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    8320 Internet issue...thanks in advance!

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    Hello all and thank you in advance for considering my problem.

    To begin, I have spent a decent amount of time researching this issue and have tried a number of remedies.

    My issue: I would like be able to use the Curve 8320 to surf the net over wi-fi without a data plan. I don't see why this is an unreasonable request given that I do the same thing with my laptop at home, in Starbucks, at work and at the local library. This issue has become quite frustrating because there have been people who have posted that they have been able to use their Blackberry's without a data plan.

    What I have done:

    • wiped out phone shortly after receiving it from EBAY
    • was able to surf the web before I realized I was getting charged...promptly had T-Mobile block data on my account
    • I asked T-mobile if I could use WI-Fi without a data plan and the rep said, "yes."
      • Turned off data on the phone


    • updated the phone with Blackberry's 4.5 OS?
    • Downloaded Opera Mini to my PC and then successfully installed it on the 8320
    • changed the browser to "hotspot browser"
    • enabled the firewall on the phone
    • edited Opera Mini preferences to "allow"


    My thoughts:

    1. When I wiped the phone, did I also wipe necessary service books?
    2. It seems that the Blackberry and T-mobile browser would not allow me to connect to the internet. This is why I downloaded Opera Mini. Was this a correct move?
    3. What is the reason this is so difficult?


    Other stuff (updated):

    When I attempt to use Opera Mini, I get an error message that it was trying to "connect to a low-level network." I did some research and then edited the setting in Opera Mini to "Allow," I also enable the firewall on the phone.

    Then when I tried Opera Mini, I got a new error message that said, "the application operette 4$2dhifi has attempted to open a connection to a location inside the firewall and outside the firewall which is, not allowed by your IT policy."


    This is where I am currently.

    Again, thank you for considering my issue.

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    Hello all,

    I just wanted you to all know the issue has been solved.

    My solution can be seen in this thread:

    http://www.blackberryforums.com/blac...ml#post1792481


    So, for those few who only use wifi on their Blackberry phone, if you have T-Mobile, you CAN use wifi just like a laptop or iPad and not have to pay for data. It was not an easy process having purchased a second-hand Blackberry, but it IS possible.

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    I was not aware that you could run wifi and data unless you had a data plan with tmo. I used the 8320 for some time but had a data plan, I do know that wifi is free from data charges. I also used Opera Mini rather than the tmo browser. Is this a personal or business phone. If it is BES then you would have to get authorization from the IT admin. I still believe it is a data plan issue. My wife is running a 9700 with tmo and wifi is of no value to her because she does not have a data plan.

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    Glad all is well, enjoy

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    With T-mobile you can use the phone just like you would a laptop or iPad. When I walk into a Starbucks with my laptop, I sit down, find the network and log on. Similarly, you can do this with the phone wherever there is a working network. I know without a data plan, you are not able to take advantage of all that "Blackberry" has to offer and many apps, etc, however, this does not exclude you from accessing the internet. I have the ability to use the hotspot browser or Opera Mini...I'll decide which is going to be more used-friendly.

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    Our own Mark Stone was using his TMO BlackBerry without a data plan for years.

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    Unfortunately, it turns out that I was unsuccessful in getting on to the internet. After I was able to use the internet with both browsers, I checked my mobile service options and found that I had left data services "ON." When I changed this setting to "Off," I once again got the following error message when attempting to access the internet with Opera Mini:

    "Failed to connect to the internet. Go to www.operamini.... with your desktop browser or..."

    So, I am back to being unsuccessful at accessing the internet with this Blackberry Curve 3820.

    Any thoughts?

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