I currently have the BB 7250 through Verizon and I am looking into upgrading to the 8830 because of several trips I need to take in the coming months to Switzerland and Italy as well as the UK. Has anyone used this phone in those countries? I understand that you have to go into a Verizon store prior to leaving the U.S. to get a Sims card, and is that a pain to do? Is sending/receiving email in another country seamless? Thanks, Gary
I just came back from a 2-week trip to Italy. Getting the SIM card and inserting it is a no-brainer. The phone works seamlessly with the Vodaphone network in Italy. I found that call quality was disappointing the further I went south (Naples and surrounding countryside). I had no problems with the phone in Rome.
Just to clarify my earlier post, the SIM that I used while in Italy came with the phone. It was a Verizon card that worked with Vodaphone's network in Italy. I did not purchase the SIM abroad nor did I try to use a SIM other than the one provided by Verizon with my Global BlackBerry service.
Just got back from a week trip in Milan, Italy. Was in Manchester, UK two weeks ago. Phone was perfect, like I never left (except for the $1.29/min. charge; but hey, my company pays for the usage cost). Speed was pretty good, slowler in some areas than others, but hey, same in the US of A.
Texting works fine too, $.02 incoming, $.50 outgoing. TIP: I emailed txt using vtext.com, FREE as it is part of data plan!
DATA: I got the Global Kit (this is what has the SIM card)for FREE with the $20.00/month unlimited upgrade to the the data plan, $69.00/ month total. If you don't get the unlimited plan data is something like $.002/KB & the Global Data Kit is $30ish. The guy at VZW store said get the unlimited plan, go to Europe, when you get ba... (continues)