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Which one is better/ has more features?

I was originally attracted more to the curve, but when i found it had no 3G, i was put off.

So, which is better, the 8900 or the 9000.

I would primarily use it for calls texts and surfing the web.

Also, is the java on the Bold good, and does the Curve have java?

Also, another point is, is the G1 any good/better than these 2 phones? It seems a strong contender, but i am not primarily focused on it at the moment.
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8900 or 9000? ("New Curve" vs. "Bold)

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It depends on what you're looking for:

Do you have T-Mobile? If so, then you can use UMA with the 8900 and make calls through WiFi. Also, on that note, if you have T-Mobile, 3G on the 9000 won't do you any good since T-Mobile doesn't support the band that the AT&T 3G uses.

If you're on AT&T, I would go with the 9000.
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It depends on what you're looking for:

Do you have T-Mobile? If so, then you can use UMA with the 8900 and make calls through WiFi. Also, on that note, if you have T-Mobile, 3G on the 9000 won't do you any good since T-Mobile doesn't support the band that the AT&T 3G uses.

If you're on AT&T, I would go with the 9000.
I am from England, so i can pretty much go with anything, that's why i am talking strictly phone specifications, and basically why you would pick a Curve over a Bold without all this UMA stuff.
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mckinneycm makes a very good point by saying it depends on what you're looking for. Personally I think the Bold is the BEST Blackberry there is. The specs show that the Bold is the most powerful BB available. It has a stronger processor, 3G, wifi and a few other things that make it more powerful. The 8900 is a great phone, but lacks the power of the Bold. It is smaller which is nice, and it does have a 3.2 mp camera vs the bold's 2.0 mp camera. It really depends on you, personally the Bold is the more superior phone.
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I forgot to mention some other things. UMA is only available when you have access to a surrounding wifi. UMA is great in that you can make very crisp calls without any drops, but that doesn't mean you have UMA capabilities everywhere (on the road, at friends houses, at work, etc.). 3G is a bit different, and frankly a lot better to have. So all this talk about UMA really needs to stop, it's an added feature not the sole purpose to buying these phones. Specs wise, the Bold wins.
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So all this talk about UMA really needs to stop, it's an added feature not the sole purpose to buying these phones.
I beg to differ. It IS the sole purpose for buying that device to some. There are a lot of T-Mobile users that have poor/no coverage within their home. This solves that problem and is a HUGE selling point.
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I beg to differ. It IS the sole purpose for buying that device to some. There are a lot of T-Mobile users that have poor/no coverage within their home. This solves that problem and is a HUGE selling point.
Well, as already stated, it does not affect me, so, accepting that UMA is useless to me, what phone is better?
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I beg to differ. It IS the sole purpose for buying that device to some. There are a lot of T-Mobile users that have poor/no coverage within their home. This solves that problem and is a HUGE selling point.
That's ridiculous though, with 3G you're more likely to have reception in those hard to reach places. If no then the EDGE network kicks in. I by no way love AT&T, but i have to admit that they do give coverage everywhere. I've never been without a signal, and i work for Motorola as a Computer Engineer. The lab i work in is surrounded by a lot of devices that interfere with reception. Only AT&T/Verizon customers get reception.
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Well, as already stated, it does not affect me, so, accepting that UMA is useless to me, what phone is better?
What are you looking for in a device? It is really up to you and your needs. Check out these 2 links and see which one would fit you better.

BlackBerry Bold - BlackBerry Bold 9000 Smartphone

BlackBerry - New BlackBerry Phone - BlackBerry Curve 8900
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That's ridiculous though, with 3G you're more likely to have reception in those hard to reach places.
Ok, but again, the Bold DOES NOT work on T-Mobile's 3G network.
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ok as a UK user I feel I can help.
What network are you on/going for when buying the blackberry?
I am on t-mob UK and can get the G1, Bold and Curve 8900.
I picked the Bold over the curve because of the fact it stated as coming with a USB and micro SD card (the curve was stated as NOT coming with a USB cable).
I dont use 3G, (and have had problems with 3G on my bold on t-mob) but having the option is always great.
GRPS speeds however as usually fine for surfing the web.

I didnt pick the G1 for one simple reason: the pics of it on t-mob show that instead of being a straight handset, the bottom where the standard buttons are is slightly curved upwards, personally, I wanted a phone that was the same shape throughout.

Blackberry is an older brand, compared to the G1 which is, well new as far as I know, and I felt going with a brand that had been around longer was better.

If you want a BB go for the Bold, and if you want a phone, go for the BB over a G1.
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Ok, but again, the Bold DOES NOT work on T-Mobile's 3G network.
The OP is in the UK, the Bold in the UK on T-Mobile works on 3G
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Ok, but again, the Bold DOES NOT work on T-Mobile's 3G network.
True, that's why in my original post I mentioned on the spec sense, Bold all the way
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I would be going with Orange, as they are by far the cheapest;

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lol well... i see this as cheaper but depends how you really use it
t-mob blackberry email flext plans

and the BB bold is only 68 on the first plan there, about 30 on the second and free after that.
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Well, if you're going with Orange, check this out:

Orange UK Offering Free BIS To Consumers & Business Customers For The Life Of Their Contract | BerryReview.com
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20, is all I need for calling and texting purposes, then the added 5 for internet is fine. With that and only 130 for the phone seems fine. Every other plan pushes me above 25, and gives me less calls or texts.
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Oh, and what is BIS?
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wow, you really must use the phone alot if you plan to use more than 140 worth of credit you get with the flext30.

but yeh, if you can only spend a certain amount each month its ok, though emptying your pockets for a 130 straight out seems extreme.

i have a flext 35 plus then blackberry booster, coz the upgrade person did it a certain way to get me what i wanted...which isnt what i wanted, but works out the same price and i get 200 of credit that im NEVER gonna use all it.

BIS is blackberry internet service, this is what allows you to connect to get emails, connect to use data and wi-fi. All blackberrys should have a blackberry data plan, otherwise you cant do anything really.
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