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Wow...the level of confusion on this is impressive. Usually the Intertubes provide a consensus, but wow...
OK, I have a U.S. unlimited data plan with AT&T and a BB 9000. I'm traveling to Aruba for a week and have little interest in buying an overpriced data plan nor paying obscene data rates per kbyte. When I've gone to Europe, I have gotten the unlimited international blackberry data plan, but we all know that has been discontinued...another rant for another time...
I understand that if I leave the data off completely but the mobile network on, I can make and receive phone calls and texts at the usual obscene international voice and SMS rates. OK.
It also seems - and this is where it gets dicey -- that if I turn the mobile network OFF but turn ON WiFi -- provided I can find an open wireless network at my hotel -- I should be able to access the interwebs without using the AT&T data network and therefore without incurring data charges. Obviously, the phone doesn't make or receive phone calls or texts in this state, but I get that. At home, right now, I'm doing this using my own WiFi network but no AT&T data, at least according to my data monitoring app.
In spite of these assumptions, will I come home to a $2500 data bill, or is this right. In other words, does AT&T charge for data even when I'm accessing the net through a hotel WiFi network with the wireless radio off?