Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blackberry Help 5: Random data charges???

Number 5 in this series of Blackberry How To**

Noticed some odd daily data usage and at random times. Could it be Opera Mini or maybe LogicMail? Ok 5 cents per connection isn't much but it's annoying considering it's only 5 cents to download a whole MB. I'm not even doing a full download.

Tried to stop it by wiping the APN Setup
Options -> Advanced Options -> TCP -> APN: [Blank]
Nope didn't work.

Just tried turning off data services.
Options -> Mobile Network -> Data Services [Changed to OFF]
Fingers crossed this will do the trick.

** More as a memory jogger for myself rather than for any greater noble purpose

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Aldi? Mobile?

I rue the demise of Crazy John's. Their service was excellent, even though helpdesk had an Indian accent. The $15 prepaid recharge that lasts 90 days, the 1c SMS, the free 500Mb data with every recharge and unlimited talk to others on the Crazy John's network. I could go the whole year and not exceed $60. For $29 extra you can add 6 months of Blackberry service.

Vodafone took over CJ a while ago and then decided to pull the plug. Their offering is 28c per SMS and calls charged at 89c per 1 minute plus 35c connection fee. Tried it, didn't like it. 

Went for the Aldi offering. Aldi, the German supermarket chain, running on Telstra's 3G network. I get 12c SMS, 12c per minute calls and 5c per Mb data, all on a 365 day credit expiry. Number porting was a simple online affair. Activated my SIM at 7:30pm, number ported by 8:00pm.

Still to call helpdesk, hope I get a nice fraulein helping me out...