07-05-2012 06:57 PM - last edited on 07-05-2012 06:59 PM by Andy
Hi there, I am going to Florida for a few weeks shortly and was wondering if my facebook and bbm will still work. I am on a pay monthly contract, if it will work, how much extra will it cost?
07-05-2012 07:01 PM
It will work but you will have to pay significant roaming charges from America. The cheapest thing to do is make sure roaming is off and use a WiFi connection.
However I don't think BBM will work on WiFi as it needs to be connected to the Blackberry BIS servers.
08-05-2012 04:06 PM - edited 08-05-2012 04:07 PM
If you have data services on & set for roaming (and your account is good for roaming) both Facebook & BBM apps will work in the USA but data use over there is expensive (http://campaigns.vodafone.co.uk/goingabroad/costs.
To be certain that the BB uses no data you will have to make sure that Data Services are Off (or, at least, Off When Roaming). All smartphones are constantly polling backwards & forwards with small amounts of data.
A recent thread discussed data settings & wifi when abroad. There was some debate as to whether BBM will work over wifi - mine does (even with the Mobile Network switched off & Data Services disabled) but one of the other posters said not.
BBM is pretty light on data - I think it works on a push basis the same as BB email. However, the Facebook app will be constantly checking the server (and using data in the process). I would suggest disabling the app and using the website maybe once or twice a day over your hotel's wifi. I know the cold-turkey approach will be difficult but it's better than returning home to a huge bill!
My sister-in-law went to Mexico last year and came back to a bill of around £200 (not Vodafone I hasten to add) ... thanks purely to Facebook!