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Old 08-26-2007, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can I set up an old 7100, without a data plan, to act as a pda for contacts and calendar?

I know that I won't get any OTA activity, but I'm hoping that I can install desktop manager (BIS) and get my outlook calendar and contacts synched to Outlook when I start up desktop manager and cable up the 7100g

No redirector, nothing needing a data plan

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Yep, it'll work very well for that. Good luck!
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good stuff. my wifes palm pilot broke and since she doesn't need or want email on a handheld, i'm glad i can use the BB as her pda/phone

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My wife did the same thing. Used my old 7100t unlocked as a phone/pda and sync'd it with Outlook. Now I got her on a white Pearl doing the same thing. She loves it.
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The 7100 I plan to use is unlocked, and was wiped and all corporate security rules wiped out. So it's like new

Can I assume that doing what I plan to do (pda) won't put any of my wifes corporate policies on the phone. In fact, my guess is that they won't even know about the phone.
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Does she have a BB that is on a BES?
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Nope, no nothing
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Then what corporate policies are you talking about? Is the sim card from a corporate issued phone or something? No policies are contained on a sim card. That's simply phone and account information.
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Probably not sure what I'm talking about, but...
On my company BB, on BES, there are security policies about such things as requiring passwords

I'm assuming that if the 7100/pda is never on my wife's companies BES, then simply cabling the 7100 with the desktop manager and synching cal/contacts will NOT force any IT policies onto the 7100
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Probably not sure what I'm talking about, but...
On my company BB, on BES, there are security policies about such things as requiring passwords

I'm assuming that if the 7100/pda is never on my wife's companies BES, then simply cabling the 7100 with the desktop manager and synching cal/contacts will NOT force any IT policies onto the 7100
You are correct. If it has never been on a BES plan then synching it won't push any policies to it.
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Mr. BB moderator, it seems that your reply to queries are so easy to be done and make it work. Can you advise me in a very simple and direct way how to transfer Word.doc, excel file, and picture file from my laptop to blackberry device 7100? I am using prepaid sim card. Is the transfer possible? Why is it that when you buy unlocked phone, there is no program provided (if needed). BB should support their customer in this regard. Thanks
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It is not possible to transfer those files to the 7100/7105 devices. You can email them to yourself if you have a data plan. Even then, you can only save the pictures to the device, not the other types of files. However, you are on a prepaid sim, so no data plan. I'm afraid you won't be able to transfer the files to the BB.
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Thank you for quick reply. Are you saying that even if I have a data plan, I can only transfer pictures and not any other files like word.doc or excel? The brochure of BB 7100 device says that it can accept and read above files. Why is it so?
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It can read the files as an email attachment only. However, it can only save the pictures from the emails not the word and excel docs.

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Thanks !!

Do you have any idea on how much is the average data plan?
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with AT&T the cheapest unlimited data plan is $30 I think. (Standard account only-no prepaid data plans that I'm aware of)
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Thanks John.

I don't know if this wil make sense to you.

I am aware of the setting that if you slide in the BB to holster, it will be set to phone lock. I know also the automatic backlight off setting. I am just wondering when you slide in to holster the phone and got contact with holster's flip magnet, the backlght shuts off. Once the bottom portion of the phone passed the magnet, the backlight turned on. Is this conditon in any way affect the program in the phone? Thank you.
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No, that doesn't hurt anything. Generally if you slide it out quickly enough it doesn't even really affect it. Occasionally, it will affect the auto opening of an email but not often.
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Similar to the earlier poster, I plan just use the PDA and cell phone functions for now so I don't need to use a Palm & cell phone. I just purchased a 7105t from Ebay but it came with no software disc or user guide. It was a Sprint phone that was Unlocked and my carrier is AT&T. I thought downloading the software would be easy but I was too optimistic about my abilities. I've seen the Desktop Software v 4.2 which looks like its the latest but wasnt sure if that version is correct with the 7105t. I've also seen downloads on the AT&T sight and wasn't sure if maybe I should be using that. If you could help, that would be great.

I put my SIM card in and can make calls and receive them.

Also, I've never had a blackberry so if you could point me to some links that could get me started Sync'g with my outlook, etc. that would help. I downloaded a user guide for 7100 ver 4.1 to help.

I'm not planning on using the browser features yet. Can you only use the browser if you have a data plan? Not even just to pay per page to make sure its working or the occasional download of a ringtone? My old cell phone let me do that.

I guess this isn't as easy as I thought.

Thanks for your help
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