Yes, as a deaf person myself, BB is considered as a "cellphone" for the deaf. I brag all the time about the battery longevity... Many deaf people love Sidekick II (Danger) which has a very short battery life, you have to charge it every night!!!!! Not for me and my household! I gave my 11 year old daughter my old 7230 and I use 7290. My son wants 7105 and I plan on giving him one. Blackberry runs in our blood.