01-18-2008, 04:22 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New Hampshire
Carrier: ATT & Verizon
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You need to look at which carrier provides the coverage when and where you need it , where you live, work, travel and play. All carriers are not alike and all carriers have coverage gaps. Do not trust the coverage maps, talk to friends, family, coworkers, etc and get the straight story. Cost and phone selection should be secondary to coverage since with no coverage, the cheapest service is too expensive.
Verizon and Sprint EVDO is faster than ATT and T-Mo's Edge and about as fast as the ATT 3G network. No BB has 3g yet however. IMHO, speed is no big deal when it comes to email. It makes a bit of difference in surfing and more of a difference if you tether to your PC/laptop.
I would not recommend placing a personal BB on a company BES as the company IT Policies can severely limit what you can do with the device. Plus if they so desire, they can read all of your personal mail that comes into the BES via the BB. Not saying they will, but they can. If they want you on their BES, have them provide and pay for the BB.
In general, if you are happy with Verizon, I would stick with them. Verizon and ATT have the best national coverage with Sprint 3rd and T-Mo bringing up the rear.
Before you make the leap tot he 8130, make sure you are comfortable with SureType. People either love it or hate it. Not much in between.