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Old 11-14-2007, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I am new to this forum and I plan on purchasing my own blackberry.

But I really don't know which model to get. There are so many models and I don't know which ones are good.

I've been looking around for a bit and it seems like 8700C is powerful, yet affordable. What are some other options? Btw, I can't really afford the expensive ones. I've seen 8700C go around $80 - $150. The max $ I would spend is around $200.


Here's are the list of things that I want to be able to do on the phone:
1) email (including gmail mayb?)
2) web surfing
3) talking on phone
4) wifi? mayb? if possible
5) calendar
6) task manager
7) text msg
8) mp3 player? or some other music player

And how much do the blackberry unlimited data plans cost? Are there any special packages? (i'm using at&t)

Help would be much appreciated!
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You won't get WiFi or an MP3 player with the 8700 device, but it could do the other things. If you want all that in the list you would want the 8820, which is offered by AT&T. You would also get built-in GPS. I am not sure of the price, though.
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If you check around you might be able to get a 8800 for $200. Doubtful to get a 83xx for $200 or less.

All your listed needs are available on all models 8700, 88xx, and 83xx. 8700 won't have the media player for MP3s--not external memory card.
Wifi is available on the 8820 and 8320.

Look for an 8800 and give yourself to find one if you are not in a hurry.
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naminem, I was in your position a few years ago when I decided to buy my first blackberry. At the time, the 8700 had just come out. It was expensive so I kept looking at the lower models which I could afford - (7xxx) series. However, I ended up bucking up and paying for the 8700 simply because the features outweighed the cost. the 87xx series is great, don't get me wrong, but I would suggest biting the bullet and going for the 83xx (Curve) series that your carrier offers as I think in the long run, you will just be happier. Good luck
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This is definitely a YMMV kind of thing.

I went an ATT store, and bought an 8300. It was $280 with a $100 mail-in rebate. To qualify for the rebate you have to sign up for the $40/month unlim. data+1500 txt plan. But, you can cancel the data plan after the rebate is processed (you won't want to though.) The 2-year voice contract you can't cancel.

The same day I decided I wanted the 8310 instead. I went back to the store, and they just exchanged it.

So essentially I got an 8310 for $180.
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I should add: I always get buyer's remorse. Not in this case. Every week there is some new software or feature I discover that makes me glad I got the 8310.

It has everything you want but wifi, and I think wifi is only needed if you don't want an unlimited data plan.

Go to an ATT store, and haggle. They will tell you that you have to subscribe to telenav for GPS. YOU DON'T. There are plenty of good free GPS programs, there are even two now that do voice nav (mapquest and amazegps.)
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