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Old 04-08-2007, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Having the blackberry is great, but I only get 3mb of Data usage a month, excluding the BIS

1. which is great, except if I want to use the blackberry messenger,

how am I going to know how much data Ive used?
is there some kind of data monitor system, as id really like to find out, as the last thing I was is several blackberry contacts and er, the slight issue of every month getting charged twenty pounds extra for going over the monthly usage limit.

2. This whole red sticker thing bothers me somewhat. It sounds like it's way to sensitive, and the last thing I want is a BB going wrong and them not servicing it because they think its been wet, As you might see, I live in the UK. It's not exactly dry here and is prone to heavy moisture, and the odd phone call stuffed under an umbrella. Is there anything I can do to actually stop this indicator going off? Like sticking a bit of tape over it or something?
Or better yet, does anyone know where I can buy this indicator sheet stuff and cut it so that I can replace the sticker?

3. On blackberries own video of the BB8800 it shows a rather nice theme, with, an analogue clock.

Where the heck can I get this theme?

4. Ive got 4 email accounts set up for this phone, but of course that means I now have 5 message box icons, 1 general, and one for each mail account.
This isnt so much of a problem as I've hidden them all aside from the general one, which shows up everything. However its difficult to distinguish which mail came from which account. Has anyone got any hints or tips on this?

Im a new user to blackberry, and would appreciate the advice. So far though, despite the minor bluetooth issues.

Im pleased as punch, and dont think I could ever go back to a regular phone
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#4 - if you want to distinguish which account email comes from, hide general one and unhide 4 message box icons. They were created for the sole purpose of helping with distinguishing which of your accounts got mail.
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My advice is to pay the few extra bucks and get the unlimited BIS.
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My advice is to pay the few extra bucks and get the unlimited BIS.
I agree with this. With basic BB messenging, email and occasional browsing I would break that 3MB barrier every month and then you could be at the mercy of per/kb pricing which is not a place you want to be.

Check with your carrier as they often have deals on the unlimited, even if it is a few $$s off. I think with CW I am getting unlimited data and 1,000 SMS for $40. The unlimited BB data plan with CW can be had for $30 I believe.
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Unlimited is def worth it. You might even save money because there is a good chance you will still go over your bandwidth quota and then you will be charged much more.
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Having the blackberry is great, but I only get 3mb of Data usage a month, excluding the BIS

1. which is great, except if I want to use the blackberry messenger, how am I going to know how much data Ive used?

2. This whole red sticker thing bothers me somewhat.

3. Where the heck can I get this theme?

4. Ive got 4 email accounts set up for this phone, However its difficult to distinguish which mail came from which account. Has anyone got any hints or tips on this?

Im pleased as punch, and dont think I could ever go back to a regular phone

Greetings thelongmile, and Welcome to the Forum!

1.) Since I'm in the USA, I'm not familiar with BlackBerry plans in your area. I would call your provider.

2.) I would not be too concerned about this, just remember a few basics. Keep your phone away from moisture or high humidity whenever possible. Keep it out of the bathroom when taking a shower. When walking out of your house, or workplace into foul weather, keep it in your pocket so it has a chance to change temperature gradually. Do not drop it in, or expose it to liquids.

I have four BlackBerry's that see a lot of use, in all kinds of weather and I've not had a single problem. I also have friends in Canada that live in some pretty wet weather, snow, ice, etc and they have no problems either.

3.) I do not know where to get the theme, however you might want to email RIM to see if such a thing exists.

4.) I also have multiple email accounts. I leave the icons for each one on the start screen. I have them arranged all in a row for easy use. When you "select the mailbox icon", look at the bottom of the display and it will tell you which mailbox it is, and you may then open it to see if the mail you are looking for is in that box.

Please remember that there is no "perfect phone or device" and that while this may take a few minutes, I find the BlackBerry feature of being able to have as many as 10 email accounts all on one device to be more than worth it.

I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your new BlackBerry, the more you use it and learn about it the better it will get!

I certainly had no idea, prior to getting a BlackBerry myself, how much I would enjoy it and how useful they truly are. I have no plans to go back to anything else at all.

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Old 04-08-2007, 07:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thank you all for your comments

archer6: in response to last comment #2, (which i found quite amusing) who would put the thing in liquid anyway?

with regards to mailboxes, fair enough, just wondering, and I will email RIM in the UK to find out. It seemed to be quite a nice theme, I may even make it myself.

In terms of the UK plans, we have only two options on T-mobile uk.

Standard Contract = 3 mb browsing, and 180 pounds to use on texts or minutes (works out around 700 mins and 400 texts per month)
at 30 pounds per month ($58.93 dollars a month)

Then you have two choices. 10 Pounds per month for blackberry internet service,which gives you a 100mb mail allowance with push email, and thats basically it.
costing 10 pounds per month ($19.64 dollars per month)

Or

No push email service or BIS, but pure unlimited GPRS data usage (we dont really have EDGE Here) which is 7.50 a month ($14.73 a month)

however, you cannot have the 8800 with just a data allowance according to them, you dont get push email or any form of email apparently

They seem to consider the BIS and data allowances as separate things.

My Current contract is the 30 pounds per month plus the 10 pounds per month for the BIS which i "had to have". thats 40 pounds per month or the equivalent of $78.57 a month

if I added on the unlimited data that comes to 47.50 GBP or $93.30 Dollars a month

Thats, well, bloody expensive if you ask me.

I dont mind the 3mb browsing allowance data. But from what ive heard (please correct me if I'm wrong) blackberry messenger communicates through pure data usage and not the BIS.

It's a bit of a conundrum, and it's a really odd system they have in place here for it. No Edge Support means I only get GPRS speeds, but this is the UK after all, we only caught onto mobile phones a few years ago.

Can anyone else see my predicament!?

10 pounds a month for BIS and just BIS and anything that goes through BIS which i HAVE to have as I cant set up a plain old pop3 mailbox retrieval and defeats the point of having a blackberry

or 7.50 a month and not get my email, but unlimited data

crazy huh!
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Can anyone else see my predicament!? crazy huh!
Wow! That is crazy, I had no idea the plans in your area where so expensive that really is a predicament. I pay $30.00 US for unlimited internet access & email usage, we are lucky to enjoy a low price.

Regarding my water comment, I agree with you and yet it never ceases to surprise me how sometimes one must state the obvious. I'm so used to dealing with people at all levels of intelligence that sometimes I must remember in forums like this, generally the members already know the obvious.

I hope you can find an affordable way to continue to enjoy your BlackBerry!

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Yep sorry for my reply, I did not notice you are on the other side of the pond. I have a friend in England and his BB cost are out very high in comparison to the USA.
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no no dont apologise, its a predominantly american forum.

its probably why blackberry isnt so popular here, the mobile phone revolution only really started out here about 6 or 7 years ago, and the four major networks want a tonne of cash to pay for everything... maybe theres a specific blackberry package, but its a pig sometimes.
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thelongmile, let me ask you something. Does your blackberry have a blackberry browser and a wap browser (usually with tagged name of your carrier)???
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The only browser I have is tagged with t-mobiles web n walk logo, and allows regular internet access.
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