Originally Posted by impdust
I wasn't worried about RIM alienating customers. My complaint was directly squarely at T-Mobile. They're forgetting about customers like me.
My blackberry is my personal blackberry. However, I do bring it into places that do not allow camera phones.
Someone else suggested buying an unlocked 7130. On eBay those go for $400. Whereas, the 8100 is supposed to have a price around $199. So I'm supposed to pay an extra $200 for a blackberry that doesn't have the mp3 player or camera, and doesn't work 100% on T-Mobile's network. That doesn't make sense to me.
I'm probably going to hold out a little longer and wait till the 8100's come out to see exactly what T-Mobile's offerings are. Worst case I'll just have to suffer through the larger form factor of the 8700.
The prices you're quoting for the 7130c/8100's are full price/discounted price w/2 yr contract, respectively. So if you're paying full price for both, it should be priced to within $50.00 of each other, i.e....... $350-$400, or somewhere around that.
I can guess that you're thinking; if you're coming off another carrier and switching to t-mobile, you can get the 8100 at $199, but if you're an existing t-mobile customer looking to upgrade, you will only get it at a slightly higher price. Moreover, as an existing t-mobile customer, you would have to buy the 7130c outright anyway and unlock it to use it on t-mobile. Kind of sucks, but that's the cold, hard reality for you.