I am a Fido Monthly (without contract) user and now I am thinking to sign the two year contract (need a better phone on low price). I will be getting the FidoCity 2000 + Sony Vivaz Pro.
Just wanted to ask that what are the restrictions of the $10 Fido's Unlimited Mobile Browsing option?
Like can I use youtube? file attachments in email? Online Navigation like Google Maps? active / live chat servers? etc.
Please me please.
Just now I had a chat with Fido person and he said that UMB user can not use YOUTUBE, FILE ATTACHMENTS With Emails, VoIP (MSN, Yahoo, Gmail voice chat) and NO GOOGLE Navigation.
Is the Fido guy is right or he is just being an a**?
I have been using youtube, emails, opera mini, other data apps for more than two years. Starting from the moto z6w, to T715a, to now vivaz pro,
I have never been charged for an extra cent on the data usage.
The CSRs in Fido always say that, even since the first day I got the service like you.
Quoted from Fido.ca
Enjoy the full mobile browsing experience including one-click access to popular sites such as GoogleTM, Yahoo!®, Windows LiveTM, FacebookTM and more. Use of data applications (i.e. Gmail, GoogleMaps) is also covered with these add-ons.
Once I got charged a lot for watching youtube on a moto U9.
On my LG Xenon, I've never been charged.
I can't watch youtube on my LG Gossip.......
Fab 10 National
200 minutes local + LD Canada
unlimited weekends/evenings after 6pm
Formally on Fido:
EPP (Killer plan) 200 daytime
unlimited evenings/weekends starting at 5pm
$15 Value Pack
Call + Name Display
50 Pic and Vid Mess.
Unlimited On Phone Browsing
vivaz pro is a terrible phone imo is it not?
I like my t715 better than vivaz pro...
Is Vivaz Pro really a bad phone for UMB?
For UMB, I think it's a great phone. So far, I've used it to retrieve email, get brief weather status (from SPB Mobile Shell), youtube (via Opera Mobile; app doesn't work well), Google Maps (GPS), googling for info, etc. Can't really complain with what you get with UMB and this phone.
Sorry, OT: Problem is Sony Ericsson already killed support for the phone. No planned firmware updates or upgrades for it. Fido doesn't want to update the phone to the latest firmware either (which was released in summer 2010). The Symbian OS is archaic to work with. The screen lock doesn't really work. If camera button is pressed down for a short period (while in pocket), it'll unlock the phone. Vibration is weak, as is the volume (even at the highest setting) when in a heavy coat pocket.
I easily get confused on whether it's kinetic or regular scrolling. It's not 'universal' throughout the phone. The screen protector is just garbage. I scratched it up real bad in my first week of use. I ordered a new one (from Brando) to replace it. I bought SPB Mobile Shell to get decent functions going (that should have been there in the first place).
No voice dialing (which doesn't bother me; never used it on any phone that has that feature).
Battery life is average and expected from this type of 'device'. It'll last a good day on moderate use. A few hours under heavy use. And 2-3 days on light use.
So far, I'm okay with the phone. Not too terribly impressed with the PDA aspect. Good hardware, but coupled with an old OS. Which is why I still have and use my PDA for more important tasks.
The 10 UMB covers exactly what it says it covers - Unlimited Mobile Browsing and, I guess, whatever browsing apps are available on the device.
As for email and instant message, it costs extra:
Here's how to use Mobile Mail
You could go with a data plan, I guess, and get it all covered. The Vivaz is, in some parts of the world, a smartphone although quite a neutered one.
Just go to the Fido website and it'll tell you everything. When they say that you can do all that rubbish, the descriptions are more..holistic rather than specific...the costs are all separate.
I'm not telling you anything that you can't just google for yourself
However - you can use the browser itself to check email. The Mobile Mail feature is for push email (or "suck" email). You may also be able to use Ebuddy or something on the browser. The IM costs are for IM specific apps. Basically, if you're using your browser, your UMB works. If you're using Apps that trigger the mobile mail or IM features, Fido won't let you use it until you pay for it (to keep you from using it by mistake and going broke like in the old days).
It seems like you already know what your needs are, to send file attachments, use third party apps, internet relay chat, etc, but you are kind of cheap, and want to see if you can get away with a on-device browsing data plan when you should be looking for a smartphone data plan? Save yourself the embarrasment and just get a smart phone data plan and use it for YOUR NEEDS, not what the device/plan limits you to. Thats the problem with most people, they don't like getting a data plan that fits their needs, instead they get the cheaper one and try to squeeze the most out of it, save yourself the hassle man, sometimes its more of a headache by doing this, cus if you do use an application that is not covered under the browsing terms, you will pay PPU rates for it, and if you do this a lot it might cost you MORE, and you will only stress yourself out worrying what you can and can't do. makes sense?
I put the "Ho" back in "HOFO"
In Aug '09, when Fido (and Rogers) changed the UMB pricing (from $7 to $10), they also started officially allowing 3rd party apps (3rd party apps need the internet apn, though some phones like Nokia's could get the apps to work on the wap apn).
Pretty much anything you do ON DEVICE is included, but you must use a Fido eligible device. There are some apps for email/IM that work good enough on the eligible dumbphone/FeaturePhones. Check getjar.com
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Even if you get a smartphone plan, the FidoIM and FidoMail applications arent covered anyway.
The only restrictions I know of between UMB and an actual smartphone data plan is tethering and device choice.
I've been using UMB for nearly 2 years now. Youtube, IM via nimbuzz or ebuddy application, IMAP emailing, opera mini browsing.
I've only been charged extra because I sent an IM via FidoIM and email through FidoMail (labeled as "IM" and "MobileMail" sometimes) just as a test.
+$25 Retention Voice
200 DT; 7pm 1000 EW
-$5 General Credit
+$10 UL Browsing
CID; 100 SMS