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Old 06-16-2005, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Newbie Questions -- Data-only options

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A couple of newbie questions, if you don't mind. Glad I found this place -- looks very helpful.

I had a blackberry at my previous firm (a RIM 957, I believe) and had very good luck with it. At my current firm, we have goodlinks -- they worked OK, but when I upgraded to the treo 650 with Sprint I found that the mail coverage sucked and the phone quality is awful.

So now a friend and I are starting our own business. He's old school and prefers a email-only blackberry and a separate cell phone. I'm leaning that way as well, as the Treo 650 has left a bad taste in my mouth.

Are the RIM 957 or Blackberry 5790 still viable? (That's assuming that I can find ones, as the carriers don't seem to be offering them and the few I have found have been at outrageous prices, given their age). Assuming the users want email-only, any major disadvantages these days in terms of coverage, etc. that should deter us?

Any advice is much appreciated.
Old 06-16-2005, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There is still a sizable fleet of 957 devices out there but you'll need to find a Mobitex or DataTAC network that carry them, paging companys are probably your best start SkyTel ( Velocita ( etc. or your carrier for that matter mine still supports and offers the 957. I would suggest going with the 5790 if your set on a data/page only unit as its a Java device which my offer you more in the long run. Another option would be to use a current generation BB 6280/7250/7290/7730 etc. as a data only device?

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