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    Going to States then Bahamas.. should I bring my phone?

    I booked a flight to the states in December. I will be staying there for three days, and then I will be going on a cruise to the Bahama's for a week.

    I'm wondering if it's worth it for me to bring my blackberry with me. Really, all I would just need my phone for email. I wouldn't use it for calling out or any other kind of data usage.

    I know I will be getting reception in the States, but how big will my phone bill be that month? Does email use a lot of data? Also, will I be able to check email in the Bahama's, and what would the fees be like there? Should I be looking at getting one of the US data plans for the 3 days (and are they worth it?). And are there plans for the Bahamas - would I need one?

    Thanks!

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    Greetings.

    We have got the similar questions recently. Please check out the following threads for some insights first...

    http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...g-Rates-Passes
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...n-(Cruise-Ship)

    If your means of communication is mission critical - even during your vacation, then money is no object for the convenience. It is likely an one-time event, not worthy for subscribing specific plans which designed for heavier usage pattern for extended period outside the country. Perhaps you should consider the two-way satellite communication too. Otherwise, it is not worthy for the expensive charges.

    So enjoy your trip in the sunshine

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    Well, having the phone isn't critical but it would be out of convenience. From what I read, its $25/mb in the Bahamas? How many mb should email take? Also, what are the U.S. rates?

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    You can take steps to minimize your data on a blackberry. A few MB of usage in total if you remove any third party apps that may update in the background. Turn off the HTML rendering feature on email, setup BIS server side filters to only forward messages that you consider important.

    Remember that on HSPA you will be charged a roaming fee on text messages in the USA even for incoming messages. On CDMA they do not charge any roaming fees on text messages in the USA (yet). You can try and disable your inbound SMS before you leave if you want to avoid paying for these.

    Best to try things out before you leave and watch the data usage page to see how little data you need.

    On cruise ships I would leave the phone turned off.
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    ^ Let's not forget about that outside of the US there is a "20KB per session" rule, and data is billed in incremements of 20KB. Even a small amount of actual data can add up when they bill you like this.
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