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    Question 8707v: GPRS case differences

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    Hey... does anyone know why GPRS (at the top of the display) is sometimes lower case, sometimes upper? I cant see any logic behind it, like strength of signal or such.....

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    Re: 8707v: GPRS case differences

    Hi:

    GPRS
    This is a data extension to GSM and stands for "General Packet Radio Service". This enables devices such as BlackBerry to have always-on access without using up airtime. GPRS simply transmits data over unused airwaves that are not being used for active phone calls. GPRS gives priority to phone calls, so GPRS automatically slows down in busy airwaves to prevent busy signals on other mobile phones. This is why GPRS can give you unlimited 24/7 always-on Internet access, without the need to dial the Internet. It is the most widespread always-on Internet method. BlackBerry uses GPRS for all emails. Speeds are typically between 30 and 70 kilobits per second, depending on conditions and the network. Not all GSM networks have GPRS. All North American GSM networks have GPRS available. GPRS is partway between second generation and third generation, so it is often called a "2.5G" network. GPRS can have fairly high latency, of about 500 milliseconds. For technical information, see Wikipedia GPRS.

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    Lowercase GPRS on BlackBerry means that you have basic data service but without BlackBerry email support. Also applies to lowercase "1x" for Verizon/Sprint/Bell CDMA and "nxtl" on Nextel iDEN (see below). GPRS BlackBerries will display an indicator "GPRS" when it connects with full data service, and lowercase "gprs" when it is not able to connect to full BlackBerry email/Internet service.

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    Re: 8707v: GPRS case differences

    GPRS is when you're in a data service area and gprs is when you don't have any data coverage in your area

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    Re: 8707v: GPRS case differences

    awesome, thanks guys

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    Re: 8707v: GPRS case differences

    basically BIG LETTER GPRS = data service
    small gprs = no data service
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    Re: 8707v: GPRS case differences

    Quote Originally Posted by minosa
    Lowercase GPRS on BlackBerry means that you have basic data service but without BlackBerry email support.
    Just a little clarification here. Lowercase gprs mean that you are connected to a Data Capable Tower, but the do not have access to the RIM Data Network. This means you will have No Data Service on your Blackberry at all. You will only have access to Phone, SMS, and MMS services.

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