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Old Sep 4th, 2005, 03:25 PM   #1
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Charges For Checking Email on a PDA with GPRS

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I have a pocket pc and i plan to add a cf card to allow a sim card so that I can have GPRS/GSM. The cell phone plan company charges 3 cents a kb for internet usage. If I use the Inbox program on my Pocket PC to check my gmail, then how will i be charged? Will i need to pay a certain amount of money each time I check for email, or do I only pay when I recieve an email? or do I get charged for both checking for and recieving an email?

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Old Sep 4th, 2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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Hey Harrison, who is your wireless provider. Also, does your PDA have software on it to check pop email?
Most providers have a static monthly charge for data, although they all tend be a little different.
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Old Sep 4th, 2005, 08:49 PM   #3
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Most carriers charge based on ALL the data transmitted, while you are online with GPRS. So, you will get charged for just checking your email. But, at the same time, most carriers have alloted amounts of data usage per month, like 12 MB for example. So, all the data you send and receive is within this alloted amount, until you go over that amount, then more fees apply.
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Unless you have a business account (or work pays for it), be prepared for the shock of your life.

At this point in time (speaking from current experience with my Treo650), Roger's default data package for any user is 0kb/mb free and $0.05/kb. So to check your email, it could cost you as little as a quarter or a couple of dollars depending on how big you email box is, if you're using pop or imap, etc.

There are packages you have to subscribe to that are laid out here.

Telus, Fido (owned by Roger's now) and Bell are probably similar in their fee structures although Fido did have an 'all you can eat' plan for $50/month but I believe it's been discontinued.

It's way cheaper in the states...a friend has a $15/month unlimited data plan...doubtful we'll see anything like that up here anytime soon.
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Old Sep 6th, 2005, 02:03 PM   #5
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Yup, I do Rogers Data Technical support and the fees are definitely high. I've seen some data users with bills over $2000.00 (Blackberry's of course). If your phone has a symbian operating system, I suggest you check out www.getjar.com, this website has several e-mail clients available that help you compress data and save on data charges.
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