Bacon on BlackBerry: SIM cards, navigation systems, and more

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Q: I want to buy a PDA type device for personal use/fun. I’m thinking Blackberry. However, it is an extra $44.00 on my monthly Cingular bill for a wireless data plan. So I started looking at PDA only – Palm TX for example. There I saw that any wi-fi capable PDA would connect to internet etc. at a wi-fi location (presumably without any special plan).

I don’t need to automatically get email, but would like to connect to the web occasionally. So, can the Blackberry do the same thing WITHOUT the extra special Cingular plan? Just my regular calling plan?

A: RIM does not currently make a consumer friendly BlackBerry with built-in Wi-Fi so to get data on your BlackBerry you will have to subscribe to a data plan. There are rumours of Wi-Fi on the BlackBerry 8800 (http://www.blackberrycool.com/2006/12/05/002902/) so you may want to wait and see what comes of that and if that suits your needs if it’s released as rumoured.

Q: I am new to the Blackberry and am just looking at the different models. I was wondering…. could one use voip/skype on the Blackberry? Could you download Skype onto your Blackberry and use it to talk?

A: This is the only product I know of right now that can do this: http://www.webmessenger.com/products/mimskype.htm

  • Susan Saleeby

    Is there a way to transfer phone number information from your blackberry server to your sim card … OR … do you have to enter it twice, once in each location?

  • Susan Saleeby

    Is there a way to transfer phone number information from your blackberry server to your sim card … OR … do you have to enter it twice, once in each location?

  • alkali

    Hello all,
    I recently purchased a blackberry pearl and intend to use it with my cingular line. I put in the sim card and it keeps telling me the sim is invalid. I called cingular and they explained to me that it was because i had the old at & t blue tdma sim card and that all i needed was an unlock code. They put in the order for an unlock code for me but then i called back and someone else tells me it doesnt matter if i get an unlock code or not that the phone won’t work with the sim card. I just want to know if this phone can work with my sim card or not.

  • alkali

    Hello all,
    I recently purchased a blackberry pearl and intend to use it with my cingular line. I put in the sim card and it keeps telling me the sim is invalid. I called cingular and they explained to me that it was because i had the old at & t blue tdma sim card and that all i needed was an unlock code. They put in the order for an unlock code for me but then i called back and someone else tells me it doesnt matter if i get an unlock code or not that the phone won’t work with the sim card. I just want to know if this phone can work with my sim card or not.

  • jerico

    How can I get GPS maps in my blackberry 8310??

  • jerico

    How can I get GPS maps in my blackberry 8310??

  • jerico

    i forgot to said I live in London uk..

  • jerico

    i forgot to said I live in London uk..

  • gother

    looking for the unlock code for a blackberry 8100 IMEI 352127.01.396716.6 its a movistar if that helps . if you can help please do anything i can find pay site and i dont trust them.

  • gother

    looking for the unlock code for a blackberry 8100 IMEI 352127.01.396716.6 its a movistar if that helps . if you can help please do anything i can find pay site and i dont trust them.