I know that the samsung corby can do wi-fi without a data plan but what other phones does rogers offer that I can use wi-fi?
You're wrong. I have a blackberry curve 8900 and when I took out my data plan, my wifi didn't work anymore. I called rogers and they said that I needed to have a data plan to use wifi.
If I was rich, I would cancel my plan with them now but I don't have the money. I would NEVER EVER recommend rogers to anyone EVER.
I personally owned the 8900, and can say that Wi-Fi does work without a data plan. Even without a SIM card installed. You may have experienced that your internet browser doesn't work, because the default options in the browser are to use 'Internet Browser' - it must be configured for 'HotSpot Browser' to work without a connection to the BIS infrastructure. You will also find it is a lot slower on the 8900 without BIS, as the OS 5 browser is very ineffecient, and it is helped a lot by the precomression done by BIS servers.
You will find that e-mail, BBM, and appworld will not work at all without BIS. Some 3rd party apps will fail as well if they don't know how to use alternate connection methods.
Pauly's got the best answer of the bunch. It's hard to say from phone to phone. Some things you CAN count on are the following:
- BlackBerry phones receive their data once it has passed through RIM's servers and has been compressed before being sent to your phone. In order to know how to do that, they require that service books be sent to the phone itself. These are like the instruction manuals for your phone. These service books can only be sent to your phone if it has a SIM card associated with BIS. Yes, you might still be able to do some mild surfing, but for the most part you're not going to get much from your BlackBerry without BIS.
- (That's really all I've got. I thought I had enough to make a couple of points, but apparently not. My first point was strong enough to stand on its own.)
Oh, one more thing. If you have to do a lot of browsing and you don't have BIS, the Opera Mini browser works without BIS being in place.
I hope I've been helpful.
I think it's the OS that's the problem. My phone's software has recently been upgraded (after a total wipe) and WiFi doesn't work anymore. Can't get App World to work either, so I can't reload any of my favourite apps. The telephone "help" for the pay-as-you go corner of Rogers isn't good at solving problems - absolutely horrible, in fact. Always different "solutions" and/or "causes". I dare say they even lie. I'm hoping the guy that "upgraded" my phone has a solution. If not then I'm gonna have to clench my fists and march up to that giant green palace of total, unfettered capitalism and brand narcissism, pull back the wizard's curtain and ask. Have you noticed how they lock the default browser's home page to Rogers now, and made the bookmarks folder called Rogers. There are also implanted specific Rogers app sites. Et cetera, et cetera... It's a sad day when somebody joins a forum solely because Rogers pay-as-you-go is causing them trouble. [Kilroy was here]
* requires minimum 4 month subscription