02-20-2008, 03:08 PM
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You need the BlackBerry Data plan for email, or any sort of data transfer on the BlackBerry device.
In fact, Verizon will automatically add the data plan when you activate the BlackBerry. They force it on you.
The BlackBerry is not a PDA, which is what you seem to be looking for.
A BlackBerry is a mobile email device first, with some basic PIM functions for calendar, etc. PIM is not one of the BlackBerry device's strong points.
You can get better PIM functions on a Windows Mobile device or a Palm device and not have to worry about having an expensive data plan tied to your account.