Originally Posted by naffo
i am thinking of getting the blackberry 7100i from nextel upgrading from my i95 now. i was wondering if i dont want to pay for the email and web service bc i dont use them can i just get the phone and put my sim card in it?
Then why buy the phone? The email and web are the reasons to move from a "normal" phone to a BB.
But to answer your question, you have to have a data plan to use the email and web, and no, you don't have to have one.
In case you aren't familiar with how the BB works, you can use it with an email address from BB or you can use it to check any SMTP or web enabled account. My corporate email is Exchange. We run Outlook Web Access. The BB checks that flawlessly.
Answering email on the 7100i is not as easy as it is with a traditional BB because it does not have a full QWERTY keyboard. It is, however, more of a normal phone size, which was important to me.