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Blackberry pearl and blackberry data plan.

by twentyfivejewels    Apr 18, 2007, 2:55 PM

Ok, so I've been mulling over the blackberry pearl. Main thing holding me back is the cost of the data plan. I currently have a w300i with the 1600 national rate plan for talking and the old 20.00 signal link plan (I've had the plan for a while and I"ve never renewed my contract so I was apparently grandfathered in at 20.00). That gives me something like 150 mms and 3000 sms along with unlimited data transfer. So after fees and all of that jazz my bill is about 78.00 a month. If I dropped down to a 400 anytime minute plan with unlimited nights and weekends (which would drop my calling plan from 50.00 to 35.00 a month) then drop my signal link and just get the 1,000 texts plan for 10.00 a month that would bring my bill to about 52.00 a month with fees. Apparently there are two blackberry plans now. One for 30.00 a month and one for 50.00. After calling customer service and several dealers I've come to understand the 30.00 plan is just data and email. The 50.00 plan would be email data and mms messages, right? That's what I've been told. I just can't see paying for a signal link package and the blackberry package because the 1,000 text plan would be ample for my texting but without a signal link plan I would lose multimedia messages (unless I want to pay .75 a piece). And the 50.00 blackberry plan is too much. So if I got the 35.00 calling plan, 10.00 text plan and 30.00 blackberry plan that would make my bill about 85 bucks a month. Is there anyway I can get a decent amound of mms without adding on a full blown signallink plan? Or is the blackberry even worth all the hassle? Is the internet just like the real deal as opposed to the internet on regular cell phones? I know, I rattled on and on, just looking for opinions here.

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