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Old 01-11-2009, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Folks. New poster here.

This is my first blackberry and I've got to say that I'm impressed, almost across the board. And the things that I don't like that much, also happen to not really matter. lol.

I've been through only a couple of "big named" phones, since I only upgrade when my 2 year contract is up, as is the case now. I had the Motorola V9 but most recently I had the Palm Treo 750 and stuck with it longer than any other phone I've had. I liked the Treo mostly because text messages were organized by conversations with individuals. It's sad that this is the only thing I happen to find useful, but it seems like everything else I tried using: email, document reading, alarm , ringtones, and etc. always seemed to have glitches (or were impossible to figure out). And I couldn't really access full webpages (is this common among most smartphones?), so just being introduced to a blackberry for the internet capabilities alone was a welcome change.

While I'm very happy with the Bold and all that it does, I find myself struggling to organize access to all the messages, which is what is most important to me. There's the SMS, BBMessenger, Messages, and Email Messages, and some seem a little redundant. I think that it makes more sense to just have BBmessenger, SMS, and email and NOT the all encompassing message folder. or to just have the latter. I suspect that this is possible. Anyone know how to manipulate this? Is it not a good idea to delete the general messages folder?

For the first Bold that I had for the past week, I had downloaded the Google Mobile App which ended up being really redundant since I was already getting my email directly. So on my second device (I got a 2nd device because the headphones were only working in one ear---not because the device itself was shotty---but I replaced the whole thing because I was concerned about this possibility), I left off the mobile app to minimize all the red light alerts.

Also, I wish all my friends had a blackberry with a data plan because blackberry messenger is the closest thing (and far superior) to the treo 750's text messaging conversation setup. The delivered/read notifications are awesome. The regular SMS organization on the bold seems disjointed in comparison. Regarding SMS, I have a grandfather plan that happens to include 1500 messaging so I'd like to be conscious of how many text messages i'm send out, particularly if I'm sending out longer messages (that are split up into several individual text messages). Does the Bold keep track of this as messages are being configured?

I'd also like google chat/talk, too. Is there any chance that this might become available soon? I tried to download it and it didn't work, so I'm thinking configuration issues.

Your insights are welcome.

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First of all, welcome to Blackberry forums and the Blackberry world.
And the reason you found most things on the Palm to be glitchy was because it has windows mobile pro on it. Unfortunately everything Windows makes is buggy. For the app's you're looking for, check the "RIM Software" and "Aftermarket Software" section. And when you send a long message, it counts as multiple messages because an SMS can only hold a certain amount of characters. Enjoy the bold.
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