I have yet to run into that problem. All they generally do is turn "on" Blackberry Internet Service on the carrier end, usually all plan information remains the same. The only time I recall hearing that plans had to change was when Bell and Telus were turning on their HSPA networks and people were wanting to bring over their unlimited data plans from CDMA.
Originally Posted by omniusovermind
As for the OP... I recall you stating somewhere that people don't care about the benefits of the NOC like data compression... I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that either you rarely travel internationally or you have an amazing roaming package from your carrier... or you only deal in unlocked devices and swap out sim cards as you move into another country. Every time I've told anyone my experience in travelling abroad with my two phones (Blackberry and Android) and how quickly my android phone racked up roaming charges, it's made them reconsider the Blackberry brand. This is especially true of a good chunk of my family, two of whom use iPhones, and who have typically turned off data before going to the USA because they all assumed that data use was equal on all devices. I think after my cousin got married and I told my aunt and uncle about how little my blackberry cost me to use the entire time we were all in the USA, my uncle has started considering leaving his blackberry data on. So data compression is important to clients. Data compression also helps to make web pages load up faster as well, allowing a Blackberry to load up a web page quite speedily while not using the same amount of both bandwidth and battery life (all that power to suck down and process a page rapidly has to come from somewhere doesn't it ).
I do understand your gripe about the two way sync, though I'll be honest I'm happy with the 1.5 way sync I have now as I've always reached for my blackberry first. Whenever I compose an e-mail at the computer in Gmail and send it, the sent copy appears on my Blackberry as if I'd sent it from there. I haven't personally seen the same happen when I check my Gmail, but this is a feature specifically built into the Gmail account options for Blackberry. As for my hotmail accounts, well... to be honest, when I was using any one of my android phones' native e-mail apps, they would not properly sync that sort of information at all (whether it was read, not read, etcetera). The native app for hotmail helped, but even that doesn't clear its own notification like the Gmail app does when I check my e-mail elsewhere... causing me to open up the hotmail app for quite literally no reason other than to clear the notification. The system is not as 100% perfect as you'd like it to be, in fact my playbook is the only device I carry that consistently recognizes messages as read even if I don't read it there. And I'm ok with that. I've grown accustomed to seeing things on my Blackberry first. That's me. That's evidently not you, and that's ok for you. But it is not what will make or break the Blackberry Brand, I hate to say. As another has already said, it is the app ecosystem that will do so, along with whether or not people just plain buy.