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My Device: Curve 8310
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Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

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I'm thinking about buying a BB Curve 8520 and was wondering if 1) You can just use it w/o having a data plan, 2) If so, can I use the Wi-Fi to join my house network w/o having a data plan, and 3) Would I be able to download apps then, specifically Pandora?

 

I have AT&T by the way.

 

Thanks for the help,

theADOLESCENT

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

You'll be limited to a few apps that do work on WiFi only. You will not have access to any of the BlackBerry-specific apps like push email, BBMessenger, BlackBerry Maps, etc.

 

You will be able to download and Pandora radio.

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

Thank you for the quick reply.  I read the craiglist post wrong, it's not an ATT phone but a Vodafone which is apparantly a sister company of ATT, know if it'll work?  I won't need BBMessenger or any of that stuff.

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

Yes, a Vodafone branded device, unlocked will work fine on ATT.

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

I don't think this one is unlocked.  Is it difficult to unlock?

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

Pretty simple... read this:  Guide to Unlocking your BlackBerry & Unlock Codes

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

Thanks for the link.  I didn't know you would have to pay to unlock it but maybe I can haggle the price of the phone down with that info haha.

 

So just to clarify, I WILL be able to surf the net on WiFi, I just won't be able to download certain BB exclusive apps.

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

That is correct. You can use the wifi browser just fine. If you use the browser to go to www.blackberry.com/appworld you can get the latest version of AppWorld that should work over wifi. I haven't tried it on the older devices though but it should work.

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

Okay guys, I got the blackberry and I'm working on unlocking it.  Does anyone know how to make sure no data is used from my network and only data from wifi is accepted?

 

Thanks

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Re: Can you use Wi-Fi w/o data plan on BB 8520?

You won't be using much data without a data plan.

 

  • Turn ON and connect to a WiFi router.
  • You will see the WiFi bars on the home screen in grey. The WiFi router will have a white check mark beside it indicating you are connected to WiFi, but not to a BIS data plan.
  • Turn OFF you mobile network.
  • Yes, that means you will not have access to voice or SMS while you are using data, but this will ensure you are using no mobile data.

It's what you've chosen to do.

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