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Old 02-16-2006, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All.

I am really in a bind right now.

I am trying to figure out what to do about getting a blackberry.

I am really looking into the BES senario, but the extra $25.00 tacked onto the $50 unlimited data fee is pretty darn stiff.

If I got the Blackberry for now, without the BES (Just BIS) what is it that I will be missing out on? I understand that I won't be able to wirelessly sync with my computer, and that there is a chance I will get slapped with fees from Cingular, but what would cause that?

What type of programs would I need to steer clear from?

What type of programs will I be okay with getting?

I do know for sure I will want a bible program, and a program that gives me the option to choose a "send from" address. Will either of those put me in a position to get fee's added?

I do plan on adding BES later on, but I just cannot afford it right now.

I am to the point where I am having to research Treo's. I am at Sprint right now with my cell phone, and don't plan on leaving the cell phone side. If I got a treo I would not have to pay anything extra really. Unless I wanted a "push" email feature from some "good" company which costs $50 bucks a month. Either way, at this point the Treo comes out cheaper, but I don't want to give up on the blackberry, and if I can't figure out what will give me the chance of getting fees added to me, I may not be able to get one :(
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You're pretty much right about what you will not have by going with the non-BES version. No wireless sync, and who knows what Cingular is going to charge for data. I am using one in this mode, and I receive email from several different accounts.

One problem that bugs me is that when I delete a message on my Blackberry it doesn't get deleted from the original email account. I have to read/delete it on both my Blackberry and on my real email account. You also have to be sure to plug up occasionally to sync the PIM type information (calendar, contacts, etc).

As for apps that you should stay away from... Generally, anything that connects back to the internet from your Blackberry is in kind of a gray area when it comes to Cingular. I use several apps, and have never been charged for any data outside of my unlimited plan. Other people use the same apps and have been charged.

What I would recommend (and this is not a good solution) is that when you install an app that does an internet connection, use it lightly for the first month to be sure you are not going to be charged. I don't have a Bible app on mine, but if they actually load the text to the device at install time (as opposed to reading it from the internet when you do a search) you should not be charged.

Also, there is a new version of the BIS software that Cingular is supposed to be implementing some time soon. It will fixed the problem where you have to read/delete messages in two places (I think). The expected date is "spring", but I haven't heard an update from them in some time.

I hope this helps!
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You're pretty much right about what you will not have by going with the non-BES version. No wireless sync, and who knows what Cingular is going to charge for data. I am using one in this mode, and I receive email from several different accounts.

One problem that bugs me is that when I delete a message on my Blackberry it doesn't get deleted from the original email account. I have to read/delete it on both my Blackberry and on my real email account. You also have to be sure to plug up occasionally to sync the PIM type information (calendar, contacts, etc).

As for apps that you should stay away from... Generally, anything that connects back to the internet from your Blackberry is in kind of a gray area when it comes to Cingular. I use several apps, and have never been charged for any data outside of my unlimited plan. Other people use the same apps and have been charged.

What I would recommend (and this is not a good solution) is that when you install an app that does an internet connection, use it lightly for the first month to be sure you are not going to be charged. I don't have a Bible app on mine, but if they actually load the text to the device at install time (as opposed to reading it from the internet when you do a search) you should not be charged.

Also, there is a new version of the BIS software that Cingular is supposed to be implementing some time soon. It will fixed the problem where you have to read/delete messages in two places (I think). The expected date is "spring", but I haven't heard an update from them in some time.

I hope this helps!
I'm on Cingular Orange and have BBSpell, Pocketday, Repligo, Google Local, Berry411 and a couple of others and I have yet to incur any extra data charges over my unlimted BB plan.
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