1. richard in suffolk's Avatar
    Hi-

    I just bought a new 9720 for my daughter who is 12. I actually quite like it for 105.

    Main reason for choosing this model was that she wants a Blackberry keyboard and is keen to get into Whatsapp so she can message her friends.

    Her previous phone was a very simple Nokia on pay as you go. I was hoping to just swap SIMs but now discover I may need to obtain something called BIS.?

    Does anyone know if Whatsapp will work without BIS - just for wireless network locations eg school and home?

    Also does BIS cost anything?

    Many thanks

    Richard
    12-16-14 05:39 AM
  2. Postfuhramt's Avatar
    Hi Richard,

    I strongly suspect you will need BIS to do anything but make phone calls on Blackberry models with OS 7 or below. Depending on your carrier and your data plan, BIS may come free of charge or might cost somewhere around 5 EUR per month. New Blackberries sporting OS 10.x will not need BIS.

    Cheers
    12-16-14 06:02 AM
  3. dwisetyoaji's Avatar
    In my country BlackBerry with OS 7 uses BIS to access internet like WhatsApp. In my country, we have packages. for example package which for social media and messaging like WhatsApp, LINE, BBM, Facebook, Twitter start from around US$ 3 a month. Only for those feature (without browsing). To have full package is around US$ 8. In regards you want to use sms and call, you need an additional package, which we call it regular. You can try to contact the provider.

    Posted via CB10
    12-16-14 06:07 AM
  4. CodeMole's Avatar
    I'm almost certain that you will need to add the BIS package to your PAYG tariff in order to use WhatsApp. It costs 5 a month I believe.

    Z10 STL100-2 10.3.1.1151
    12-20-14 06:21 PM
  5. Shuswap's Avatar
    I use whatsapp without BIS on my 9900. All I had to do was enter the APN setting for my carrier's regular data plan.

    Posted via CB10
    01-20-15 09:13 PM
  6. HACandtelecoil's Avatar
    Whatsapp works here fine with a 9780 + 9900 without BIS (provider 3).
    01-21-15 01:27 PM
  7. KarthikNaik's Avatar
    will work fine
    only BBM and BB app world wont run without bis if im not mistaken(app world will still work with wifi though)
    02-02-15 07:57 AM
  8. johnnyuk's Avatar
    will work fine
    only BBM and BB app world wont run without bis if im not mistaken(app world will still work with wifi though)
    And Email won't work without BIS either of course.

    Posted from the CB10 app on my BlackBerry Z30 STA100-2/10.3.1.2267 on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.5
    03-07-15 04:54 PM
  9. WorldwideRemix's Avatar
    If you are on Giffgaff you can add BIS for free when you purchase a data bundle.

    Posted via BlackBerry Passport
    03-08-15 06:56 AM
  10. KarthikNaik's Avatar
    heres an insight
    How To Use Your Blackberry Without BIS And Still Be Happy - Project-DNA
    if you havent bought the phone yet,you can grab a Q5 for as low as $150
    03-15-15 05:56 AM
  11. BlackBerry Z30's Avatar
    No you don't need

    Posted from BlackBerry Z30 STA 100-2 via CB10
    05-25-15 12:08 PM
  12. fernandoipod's Avatar
    You can get a regular data plan (probably the cheapest one, since it is for instant messaging mainly) or get BIS. Both will work for the 9720

    Posted Via BlackBerry Q 10
    05-25-15 12:18 PM
  13. fernandoipod's Avatar
    As seen on this tutorial : http://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?t=996682

    Posted Via BlackBerry Q 10
    05-25-15 12:26 PM

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