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Old 01-24-2007, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I'm so sorry, but I've done some preliminary searching, and it's taking a while to find the answer; I'm in Curacao in the Carribbean, and I have a BB 8700c on Cingular. I have the $5.99/month international roaming plan which gives a slight discount on minutes, but I don't have the Blackberry Unlimited plan for $64.99.

My wife and I use BB Messenger all the time back home, and were wondering about the cost abroad; text messages I know are 50 cents outgoing from my phone, but the agent at customer service had no idea about BB messenger (I know they don't support it). I called again, and the next agent said it was the same price as texting, but it seems a little off to me (they didn't seem like they had a clue about what I meant when I spoke of instant messaging).

Anyway, does anybody know for sure?

Also, I'm getting emails automatically flowing in on my BB, so should I sign up for that BB Unlimited plan anyway?

Would love some help here; this could get really expensive really quickly.

Thanks,
Justin
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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BBMessenger is just pin messaging/data. You're going to be charged international data rates. I don't know exactly what that is as it varies from country to country ($.xx per kb.) It'll probably be close to the same rates as email. It can add up so be careful.
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You can find specifics on data roaming charges on Cingular's site but IIRC it's typically about $0.0195/KB. Of course, it does depend on where you're located. If my math is correct (and that's dubious) then the break even point with the $0.0195/KB rate and the $64.99 International Blackberry Data Plan is roughly 3.3MB of use/month.

I know my two Blackberries easily exceed that data usage.

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