Re: Can you view the map feature without a blackberry plan?
Don't think so, before my plan got turned on I was stuck in the default startup screen, the one that users describe as the pink lines. I also think that you wouldn't be able to access googlemaps, because it would need the data plan to download the images of the maps.
There could be one possibility, if you were able to load the maps onto a memory stick and access them from there, like you do with some navigation systems, but I am unaware of any such application for Blackberrys like this.
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