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Old 11-24-2007, 01:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so im interested in buying the 8820 but i am with us cellular so i was looking into buying an unlocked one so my question is does anyone know if i can still use the wifi and gps with just a normal plan or even without a plan? thanks
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You need a data plan to use any of the mapping applications.

However, here's the big catch....the 8820 is a GSM device and US Cellular is CDMA. It won't work at all. I would look for an 8830 from Sprint or get an 8830 from US Cellular.
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alright thanks, i was just interested in the phone because of the wifi and thought i could get internet without paying extra per month.
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alright thanks, i was just interested in the phone because of the wifi and thought i could get internet without paying extra per month.
burchboy, I don't know your situation but I own a small consulting firm in Canada and as such I have to not only pay my own phone/data bills, but also pay egregious data rates due to the telco situation up here. Even though I've only had the 8820 for a week I can see how it will already drastically change the way I use a smartphone.

There are hotspots in my home, my office, my clients' offices and many others nearby in downtown Toronto, so I'm almost always logged into a hotspot. It's amazing how much more useful the device becomes when you're not constantly thinking about minutes and megabytes!

For example, our company uses the Google suite of tools (mail, docs, calendar, contacts etc.) which are mobile-optimized and easily accessible through the Wi-Fi browser. Up here a data plan with only 7 megabytes costs $75 a month (with overage costing $5 per meg, good ol' Rogers), so we traditionally don't waste megs on web surfing or integrating with our Google services. Yesterday however I was on Wi-Fi all day long and must have sent/received over 10 megs of data between Google docs, instant messaging and web research, all of which I would normally do from a laptop but was able to do in a client's conference room, while taking a 10 minute coffee break, and down the street over lunch among other places. The Wi-Fi not only saved me a fortune in data charges in a single day, but allowed me to get perhaps an extra 30 minutes of work done by allowing me to take the show on the road without having to worry about pinching pennies.

The only caution I would give is that the 8820 is definitely an "early adopter" device at this stage, since many popular apps will need to be rewritten to take advantage of Wi-Fi, and some of the truly huge gains to be made by using Wi-Fi (like flat-rate VoIP from your BB) just aren't there yet. However if you're like us and use a lot of online (not application-based) services, check to see how mobile-friendly they are as you might be able to reap a lot of the benefits of a Wi-Fi connection today. It's so compelling I personally wouldn't hesitate to switch my entire office over to the local EDGE provider if I had to.

Best of luck!
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