1. mstefani77's Avatar
    I just got a BlackBerry 8830 through Verizon. It's my first smart phone / pda in the past I just had a plain cell phone that didn't do much else. I'm on an unlimited data plan with verizon but they do charge like a nickel per Message.

    I've seen a lot of software that supposedly lets you use Yahoo Messenger / MSN Messenger etc. My question is, if I install one of those am I still being charged a per message fee or is that only if I use the SMS messages? Also curious about the BlackBerry Messenger icon on my desktop that lets me chat with other BlackBerry users. Is that also free with my data plan or is that a per message charge like SMS. I'm kinda confused with all these different ways of communicating over the phone. Thanks for any help,

    08-24-07 08:44 AM
  2. Trevor's Avatar
    Those message programs you mentioned all use data. You will not be billed for SMS messages.

    FYI< SMS messages on Verizon now cost $0.15/message if you don't have a plan. None of those programs will cost you anything since you are on unlimited data.
    08-24-07 09:14 AM
  3. rrrebo's Avatar
    Some IM programs, like OZ, use up SMS text messages per IM. Others, like JiveTalk, use data only and do not subtract from your SMS quota.

    BlackBerry Messenger uses data-only PIN messaging, so it can only be used with other BlackBerry users, and since it is data-only, it does not use SMS messages.
    08-24-07 09:54 AM
  4. Trevor's Avatar
    Yes, some do use sms, but like I said, the one mentioned in the original post do not.
    08-24-07 10:19 AM
  5. ualman's Avatar
    That BB messenger program is so fantastic. My girl and I use it to keep in touch BIG part of the day. She's in New Jersey and I'm in Holland.
    It is the best way to stay in contact without costing a fortune.

    BB, I love you hahaha
    08-31-07 03:31 PM
  6. Solachica's Avatar
    True! I save money because I hardly use sms so therefore don't have that extra charge anymore!

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    09-06-07 05:25 AM
  7. TheAznBradPitt's Avatar
    welcome to the board
    03-17-08 03:28 AM