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Old 05-31-2005, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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but is it possible, with the way the blackberry is designed for push email, to use the blackberry without web service, and without it costing a million dollars? i.e. as a great phone, a PIM, and a great phone for text messaging?
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Don't sign up for data plans.
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so if I don't sign up for a data plan I don't have to worry about the push email connecting automatically etc?
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If you don't sign for a data plan... then the carrier will actually prevent your BlackBerry from attaining a data signal.
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ah,perfecto Thank you!
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just called verizon to verify, rep said, I HAD to have a data plan with a BB, and no other way, for some reason I don't believe it, but...I have no reason not to I guess?
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just called verizon to verify, rep said, I HAD to have a data plan with a BB, and no other way, for some reason I don't believe it, but...I have no reason not to I guess?
I was told by Nextel that the 7520's are expensive that in order to get their money back you had to have a data plan, otherwise the device will not work... of course what salesman doesn't lie? j/k
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well, I like the unlimited data plan for unlimited AIM, which I use ALOT, and I get maybe 5 emails a day, and google and mapquest, but the other night when i tried mapquest verizons server constantly gave me an error and said to try again, BUT I needed a MAP then, and Berry411 wouldn't work, so I got very frustrated. I never could get map quest to work, or Berry411 for that matter.

Every time I typed something in, it would come up with no results found google news 5/15, or something like that.
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sounds like a load of bull to me. Maybe you should speak to a CSM. If it is still not possible, subscribe to the lowest data plan possible. then DO NOT register your handheld on your webclient address site. in order to recieve emails via your address (similar to : [email address]) you must have entered your pin and IMIE number. if you have not, then you will not receive emails. also, do not access the internet via your browser
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I sold a friend of mine a 6510 and she wanted just the phone and contact list, no email, no internet or anything she put her sim card in from a i2000 and she was off to the races. First bill no problem, second bill she had unlimited plan added to her account with out her knowledge. She called Nextel and they said there is no way to have a Blackberry on Nextel with out a Data plan. So she kept it and three weeks ago she upgraded to a 7520 and the rest is history.
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I know those that are using the Blackberry's on the standard GSM/GPRS networks can swap their SIM cards, and just have voice and a standard data plan.
I sold my 7280 on eBay, and the buyer used it for voice and SMS initially.
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yes on gsm and gprs systems they can but nextel is IDEN and very anal about what is used on their system.
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What happens with most of the carriers is that if your BlackBerry starts to do some kind of data network stuff and gets itself registered, the carrier network is programmed to set you up on a basic plan and start billing you.
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Old 06-01-2005, 12:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Nextel in particular is auditing users phones to see if they are blackberry or not and then "adjusting" the plan. I smell class action lawsuit - carrier forcing you to use data plan that you don't want. If you purchased your phone outright and only want to subscribe to the service you want I don't see this lasting too long. Now if you buy a BB bundled then I can see the carrier forcing the issue.
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Old 06-01-2005, 01:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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so I should be able to get verizon to activate it without a data plan then? I can't see them FORCING me to do it either. And eventually I am sure I would add it, but for the time being I don't think I NEED it.
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