Thanks Jeff, We'll try the blackberry tethering thing for sure. If it works well, it would save the cost of the aircard.
The phone articles on your website are excellent. The one thing I have not been able to find out yet is how BTC charges for data service
. For example, with our AT&T service
, our data plan for the aircard is unlimited for $60 mo (I dont think they offer these anymore - these days its $60/mo for 5gb which might as well be unlimited).
On the blackberrys, there is a data plan (5gb I think) and also a minutes plan (I cant remember how many - more than I ever use). My understanding is that the minutes are only used when making phone calls. We can use the data plan to surf the internet, check email
, etc without using any minutes.
BTC's website shows post paid service plans with various rates for minutes with an unlimited data package add on for 24.99. What I am curious about is, for example, can we sign up for a 100 minute plan at 19.99 per month, add an unlimited data plan for 24.99 per month, and truly get unlimited data like we do here in the states?
In other words, if this works, we would could tether the blackberry to the laptop and be able to connect to the internet anywhere we could get BTC gsm phone service and get unlimited internet access for $45/mo.
Or does the time spent connected to the internet count against your minutes as well? Which means that the data is unlimited, but the connection time is limited to 100 minutes (or however many minutes are in the plan).
If this works, it would be much cheaper ($45 month) and far more available than wifi.
For that matter, does BTC offer data only plans for aircards?
I know BTC's gsm network is pretty new. I was hoping that we would hear back from some folks after this season in the Bahamas.