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March 21st 2011 7:18 pm

Is it possible to use the Blackberry 8530 (Verizon version) just over wifi without a phone contract?

I have one of these lying around not currently on a contract and I'd like to use this as a way to use email, Twitter, Facebook, etc... at home. I actually sort of enjoy using it over my Droid X for these tasks. The problem is that its seems like nothing works just over wifi except for the Twitter app.

Is this something Blackberry/Verizon does to cripple the phone if it doesn't have a data plan or do I need to change something buried in the settings?
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cass' pick

Nah, it's something RIM does. I think since all data goes through RIM's infrastructure, there needs to be some kind of authentication on the carrier side. I've never been able to use a BlackBerry as a Wi-Fi-only device.
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