Thread: 8330 vs 8350i
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Old 02-23-2009, 09:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was in your shoes about a week ago. I had Nextel for over 2 years and absolutely loved them. The call quality was FANTASTIC and my i870/i880/i580 never dropped a call.

After playing around with the 8350i and the Sprint 8330, I actually liked the Nextel version better. It seemed to feel better, it looked better, and the keyboard seemed "softer" than its Sprint counterpart (which I liked). However, iDEN data speeds are BRUTAL compared to Sprint's 3G capability. This is why the Nextel device doesn't support "streaming" like Sprint.

For me it came down to data speeds. If I was going to upgrade to a new Blackberry, I wanted 3G speeds that would allow me to utilize everything it had to offer. That is why I ended up going with the Sprint 8330.

Also, because I couldn't bring myself to totally ditch Nextel, I still have one of my old handsets activated on a Boost prepaid "Pay As You Go" SIM. All you have to do to keep the account active is add $10 every 3 months. It's the best of both worlds, Sprint 3G 8330 and a Nextel i580 .

Good luck in your decision, but if it was me I'd switch to Sprint.
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