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# 127245 3-Aug-2013 19:33
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Hey guys.


I bought a second hand blackberry on Trademe.


I read you need a special plan for it to work with the Telecom's internet service.

I just want to know more.

Would my existing smart 19 plan work, or would I have to upgrade to a totally different plan.

My base account, is a prepay account, and I don't want to switch to an on account plan at all costs.


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  # 871355 3-Aug-2013 19:38
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If you want BBM then you would need to subscribe to a BIS plan with Telecom which is a on account plan. Pretty sure email setup will also require the BIS plan. With smart 19 plan on prepaid, you will be able to browse the web on the browser, text and call.

Do whatever you want to do man.


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  # 871358 3-Aug-2013 19:46
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You only need a special plan if the BlackBerry device is not running BlackBerry OS 10 (in New Zealand currently this is the Z10 only). All older devices would need a BIS plan for most of the things to work.


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  # 871370 3-Aug-2013 20:02
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I think you can just add on the blackberry 100mb extra which will give you access to the bis services. Could be wrong tho.

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  # 871387 3-Aug-2013 20:42
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Thanks guys, can somebody please post me a link with the part of the telecom website with the info on the BIS plans. I don't think it's a Z10, it's one of the older ones.


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  # 871389 3-Aug-2013 20:53
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If you are using a BB10 device then you can use your Prepaid plan as it is (or any other current plan)

If you are using a pre BB10 device and want to use all of the features you will need a pay monthly account. Telecom closed down new BIS connections on 19th June 2013. You can only do a new connection onto the more expensive BES plans. 

You need a pay monthly plan (Smart One Bill, Biz Industry or Biz Association plans only) then purchase a BES bolt on:

100MB - $30.61
400MB - $35.72
1GB - $71.51

Smart One Bill will be best option as no monthly rental charge for base plan but you will need to have your landline with Telecom to be eligble.

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