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Old 07-08-2007, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all. This is my first post to this forum. I travel between 1-2wk/month to the UK. I'm currently on Sprint using a Treo 650. Since it doesn't work overseas, I have cheapy UK Virgin phone I use just for calls + texting. For emails, I have to rely on the laptop. Well, my contract is over and want to get either the 8830 or 8800 (pending carrier) and consolidate phones. My questions are:

* if overseas with the 8830 and SIM card, will I still get my emails etc (e.g., just like if I was in NYC) or will I be stuck with basically just local phone/text usage, local # and no contacts - basically like having my other Virgin phone. Obviously, if I have a TMobile/AT&T phone, it would work like normal in the UK. But it would be great to have get local rates but still have the blackberry function just like back @home.
* If I switch carriers, who has overall better service in the NYC area - TMobile or AT&T? If asked friends on both and get mixed responses.

Thanks a lot!
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you purchase a SIM with local BB service, then it will work like normal. Vodafone, O2, Orange, and BT all offer BlackBerry service. Only O2 offers a prepaid BB option though. Conversely, you can acquire a SIM from Sprint and it will work like normal.
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Hi all. This is my first post to this forum. I travel between 1-2wk/month to the UK. I'm currently on Sprint using a Treo 650. Since it doesn't work overseas, I have cheapy UK Virgin phone I use just for calls + texting. For emails, I have to rely on the laptop. Well, my contract is over and want to get either the 8830 or 8800 (pending carrier) and consolidate phones. My questions are:

* if overseas with the 8830 and SIM card, will I still get my emails etc (e.g., just like if I was in NYC) or will I be stuck with basically just local phone/text usage, local # and no contacts - basically like having my other Virgin phone. Obviously, if I have a TMobile/AT&T phone, it would work like normal in the UK. But it would be great to have get local rates but still have the blackberry function just like back @home.
I just got my Sprint 8830 ... it is great!

Yes; in the UK with it, you will get all of your email as if you were in the US. If you choose to, you will also get all of your calls to your phone number ... again - just as if you were home. If you are a heavy phone user while abroad, the Sprint 8830 can also take a Vodaphone/O2/T-Mobile SIM in the UK (but you'd obviously then have a different phone number while using their SIM).

For AT&T or T-Mobile, to use a Vodaphone/O2 etc SIM, you'd have to get the phone unlocked. I think TMO requires 90 days as a subscriber before they'll unlock a phone ... AT&T is harder to get them to do it. Verizon won't unlock their 8830 at all, you must use Vodaphone and the rates VZ negotiated.

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Hi all. This is my first post to this forum. I travel between 1-2wk/month to the UK. I'm currently on Sprint using a Treo 650. Since it doesn't work overseas, I have cheapy UK Virgin phone I use just for calls + texting. For emails, I have to rely on the laptop. Well, my contract is over and want to get either the 8830 or 8800 (pending carrier) and consolidate phones. My questions are:

* if overseas with the 8830 and SIM card, will I still get my emails etc (e.g., just like if I was in NYC) or will I be stuck with basically just local phone/text usage, local # and no contacts - basically like having my other Virgin phone. Obviously, if I have a TMobile/AT&T phone, it would work like normal in the UK. But it would be great to have get local rates but still have the blackberry function just like back @home.
* If I switch carriers, who has overall better service in the NYC area - TMobile or AT&T? If asked friends on both and get mixed responses.

Thanks a lot!
T-Mobile and AT & T are the only service providers that offer BlackBerry International Unlimited Data Service ($19.99 additional). As far I know is T-Mobile offers the best service for International Travellers. It offers pretty decent on international phone rate. Here is a further detail:

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Old 07-08-2007, 12:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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T-Mobile and AT & T are the only service providers that offer BlackBerry International Unlimited Data Service ($19.99 additional). As far I know is T-Mobile offers the best service for International Travellers. It offers pretty decent on international phone rate. Here is a further detail:

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I believe that you can get unlimited international data through Sprint as well. At least that is what I was told by the international department when researching my purchase of the 8830.
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I believe that you can get unlimited international data through Sprint as well. At least that is what I was told by the international department when researching my purchase of the 8830.
You certainly can! ... that's the key new feature of the Sprint 8830 - support for GSM service overseas. The International BB Plan provides unlimited email/data

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Old 07-08-2007, 04:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I believe that you can get unlimited international data through Sprint as well. At least that is what I was told by the international department when researching my purchase of the 8830.
According to the VZW rep I spoke with on Friday, they also have an international unlimited data plan. I don't have my notes with me now, but seem to recall that domestic was ~$45 and int'l was ~$65/mo. Feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken.
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According to the VZW rep I spoke with on Friday, they also have an international unlimited data plan. I don't have my notes with me now, but seem to recall that domestic was ~$45 and int'l was ~$65/mo. Feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken.
With as little as I know about this device I'm not about to correct anyone!
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