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Reduce Smartphone Roaming charges – Blackberry

Reduce Smartphone Roaming charges

BlackberryRoamingReducing Smartphone roaming charges, is often ignored by users. especially blackberry users as most long time BB users are used to flat monthly data fees. Since BES10 however data is charged per megabyte and it’s become very important to educate these users on how to minimize roaming charges.

All Smartphones are automatically “always on”, this means the device is constantly checking the internet for new mails, social app updates, etc.

In the context of this notification (Blackberry), when a new email arrives, they are forwarded directly to your BlackBerry. When your BlackBerry receives the emails, 5-10 kilobytes of data are used every time, whether you open and read the email messages or not.

As a result, while traveling, even if you do not open the email messages that you receive on your BlackBerry, there is still data being used for each email message received these are charged as a data roaming fee.

To avoid these expensive data roaming charges, it is critical you turn off data services on your BlackBerry while traveling, and use available Wi-Fi Connections wherever possible, this can be done as follows:

Steps turn off the data feature on a BlackBerry

Older Blackberry’s

  1. On the BlackBerry handheld, press the Menu key to display all the icons.
  2. Scroll and select the “Manage Connections” icon. A pop-up menu will ope
  3. Scroll and select the “Mobile Network Options”. In the screen that appears, ‘Data Services’ will display “On”.
  4. Click “On” and, from the list provided, select either:
  • “Off” to disable data anywhere, or
  • “Off When Roaming” to disable data only when you leave Saskatchewan.
  1. Press the Menu key.
  2. Click “Save”.

Newer Blackberry’s

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings > Network Connections > Mobile Network.
  3. If the Mobile Network switch is off, set it to On.
  4. In the Data services while roaming drop-down list, tap Off or Prompt.

Note: Voice and text messaging are the only services that will work when Data Services is turned off.

Benefits of using Wi-Fi service to connect to the Internet while traveling:

  • There are no charges on your cellular bill for using Wi-Fi service with your BlackBerry. However, you may have to pay to use the Wi-F Service (usually by billing to your room or by credit card if you are in a pay-per-use hotspot area (e.g. Hotel, Airport or coffee shop).
  • Speeds are often much faster than local mobile networks
  • Connections are more reliable than local cellular service and not as susceptible to signal issues.

How to connect Wi-Fi from a BlackBerry?

Older Blackberry’s

  1. When in range of Wi-Fi network go to: Manage Connection->Mobile Network = off; this will ensure that you are not connecting to a mobile tow
  2. Turn on Wi-Fi: Manage Connections > Wi-Fi Network = o
  3. Search for WIFI connection.

Newer Blackberry’s

  1. On the home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. If the Wi-Fi switch is Off, set it to On.
  4. Tap an available Wi-Fi network. (Allow time for the phone so search for available networks.
  5. If the screen requesting a password appears, enter the password for the Wi-Fi network.
  6. Tap Connect.