04-18-2005, 06:56 AM
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Carrier: AT&T Wireless
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I had some of the problems with Verizon's less than knowledgable staff when I first got my Blackberry about a month ago. Here's what you'll need.
1. Voice plan. You'll use this for any calls made with the phone.
2. Data plan. I would recommend paying the extra to get the unlimited data plan at first. If after a few months you're using less than the 5MB, you can switch and save money (you can check using your account at verizonwireless.com). They don't call them "crackberries" for no reason, its easy to exceed your data allowance.
3. You can send text messages without a text messaging plan using email; however, there's a big IF in there. All you're outgoing text messages will have to be sent to "yourfriendsnumber@yourfriendscarrierdoman" and all you're incoming text messages will have to be sent to "firstname.lastname@example.org". So, in my opinion pay for a text messaging plan because you're friends are most likely not going to send it to your email address, then again it's easy to spend other peoples money.
You won't need to pay extra for the web client. That's included in the data plan. I haven't come across a situation yet where I need mobile web (that's their wap access) since you have the true TCP/IP stack.
Here's my plan.
59.99 - 900 minute voice plan
44.99 - Unlimited Blackberry Data plan (its actually 44.99 with a voice plan)
4.99 - Unlimited IN-TXT + 50 texts (just started this morning)