I’ve been playing around with the Blackberry Pearl that I received yesterday. It has a slick interface (once you get used to the little track ball navigation method) that is growing on me. But here’s the thing that has me a bit peeved. I think I have to pay extra to use the data features. Typically my unlimited subscription to Cingular’s Media Net plan allows me to surf and email with all the GSM phones I test. Not so with the Blackberry 8100. When I try to use the browser, I get an error saying that I don’t have any browser configuration service book entries and to contact my service provider to enable the browser on the device.
After several back and forth emails to Dave Rees (a Blackberry guru), he’s come to the conclusion that I have to subscribe to a $30/mo. BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) plan in order to use the data features on this particular phone. Anyone know any different? This is a Cingular locked phone. Maybe if there’s a way to unlock it, I would then be able to use the data features? I don’t want to do the push email, just surf and pop email. If you have some advice, please post :o)