...

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Can you get a BlackBerry Data Plan on TMo without having a voice plan with them as well?
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Can you get a BlackBerry Data Plan on TMo without having a voice plan with them as well?
correct. the data plan can be a stand-alone plan ($29.99 for unlimited)
if you have a t-mobile voice plan, the unlimited data plan is $19.99

if t-mobile has good coverage in your area, there is no doubt it's the way to go. having free tethering is also a bonus especially when you travel a lot (like i do) and you dont always have access to wi-fi and you don't want to shell out money to have access to certain wi-fi networks in restaurants, hotels, etc (yup, some hotels charge for wireless these days believe it or not).

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you need to ask whoever buys your phones because no one on here can answer that question with accuracy. As local gov, you may be restricted to certain carriers and they have their own pricing depending on the size of the contract they have with your organization. And I have been IT for local gov for 7 years, so I'm not just giving you a hard time. Good luck!
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