I've been provided a very snazzy BB device from abroad, to test on local networks (voda, telecom, 2-deg, b&w, etc); has WiFi, & a whole bunch of other bells & whistles.
I've been badly burnt by numerous mobile co's in the past (hidden costs, undeclared subscriptions, privacy, quality & service issues), therefore I no longer make use of contracted services & work solely from pre-paid (once bitten, twice shy), especially in testing & work-related exercises. (multiple networks, multiple SIM's)
So, what I'm hoping/planning to do is use the device as a *normal* smartphone, but many of the DEVICE's functionality is not available, such a a very simple IMAP email client that is available on ANY smartphone & on the majority of not-so-smart-phones.
It seem that I have to "activate" the device against a BES/BIS service in order to unlock this functionality, which will again lock me into an extended contract as exorbitant costs for services I do not want: IMAP (IDLE) is good enough, and I'm not interested in "BB-push"
Other little annoyances: no PDF reader available (J2ME or otherwise), can't find a softphone (no fring, skype or iskoot client; gizmo5 is a no-go), poor non-win support
Do I absolutely HAVE to sign up for a BES/BIS service via my mobile network, or is there some other way around these restrictions? I'm interested in the device, not so much the service at this juncture (which I'll get around to at a later stage)
If someone can please give me some insight into this matter, will appreciate it