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Old 12-27-2009, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default UMA phone choices: To Flip or Not?

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My wife already has a 9700 for data. She wants a separate phone for voice, and prefers flip-style phones, but a slider might be OK. Because of coverage issues in several of her locations, I'd like to get her a UMA-capable phone.

Choices:
1. A Blackberry 8220 flip WITHOUT a data plan.
Can this Blackberry get UMA calling access without a data plan (Blackberry or otherwise)?
What about using WiFi services that require access to a web sign-in? Can the 8220 browser be set to hotspot-only access and work for the WiFi web sign-in without a data plan?

2. A Samsung Katalyst (a slider)
Will it work for good or better than Blackberry UMA calling?
Can it access WiFi sign-in screens without a data plan?
Any other notes?

3. A Samsung T339 flip
Will it work for good or better than Blackberry UMA calling?
Can it access WiFi sign-in screens without a data plan?
Any other notes?

Any other suggestions or cautions? Any rumors on new UMA T-Mobile phones, Blackberry or otherwise?
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