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Old 09-13-2005, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'll be using my T-Mobile 7100t in France where T-Mobile charges $0.99/min for voice calls and $15/MB for data. I use the Web Client rather than BES. To avoid running up substantial data transfer fees, I'd like to disable the BB email and browsing features and use the device only for voice calls (i.e., so I incur charges only when talking on the phone). According to T-Mobile tech support, the only way to do this is to go into Tools, Settings, Service Book, and delete the CMIME Web Client. To re-enable data services, I have to get to a web browser, log into the web client, and request that a new service book be sent to the device.

Is this the only way to turn off and on the data services? I was hoping for a simpler way to do it, so I could keep the data features disabled most of the time, but occasionally enable them for an hour or so to send or retrieve mail.
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I can't believe they charge you $15 a MB roaming - and I thought I was being ripped off!

If you intend to occassionally pick up email, I don't see why it makes any difference if you pick it up in one go or continuously - the amount of data transfered will be about the same (and you're charged per MB).

I don't believe there's a way to turn off data without loosing the phone at the same time.

You could stop forwarding mail to your BB while you were roaming - go into the web client and turn off 'Forward messages to handheld'. I've never tried using the BB web client from my BB - if it works you could turn this on and off while roaming from your phone.
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I prefer to think of it as 1.5 cents per KB!
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This is the only reason I won't subscribe to data services on T-Mobile. I travel internationally and I'm willing to forego email access on my BB until I return, but there is no switch to turn off the GPRS modem.

I agree, a little at a time or all at once, the throughput charges should be about the same (+/- overhead of constant checking with the former). I want to ignore OTA stuff altogether whilst away and just sync my calendar and such with my laptop. My good old Nokia 6310i has a switch to turn off GPRS, why not my BB? T-Mobile can't even estimate what my charges for the overhead of being connected would be, without receiving any email at all.
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