| | 05-13-2012, 12:07 PM Thread Author #1
Using UK Orange Contract Blackberry Curve 9300 In Spain
Hi, this is my first post here and I am a new Blackberry user, so please excuse my rather simple question.
I live in the UK, but travel a lot to Spain for a couple of months at a time. I am in Spain now.
I set up a contract with Orange UK for a Blackberry Curve 9300 3G one month ago. It is on their Panther contract. I got the Blackberry from the Carphone Warehouse in the UK as I wanted an unlocked phone.
Carphone Warehouse and Orange Customer Services assured me that I would be able to use my Blackberry in Spain, but, because of roaming charges and as I was a new customer, Orange would not give me roaming access and suggested I buy a Spanish SIM and replace my Orange contract SIM whenever I visit here.
As the phone is unlocked they assured me this wouldn't be a problem.
In my region of Spain I have the choice of Movistar and possibly Vodafone as a PAYG carrier. Both offer Blackberry Data packages.
At the moment I haven't changed the Orange SIM. I have Mobile Services turned off and WiFi turned on, so I cannot make or receive calls or texts, but, as I have access to WiFi here, I still have access to my emails, Facebook, Twitter, and the internet, so I am guessing that BIS (a 5 pound add on as part of my Blackberry contract payment) is still working.
My question is this.
If I purchase a new SIM and replace it in my Blackberry, will I be able to still use BIS via the monthly payment for Blackberry Services I make to Orange? In other words, is my BIS account linked to my phone or to the Orange SIM?
I am guessing that once the SIM is removed, I will no longer have BIS, and will have to ask Orange to give me the release code (to release me temporarily) and then apply for a new BIS service via the Spanish Carrier.
If that's the case, it might just be too much hassle and I would be better off buying a cheap phone for calls in Spain and continuing to use my Blackberry for emails and social networks.
But what also concerns me is that, although I have roaming disabled, the fact I am using my UK paid for BIS in Spain (even though this is via WiFi) may leave me with huge charges on my account.
As you can see, I am rather ignorant of all this. I will call Orange Customer Services UK tomorrow, but really wanted some input on this first, so that I ask the right questions (and also so that I don't lose my Blackberry services whilst I'm here).