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Old 06-22-2008, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

another maybe silly question... I opted for the 8120 in the end to try it out - 38 a month for unlimited data/600 mins and unlimited texts. Now I am having some debate with myself whether its too much to pay as I am a student and maybe it was silly idea in the first place.

I was wondering, as I understand it in the UK, MMS or picture messages will come out of the data bundle, since you have to have BIS for it to work? Is this right?

Second then, can texts come out of the unlimited data bundle as well? I'm trying to justify the 38 a month and trying to do it as cheaply as I can. I love the BB, its just the cost.

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Most carriers do require a data package for the "data" portion of the MMS message.

But to your other question: Text won't come from the Data bundle. Text messages come from the Txt or SMS package.

Some details will vary from carrier to carrier, another Orange user here should know and hopefully answer from their experience.
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Thanks so much for responding. I don't want to have to send the thing back so I am looking at all options to it.
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Smart to do so. Give it some time to hear from an Orange user. You might call them as well--but nothing speaks as well as one knowing and using that carrier.
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Hello

If you got your Blackberry free on an Orange Pay monthly contract the cheapest package is the Blackberry with Talk ( Dolphin 25 and 7.50 for BIS) on an 18 month contract, total 32.50.

The Dolphin 25 is for 100 mins & unlimited texts but as the 8120 has wifi and Orange UK supports UMA you should be able to make free telephone calls over wifi.

32.50 per month is still a lot for a student but if you are interested o2 has a special promotional tariff of a free Blackberry 8100 with 600 mins, 500 texts & BIS for 25 per month. This only seems to be available through their stores and not online. For details pick up the o2 Blue Magazine (June issue) and the promotion is listed on page 68. This I think is a time limited promotion so please check that it is still available before making a decision should you wish to do that.

Note though that the 8100 does not have wifi, the Operating System that comes with the 8100 is older than that in the 8120 but you can upgrade the 8100 to the newer 4.5 Operating System.

The 8100's camera is 1.3mp as opposed to the 8120's 2mp.

This may be a more cost effective solution for you should you wish to continue to use a Blackberry.
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Thank you very much for all your input. I really need to stay with Orange as ashamedly they are the only network to offer me a monthly contract, due to previous credit issues but that o2 deal sounds really good.
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It is a good deal mainly because I think they are looking to clear out their stock of 8100's.

Why not talk to Orange and speak to them about your voice tariff as this is where you could make the most savings but you may also get a cheaper deal if you extend your contract to a 24 month one. It would depend on whether or not you wish to be tied to a contract for that lenght of time. The BIS over 24 months is 6 with Orange.
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That's not a bad idea to be honest. On the 24 month contract bit - and forgive me because this is the first time I have had a BB - is the device likely to last 24 months? (I'm waiting for the flames now!). I don't want to have to pay the insurance if i don't have to Thank you again Foxglove, you're being a huge help!
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It should last 24 months especially if you take good care of it, my pearl 8100 was an ebay purchase and was approximately 18 months or so old when I got it and I have now had it for 6 months and it works perfectly and is in excellent condition. I have no insurance.


Generally speaking though Orange usually lets people out of their contracts a few months early.

Don't forget your BB will also have 12 months warranty.

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Thanks again, I'll give them a call. 31 is a bit easier to justify than near enough 40. It's psychological. Plus that's only 6 more than I am paying now. I'll let you know how it goes and thank you again for your help with this
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