1. Suicide_SAL's Avatar
    Ok, here is the story. I've been without a cell phone for 2 years.... YES! TWO WHOLE YEARS! I know! But I'm in the need of one now... and the new BB Flip has caught my attention, also the Curve. BUT, I have a question for you guys!

    Is there any reason for the "required" BlackBerry service any of the providers have? Is there way I can have a blackberry and not have to pay the extra charge for an e-mail/data/web plan?

    I really want a BlackBerry for what it is, a super, and easily customizable and solid running phone(from my research) but don't foresee myself e-mailing or surfing the web.... that is what my laptop is for.
    10-16-08 01:37 AM
  2. Duvi's Avatar
    AT&T, T-mobile & Sprint allow you to have a BB w/o a data plan. Another user told me Verizon allows you to have a BB w/o one, but everyone else tells me different and that it is mandatory.


    Welcome to our world.


    Also the BB flip is with T-mobile at the moment and you will definitely be able to use it w/o a bb data plan.



    Duvi
    10-16-08 01:42 AM
  3. Suicide_SAL's Avatar
    Really!?! Wow - I did not know that.

    I was just on Amazon.com checking out the phones(although the Flip not avail till the 23rd through them) the Flip will be free with a new contract, which I will be starting.

    Due to my area, I'm kinda stuck with T-mobile or Verizon. Both of which have decent coverage.
    10-16-08 01:51 AM
  4. solxsurfer's Avatar
    The answers are No to the first and Yes to the second.
    10-16-08 01:51 AM
  5. starlaleann's Avatar
    A lot of the reason BB service plans are required is because of the auto push email. Most other smartphones require you to go out and "seek" your email. Not so with BBs. They're constantly "pushing" the data back and forth. It's a special, more complex data connection. If a berry is running and using data on our network (where I work) it can, in the words of one of our network engineers "bring a site (as in cell tower) to its knees!" with the constant connecting and re-connecting without the BB feature.
    10-16-08 02:01 AM
  6. Duvi's Avatar
    Really!?! Wow - I did not know that.

    I was just on Amazon.com checking out the phones(although the Flip not avail till the 23rd through them) the Flip will be free with a new contract, which I will be starting.

    Due to my area, I'm kinda stuck with T-mobile or Verizon. Both of which have decent coverage.

    Well that is the problem right there. To get the best pricing, you will be required to add the data plan and also keep it for a certain amount of time or face a vendor ETF (not even for canceling the line, but change your plan in anyway)
    10-16-08 02:26 AM
  7. fatboy97's Avatar
    FYI: Check the fine print on the mail-in rebate:

    To qualify for this offer, the product must be activated with a T-Mobile rate plan. The plan must have a monthly access fee of at least $39.99/month per service line for Individual plans, or $49.99/month per service line (up to 5 lines) for FamilyTime plans. Also, a BlackBerry Feature Add-on of $14.98 or higher, or the activation of a voice and data bundle of $59.99 or higher, must be included. Please see rebate form for more details.
    T-Mobile usually has the same clause on their BB Curves as well.
    Last edited by fatboy97; 10-16-08 at 08:05 AM. Reason: Bolded something in the Quote.
    10-16-08 08:03 AM
  8. teal's Avatar
    Yeah, I was also going to strongly suggest that you read the fine print B4 purchasing.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    10-16-08 08:07 AM
  9. LDubs's Avatar
    ... But why get a blackberry if you're not going to use it to it's full capabilities? The beauty of the blackberry is that you can get your e-mail, surf the web, etc... If all you're going to be doing is making calls, there are plenty of options for solid, reliable cellphones...

    just my 2 cents.
    10-16-08 08:37 AM
  10. starlaleann's Avatar
    ... But why get a blackberry if you're not going to use it to it's full capabilities? The beauty of the blackberry is that you can get your e-mail, surf the web, etc... If all you're going to be doing is making calls, there are plenty of options for solid, reliable cellphones...

    just my 2 cents.
    I would tend to agree with you here. Berries are amazing, the deserve to be utilized fully
    10-16-08 11:33 AM
  11. threefortyduster's Avatar
    I agree with the guy above..if its free, that's fine, but why not just get a different free phone that wouldn't have wasted capabilities? Pretty much one of those things that if you are getting it, might as well use it for what it has been developed for.
    10-16-08 02:40 PM
  12. joe003's Avatar
    Welcome to CB!

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    11-01-08 07:21 PM
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