You really should be comparing the 8830 with the pearl.
1) I can vouch for the 8830's EXCELLENT voice quality and speakerphone. I assume the Pearl is just as good, if not better.
2) Email capabilities of both are almost the same.
3) Only Pearl has a camera on verizon.
4) Both will tether.
As for your problem that your co-workers are having, they must not know the BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) website very well. When you setup an email account, you can specify a DIFFERENT reply-to address. So, even the reply is technically coming from the vzw.blackberry.com address, if someone replies to the message (assuming their email client respects the reply-to field) then the message will go to your original email account.
No, you can not stop the device from receiving email, unless you shut off the device, or turn off the wireless radio (so the phone would be on, but not connected to verizon at all.) What you can do, however, is create a custom ringer profile, which would not alert you when you get new emails, but only from phone call and sms's. The ringer profile capabilities of the blackberry system is totally amazing once you see how powerful it can be.
As for the pricing plans, you'll want the 29.99 unlimited plan, as long as your using the BIS service. If your company gets a BES (Blackberry Enterprise Server) you can NOT use this plan, but will have to get the more expensive 44.99 plan.
I recommend you read the blackberry faq's which can be found on this site.
Originally Posted by muskienut
I am deciding on the New Pearl or the 8703: Here are my requirements:
1) Good phone
2) Email machines
3) Camera is convenient
4) Would like to have GPS/Tethered modem
Also - my company does not have a Blackberry server,.Current employees, forward their corporate email adress to their Blackberry's. But when they reply from the Blackberry, it comes from the Blackberry.net email address? Is their a work around for this or a software program that will reply from the corporate email address?
Is theri a way to se up the Blackberry not to recieve emails aftert 5pm and not on the weekends? I do not care to get emails after 5pm and on the weekends.
Based on this, do I need the unlimited data package or the new $29.99 package that has 10mb???