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    Another stupid question!

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    [FONT=Arial]After last week getting some very helpful responses about how to use my Pearl to record voice messages; I’m looking for help once again!
    This is going to sound very basic I fear. I have the pearl for about a month now, it’s on a Vodafone pay as you go tariff. I use it for personal use only, not with any company servers etc. I have no problems with my wife’s phone same tariff, Nokia N73 I can happily get onto the net, which is what I would like to but will my Pear let me? Will it heck!
    I have GPRS as a signal on the phone. When I attempt to use the default browser (it seems to be the only one on there It just shows
    Browser
    Default browser
    Configuration
    Pressing the pearl and trying to change option makes no difference. I don’t apper to have desktop icon to use as browser.
    I have nothing in my service book which I was told by someone should do something, and I have checked my network setting in network menu (through the options menu) and have ‘Data services on’, but when I come back to he main screen, I have a ‘data connection refused’ message. On my wife’s phone, I get a nice little Google browser icon, I hit it, it connects, marvellous!
    Someone please help me with my stupidity, before I go over to the Dark side and sling the BB and get a Nokia……. Doh!!
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    Re: Another stupid question!

    sounds like you don't have a data plan with your carrier
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    Re: Another stupid question!

    Thank you for your response, I can't PM you as i am too new to the forum.

    You mention I might not have a data plan with my carrier, but its the same deal my wife has, and she can. If I switched SIMs between the Nokia and the BB would that prove or disprove that issue do you reckon?

    You mentioned the PIN number mine is showing as 250F 4907

    Many Tahnks

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    Re: Another stupid question!

    I am on http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatc...ageID=PPP_0010

    trying to find a data plan in the pay as you go section, I don't see one, wait maybe this is it. (of the UK though)

    http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatc...013&tabIndex=1



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    • Pay 50p a month to receive My Mail alerts for free, then pay 12p to read or reply to an email on your phone.
    • Buy a mobile internet data pack for £7.50 a month and receive My Mail alerts for free, then pay 12p to read or reply to an email on your phone.
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    Re: Another stupid question!

    Hi
    Maybe I can suggest something - I am on Vodafone Portugal, if it's the same as in UK, then you DO need a data plan, and then from the mobileemail that vodafone provides you can get the Service Book AND INTERNET SETTINGS under profile sub-tab. But 1st you have o have the data service which is linked to a yourname@mobileemail.vodafone.uk - and then from there get the Blackberry Browser. I hope this helps.

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    Re: Another stupid question!

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    You cannot use a BB in the Uk on pay and go as it just gives yoi basic phone settings. You need a pay monthly package with a BB tariff & vodaphone aint cheap for BB's o2's prices are much better.

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    Re: Another stupid question!

    Thanks to all for you ideas

    Bluebell you say atht BB can't work on Vodafone pay as you go, but if it can't why does my wife's Nokia N73 work on pay as you go? is it they way that the BB is configured? and so if i want to use the web occasioanly, i will have to ditch the BB and go Nokia? as i use pay as you go, as i am not a big time user

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    Re: Another stupid question!

    Hi bibble

    Your wife has a Nokia, generally speaking these days when you buy a mobile phone these days it comes with settings preloaded on the device for vodaphone Live/Orangeword or o2 Active depending on your carrier ( Vodaphone, Orange or o2).

    Blackberries however are slightly different, nothing is pre loaded. When you get a Blackberry tariff the carrier will send 'service books' to your Blackberry, these are sets of instructions. For example I have a service book for email, one for the Blackberry Browser, one for MMS messaging and so on. Vodaphone for example is then in control of what is on your Blackberry. Most UK carriers will not let you have internet access on a Blackberry unless you have a Blackberry Tariff.

    Your Blackberry is indeed capable of running Vodaphone Live ( Vodaphones own internet service which I think is what your wife is paying £7.50 for) but unless vodaphone gives you the service book for vodaphone live then you cannot acces the internet. As explained above you are unlikely to get this unless you get the correct tariff. Your fellow Vodaphone users in Italy and Portugal seem to have been able to have had this service book sent to their devices by Vodaphone so in theory Vodaphone should be able to send it to you if their Uk policy covers that. In my experience they will not do this. However I suggest that you contact Vodaphone and try.

    Vodaphone live will not however give you the complete Blackberry experience, your push email will not work neither will PIN messaging. MMS messaging may not work either.

    If you want to use your Blackberry as a Blackberry should be used the best option is to get the Blackberry tariff. I would suggest that you shop around for the cheapest deal though as Vodaphone's Blackberry plans are not the cheapest. In order to use another provider you may need to get the BB unlocked if it is locked to Vodaphone.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Another stupid question!

    Quote Originally Posted by j llama View Post
    I am on http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatc...ageID=PPP_0010

    trying to find a data plan in the pay as you go section, I don't see one, wait maybe this is it. (of the UK though)

    http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatc...013&tabIndex=1



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    • Pay 50p a month to receive My Mail alerts for free, then pay 12p to read or reply to an email on your phone.
    • Buy a mobile internet data pack for £7.50 a month and receive My Mail alerts for free, then pay 12p to read or reply to an email on your phone.
    This is for Vodaphone's own My mail service on Vodaphone live, not Strictly speaking Blackberry. It is also pretty expensive don't you think? Would make more sense to use Yahoo Go or GoogleMail if you can get internet access.

    Thank fully I am not with Vodaphone.

    Vodaphone's BIS package is £15 for 6mb and a lot of customers also sign up to the £7.50 Vodaphone live package to prevent extra charges in case they go over the 6mb allowance. On top of that they have to get their minutes & Texts.

    Orange is very similar in price & is also for 6mb. T Mobile & o2 are the cheapest and give a much larger MB allowance for e-mail & browsing.

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