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Old 01-05-2009, 05:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I'm a Mac guy, so when the iPhone 3G came out, I ditched my AT&T Curve and went for it. The Curve was a bit of a drag for three reasons:

- The dust under the screen got absolutely overwhelming
- Missing Sync was problematic with the phone and my Mac with iCal and Address Book
- It would crash a fair bit.

So then I got an iPhone 3G. Nice. Very elegant. Lots of fun apps. Syncs beautifully. Great iPod. Then the honeymoon was over, and I discovered:

- A virtual keyboard just doesn't compete
- Separate email inboxes for each account - a real hassle
- Expensive data plans
- And most of all: NO BLACKBERRY MESSENGER!

My wife and I used to ROCK that when we had Blackberries. SO slick. Now we talk less, because she hates the iPhone keyboard, and texting just doesn't have the same speed. That's the backstory. Here are my questions:

1) On AT&T, can I use Blackberry messenger internationally? Will I be billed extra by AT&T for the use of it, beyond my data plan? (I'm about to travel a bit).
2) Does it get dust under the screen like my Curve did?
3) Can someone compare the call quality to that of the iPhone, or the Curve for that matter?

Thanks so much in advance!
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome back!

Not entirely sure about AT&T but I expect there will be a charge for BB Messenger when you're roaming. That said, I think the cost will be miniscule. The amount of data used for messages is just so tiny.

No dust! None. Haven't heard of anyone in the forums with problems. The Bold LCD is a new type and there is no gap for dust to collect.

Call quality is good. Probably just what you were used to with the Curve. I don't get a 3G signal very often but by most accounts it is even better.
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Very helpful, thank you much!

Anyone else have anything to add regarding BB Messenger, and using it internationally via AT&T?
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You get charged for data roaming for the country your going to, that's it.
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IIRC, I read somewhere on a forum (dont remember which one) that if you turn on WiFi you can send BBMs through the WiFi... I might be mistaken on that, so I would search about WiFi usage. Good Luck!
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Yes, BB Messenger works over WiFi.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You get charged for data roaming for the country your going to, that's it.
Meaning, if I have a Blackberry international data plan through AT&T (those plans that are around $70), then I'd be covered? I was looking through this page, and trying to ascertain where BB Messenger fits in:

AT&T International | Wireless from AT&T, formerly Cingular
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You don't get charged separately for BBM. It uses the data plan that you have. If you have wifi connection, you can use your messenger there to (even receive emails).

I bought the Bold as soon as it was available in our area. I was really hating my 8320 coz of the dust. Bold doesn't have that problem fortunately
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i came of the iPhone hype my self and i dont miss it 1 bit
first BB for me and best choice ever =)
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Thank you SO much everybody. Most helpful!
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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An international plan will cover you, I turned it on when I went to Mexico and then back off when I got home and I was covered. The Bold call quality is quite good, much better than the Curve (IMHO) and maybe slightly better than the iPhone 1.0 I briefly used.
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