View Full Version : Sprint / Nextel BBs

06-06-2006, 09:50 PM
Ive had Nextel FOREVER. the service is OK in my area. I want to get into a BB. not sure about the 7100 series...however...

I am now eligeable for the SERO plan on Nextel or Sprint...thing is...I cant switch between the two. It has to be a NEW service. So, I'm stuck paying the $150 ETF, which I can swallow...

Sprint does NOT have the BB on the SERO site. Nextel does. and the SERO unlimited BB plan is ONLY 19.99...

opinions...are the data speeds on Nextel's BB reliable? fast enough?? Should I port to Sprint, forget SERO, and pay the extra $40 for unlimited BB? Is that worth it...

Or, if I'm going to end up paying the ETF anyways...switch into something like Tmobile, Verizon, or Cingular...

I hope I didnt ask too many ?s, but I'm stuck in a rut here...just looking for some advice...

06-06-2006, 11:35 PM
The iDEN network does not support broadband - EVDO - like the CDMA network does. The unlimited plan on CDMA includes PAM at no extra cost. TMo and Cingular can't match EVDO speeds. VZ offers it but charges extra for PAM.
The iDEN data network is very stable and reliable. If you use PTT none compare either.

06-06-2006, 11:49 PM
Wirelessly posted (7100i: BlackBerry7100i/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/103)

What is sero?

06-07-2006, 12:05 AM
First thing is which company has the best coverage in your area? This is the determining factor.

Then you can pick which plan you can afford. You MUST have a Data Plan to use your BlackBerry to send and receive email, IM's and PIN messages. Compare prices on limited and unlimited data packages. I saw somewhere else that some companies limit the amount of data you can use per month without an unlimited package.

If you want a BB you can tether to a notebook, or use as a modem while travelling (tethering is possible with a Windows-based PC, not a Mac), you should go for something like Sprint's EV-D0 or Verizon's Broadband Access network service.

However, if you want to synch with a Mac, you can use Pocket Mac. It has some ups and downs, as you will find out on the forum if you have a Mac, but I've also seen that it works.

The 7100 series BlackBerry devices are pretty cool devices. It's the only series I've ever used after changing from the 7730's I had. I couldn't stand the full keyboard, lack of backlighting and customization at the time. I was a happy camper when I got my first 7100t. 3 BB's later, I'm on my 7105t and am as happy as I was with the first 7100t. I love being able to change themes (these are available on the 72xx, 75xx, and 8700 series devices also), have more applications than before, use SureType (almost like T9 on a regular cell phone but it is more like word prediction. It learns your typing patterns, words and phrases as you type).

I personally love the smaller size of the 7100 series as they allow me to multitask and I can find interesting places to put a phone when out (I don't have much of a lap or a use for a belt clip).

It's really your preference as to whether you want the full keyboard or the smaller 7100 series BlackBerry but choose whatever fits your needs. Just be sure to get the Equipment Protection and cover the cost of a replacement device should something ever happen to it. And activate it within the first 14 days after you receive the device.

Welcome to BlackBerry World and let us know what you pick. Good luck and prepare to become addicted.

two-gun kid
06-07-2006, 06:07 AM
ive had my 7100i(nextel) for a month and a half, and i love it.

06-07-2006, 01:51 PM
Wirelessly posted (7100i: BlackBerry7100i/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/103)

What is sero?
You get a discount if you know a Sprint employee. Sprint Employee Referral Offer, or something like that.