Well I don't have a Blackberry....YET. I am currently with a small, East Texas cell phone provider and my contract will be up here in a couple months. While their voice coverage is actually quite good, I am going to be moving my services to AT&T for several reasons.
Their data service sucks. I canceled my data service because after they did an "upgrade" I couldn't check my web email from my phone. I cannot text to a non-phone number to register my device on a website to get notifications via SMS. Anything that comes to my phone must be via SMS - if I get a weather alert for example, it will be broken up in to pieces and I will receive maybe up to 7 SMS messages at once, in no particular order.
I have tried to work with them for checking my web email from my phone, but I went for 3 months and never heard a peep. Every time I called they were "working on my issue." But never received a call back. To top it off, they ticked me off after Hurricane Ike ripped through here; a bill that I had sent off 2 weeks before the due date and about 1 week before the hurricane, evidently got delayed somewhere, or they decided to hold onto it and not post it for 3 weeks after
the due date and have the audacity to call me and text me on a daily basis threatening to turn off my phone service and proceed to be very immature on the phone with my wife, taunting her in a childish voice saying "I'm gonna shut your phone off, I'm gonna shut your phone off." Literally...I'm not making this up.
Well, anyway...so I'm moving to AT&T, mostly to get improved data services as this is becoming more a part of our everyday lives. And I am very seriously considering the Blackberry Bold. So far, it does everything I want from what I can tell. Email, text, basic web browsing, and the big kicker that really sold me on this over the iphone is that with Blackberry Media Sync, I can put my pod-casts and music files onto the Bold and listen to them, all the while, having better management over my email messages with the different types accounts I use.
Since I don't have a device yet, I have been browsing forums and reading reviews, trying to find out as much as I can. I have dealt with Blackberries in the past when they were first coming on the market with Nextel, but I only worked with them briefly and it's been since about 2004 that I have worked with them on an everyday basis, and I have a question...
If I remember right, the Blackberry device has its own real email address (firstname.lastname@example.org or whatever), in addition to the SMS email address assigned to you by AT&T (email@example.com or whatever), correct?
That being the case, am I correct in assuming that I can have a message greater than 160 chars sent directly to the device?
And if that is correct, can I also assign a ringtone to ring when I receive an email from a particular contact or domain?
Can I upload my own ringtones (mp3's or wav's that I have created...)?
Thanks for listening to my rant, and hope to join the Blueberry addicts soon.