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msd1962
Posts: 90
Registered: ‎01-24-2010
My Device: BlackBerry Z10

BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

I am currently on a holiday outside my country and have deactivated my Data Service as it would otherwise cost me a bomb. To my pleasant surprise....my BBM and Email services are working over the WiFi connection provided by the hotel....In fact, my son who does not have even international roaming activated on his Torch 9810 is thrilled to see his BBM woking.....

 

This is Great......

 

Anyone has any idea whether it use to be the case even earlier???? As I did not try it earlier.....

 

If RIM has provided this feature.....Great Job RIM....Thanx

 

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lendrema
Posts: 6
Registered: ‎05-11-2012
My Device: BB 9550

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

however, I am not able to activate that specific feature on my STORM 9550. Anyone can assist me on this ? Thanks in advance

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BillJ
Posts: 8,978
Registered: ‎01-05-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z30

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

This is VERY new.  Only today did I find out about using Wi-Fi without Data Services, but it was with OS 7.1 and I assumed it was a feature of that OS only.

 

 

I'm looking around to see what else I can find out about this feature.  :smileyhappy:


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John_Clark
Posts: 16,219
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.0.1154; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

[ Edited ]

This is likely because your BIS service is still active but the carrier blocked your Internet access since it's just a temporary block.

If you were to cancel your service and they deactivated your BIS account you would likely lose access.

As BillJ suggests, however, recently things have changed to where some apps like Twitter, Facebook, and AppWorld will connect via wifi only with no data plan at all. This only works with newer versions of these apps, though. BBM and email are still not accessibie without a BIS plan, though.

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BillJ
Posts: 8,978
Registered: ‎01-05-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z30

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

[ Edited ]

John_Clark wrote:
BBM and email are still not accessibie with a BIS plan, though.


Sorry, John, did you mean they are not accessible WITHOUT a BIS plan?  I'll have to refute that statement with the BBM because earlier today I was able to send a broadcast BBM to many members and I did so using Wi-Fi with my Data Services set to OFF.  I have BIS on my SIM card but my Data was not turned on.

 

Being able to access certain apps via Wi-Fi alone is still quite new to us and it'll take some more exploring before we can fully understand what is and isn't accessible by what channels.  :smileyhappy:


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John_Clark
Posts: 16,219
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My Device: BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.0.1154; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

That is what I meant...thanks for the correction.

 

There is a difference between turning off the data services and still being able to use BBM and not having a BIS plan on the device at all. 

 

Some apps are now able to be used over wifi alone with no BIS plan but BBM and BIS email are not included. 

 

A device with no sim card will be able to use Facebook, Twitter, and AppWorld over wifi, however, email and BBM will still not work. 

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msd1962
Posts: 90
Registered: ‎01-24-2010
My Device: BlackBerry Z10

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

However, Facebook App does not work unless you have active data service on your handset....Twitter, Linkedin are working fine over WiFi connection.....

 

In any case one can go thru browser to access FB account.

 

It is obvious that you need to have active BIS account in your home country to get the benefit of BBM and Email Service on WiFi when internationally roaming......I don't imagine someone buying BB device just as any other handset anyways...But if there are some I am not sure whether someone has tried PIN message?

 

Has anyone used PIN message without BBM setting?

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BillJ
Posts: 8,978
Registered: ‎01-05-2009
My Device: BlackBerry Z30

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

@John_Clark, thank you for the clarification.  :smileyhappy:


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heatseeker007
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎05-11-2013
My Device: Blackberry Curve 9600

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

Hey Guys,

 

Well you can use Facebook, Twitter and other apps using Wifi even though you do not have an active BIS Subscription. Also this is possible only in the OS 7.1. Hope this clarifies :smileyhappy:

 

Regards,

Alan

 

 

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John_Clark
Posts: 16,219
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.0.1154; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917

Re: BBM and Mail service works on WiFi without data connection while Roaming

It's actually available in all the OS versions, not just 7.1. You do have to have the latest versions of those apps, though.
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