Rogers BlackBerry 8120 Hands-on, WiFi browsing is lame

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Rogers BlackBerry 8120

You didn’t think I went all the way to Rogers HQ just for a pink BlackBerry, did you? The mysterious ninja that is RogersDude69 also let me put my paws on the recently released BlackBerry 8120, which is notable for its WiFi/UMA support and being the first BlackBerry to launch with OS 4.5.

First to WiFi. It should be noted that if you don’t have an active account (i.e., if you’re not using a post-paid SIM card) you cannot use the web browser. With an active SIM in the 8120, but the “Mobile Network” option turned off in your Connection Manager, the browser will connect sometimes, but it’s very spotty.

While the AT&T version of the BlackBerry 8120 has a separate icon for WiFi browsing, it gets a little bit trickier with the Rogers version. With no separate browser, you have to make sure your BlackBerry Browser is set to the WiFi Hotspot option. Unfortunately, browsing using the WiFi can be excruciatingly slow, and I could beat the 8120 to most pages using my EV-DO BlackBerry 8330. I highly recommend disabling JavaScripts in your browser options, which can make a noticeable difference. I’m not sure why exactly browsing is so slow, but I’m willing to be it has something to do with the 8120′s legacy-8700 processor.

We’re going to play around with the BlackBerry 8120 some more (specifically its UMA features), and let you know when we’ve found OS 4.5′s other idiosyncrasies.

  • ros

    So if you want to use WiFi for browsing you have to shut off your wireless connection to Rogers?
    That could equal lots of missed phone calls.

  • ros

    So if you want to use WiFi for browsing you have to shut off your wireless connection to Rogers?
    That could equal lots of missed phone calls.

  • Aaron

    Naw, we turned it off so I wouldn’t get charged 5 cents a kilobyte.

  • Aaron

    Naw, we turned it off so I wouldn’t get charged 5 cents a kilobyte.

  • B

    I totally agree with this review. On the other hand, the data plan I have through T-Mobile, I’ve noticed a huge improvement on browsing.

  • B

    I totally agree with this review. On the other hand, the data plan I have through T-Mobile, I’ve noticed a huge improvement on browsing.

  • Jai

    i just wanted to know if its possible to use the wifi in the blackberry 8120 without switching off the mobile network?or is it that the mobile network neeeds to be turned off in order to use the wifi…….plz help…..thanks

  • Jai

    i just wanted to know if its possible to use the wifi in the blackberry 8120 without switching off the mobile network?or is it that the mobile network neeeds to be turned off in order to use the wifi…….plz help…..thanks

  • Jai

    i just wanted to know if its possible to use the wifi in the blackberry 8120 without switching off the mobile network?or is it that the mobile network neeeds to be turned off in order to use the wifi…….plz help…..thanks

  • Sam

    Can you actually use the browser using only WiFi… So far I haven’t been able since I don’t have a data plan.

  • Sam

    Can you actually use the browser using only WiFi… So far I haven’t been able since I don’t have a data plan.

  • russ

    so how exactly do you turn the wifi on. And does that mean you can connect to the internet via wireless router

  • russ

    so how exactly do you turn the wifi on. And does that mean you can connect to the internet via wireless router

  • russ

    so how exactly do you turn the wifi on. And does that mean you can connect to the internet via wireless router

  • GARY_PUNK

    HOW CAN I USE WIFI ON MY BLACKBERRY 8120 SMARTPHONE??

  • Gary_punk

    i hav a wifi router but my blackberry 8120 never gets connected 2 it…..any suggestions??