Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Data and Roaming - some clarification for 'newby'

Jump to last reply

It was suggested to repost here for more 'traffic' since I'm asking about using my BB in Europe..

I've been using my first 'smart phone' (Blackberry) for a few months, and will be taking it to Europe (GSM /freq capable). I've used my other cell in Europe before, but it wasn't a smartphone. So - - want to make sure I understand more about data usage when roaming, vs. wifi, etc.

I will call Sprint soon and discuss that I want to use the phone internationally. I believe I will go into 'Manage Connections' and select "Off" for both 'Data' and 'Roaming' the day we depart for Europe.

I want to be able to make/receive phone calls and send/receive text messages. My understanding is these services do not involve 'data' but will be priced at different scale outside of my US plan.

I want to be able to send/receive email and believe I must wait for wifi hotspot to do this to avoid 'data' usage. (I will need to go to my internet email site -not- the 'messages' area on my phone)

I want to be able to use the Internet and understand I must use wifi to avoid charges.

Lastly, to use any 'apps' stored on my phone
- - if they use GPS they won't work b/c I will have 'data' and 'roaming' turned off ?
(ex. any Maps utilities)
- - if they connect with Internet they won't work unless I'm logged into a wifi site b/c I will have 'data' and 'roaming' turned off?

Am I 'getting' it? Thanks!

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Where to go from Brussels?
  2. 2 Trip Report T-Mobile International Roaming in Europe: a Trip Report
  3. 3 Barclays ATMs in England - fee question
  4. 4 What to wear
  5. 5 Day trip from Tallin to Hellsinki
  6. 6 Restaurants in Rome near Campo de Fiori or Piazza Navana
  7. 7 Suggestions on how best to spend our time in Lyon
  8. 8 I need a haircut
  9. 9 We Need a Pact
  10. 10 London neighborhood suggestions
  11. 11 Has anyone visited Tinos?
  12. 12 Murren/Wengen in 3 days?
  13. 13 Interesting markets to visit in Paris
  14. 14 Aberdeen Angus steakhouse
  15. 15 Switzerland itinerary help - 1 week Lauterbrunnen, 1 week ??
  16. 16 Trip Report Venice, April 2014. Some thoughts ...
  17. 17 Istanbul - Itinerary recommendations
  18. 18 All you need in croatia
  19. 19 Travel from Split to Zadar
  20. 20 Tipping in Greece
  21. 21 Bayern seasonal pass
  22. 22 Lake Como 3 Stretch and 7 Stretch Ferry Tickets
  23. 23 Trip Report Nice, Avignon, St Remy and Toulouse trip report.
  24. 24 Need help making VIP seat reservations on Golden Pass train
  25. 25 Italy vacation rental help
View next 25 » Back to the top