As my title says I'm new to Blackberry's, not phones, but in particular Blackberry's. For the past few months I have been using a Hiptop2 on Fido in Canada, however today I decided I needed to switch to something different if I could. My epiphany came when my Hiptop died after being fully charged yesterday, but whats worse, is that it died suring a power outage and I lost my last connection to the outside world. Other then that, the total lack of customizability (is that word?), crappy reception (I can't even think of walking around in the house if I want a webpage to load) AND the crappy screen drove me bonkers. But the Hiptop did accomplish one thing: it got me hooked on smartphones. I now rely on the calender and task list to keep me up to date, and I do use the internet a fair bit as well, either way, I'm hooked.
So here is where the problem starts. I would most likely get a Blackberry 7100 (r or unlocked t, whatever) but Blackberry plans are so expansive in Canada that its pretty hard to keep the same level of usefulness. I would likely be able to survive if I could do some IMing and limited websurfing, but the 0.5 MB and 1 MB packages just don't work, and I can't handle $60 a month for Rogers for the next step up in data. So my question is: Is there ANY way to use a normal data plan with a blackberry, purely for internet usage (don't really require email, since I could check it through the internet). I have heard that using 3rd party apps it is possible to bypass the need for a blackberry specific data service and instead just use standard service for web and IM. Is there any possibility here?
My next question is, is it possible to use T-Mobiles unlimited package in Canada and not get charged for Roaming? I have heard that you can use the email function if you get the $19.99 Int'l Roaming package, but they still charge you roaming for use of other functions like web browsing and such. Is this correct?
And finally, if I want to copy over my contacts, will copying them to the SIM and moving the SIM to the new BB work or is there a better way?
thanks, and sorry for the big post, I don't blame you for skimming
thanks in advance for your help