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akadamikz
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎12-24-2008
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Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

I am new to the blackberry device and do not have the data plan for my blackberry.  I have the bold and I am connected to my wifi at home, but how do I know that I am not on 3G?  I just want to be connected to my wifi connection. Thank you for any advice.

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akadamikz
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎12-24-2008
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Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

I just checked the Services Status and under the Blackberry Internet Service it says not connected and my Wi-Fi network shows as active on the bottom of the page...does this mean that I am on my Wi-Fi network?
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urumilton
Posts: 4,526
Registered: ‎10-16-2008
My Device: Bold - T-mobile

Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

If you don't have any data plan and you don't download any third application ( like miniopera ) the only way to surf on the web is with the WiFi.

Without any data plan, you can surf ONLY with WiFi 

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Donald
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Registered: ‎12-26-2008
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Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

I do not think that is true Urumilton. I have a similar problem to the OP but I will go a step further to say that when I disable the Data but not the wifi or mobile the wifi still appears to be connected but the browser/MSN etc won't connect to the internet. I have looked around and this seems to be a common problem and possible sneaky business approach. The device does have wifi, but the wifi is useless without using data. I would like a better answer as if I can't use wifi without data then this phone is going back.

 

I'd also like to mention that I have enabled hotspots login for the browser and this still does nothing without enabling the data (this was the most common response to this problem). 

 

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Donald
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Registered: ‎12-26-2008
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Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

After looking around some more the problem seems to be the BB can't connect (flawlessly) to all routers. There is a way to

reconfigure the router so that it does work but I haven't found it yet. 

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akadamikz
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎12-24-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

Thank you for those who have responded.  I am not sure if my problem is solved, but I guess I will have to wait and see on my next month bill if I was charged any data usage.  Phone services are sneaky with their data usage especially AT&T so I guess the safest bet is to get data plan. Well, if anyone has an answer to my question or advice please still feel free to respond.  Thank you all again
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chulap
Posts: 86
Registered: ‎09-26-2008
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Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

You can surf the net with the Wifi without any data plan. I'm very certain of this. The 1st month I had my phone I was without any data plan and I can surf the net fine connected to my Wifi.

 

For the purpose of this topic, I removed my sim card and turned on my phone. I can still surf the net connected to my Wifi.

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Donald
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Registered: ‎12-26-2008
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Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

You can also turn your data off so you won't have to worry about it being charged.

 

Menu>options>Mobile network, Then switch Data services to 'off'. It won't effect texting or anything (except email when you're not wifi.

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akadamikz
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Registered: ‎12-24-2008
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Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

When I turn off the data, the browser won't even load with the WiFi.  Therefore isn't turning off the data basically just shutting off any data being transferred?
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Donald
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Registered: ‎12-26-2008
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Re: Issue/Question about Internet connection with Blackberry Bold

I am not really sure. I'd like an answer to that as well.