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DankBerry 02-13-2008 02:22 AM

How important is Wifi for you?
 
Right now i have an 8800 and i love it, but i have wanted the curve because it has the wifi. well that was a week ago, and the more time i have the 8800 the more i like it, and thus become less motivated to get rid of it for an 8320. the camera doesnt phase me much, the wifi is the biggest added benefit. so how much importance do you guys put on whether or not ur BB has wifi? do those of you with a BB without wifi find yourselfs wanting a BB with wifi? i dont know what to do

beyondalegend 02-13-2008 02:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DankBerry (Post 833515)
Right now i have an 8800 and i love it, but i have wanted the curve because it has the wifi. well that was a week ago, and the more time i have the 8800 the more i like it, and thus become less motivated to get rid of it for an 8320. the camera doesnt phase me much, the wifi is the biggest added benefit. so how much importance do you guys put on whether or not ur BB has wifi? do those of you with a BB without wifi find yourselfs wanting a BB with wifi? i dont know what to do

I have wifi on my Curve and it comes in handy because I have no bb data plan.:smile:

ricpac 02-13-2008 03:10 AM

Wi-Fi is important for BB users here in the Philippines since we only have the expensive plans - no unlimited plans as of yet; once OS 4.5 comes out, would emails still come in in 2KB chunks? i doubt

MI_Jester 02-13-2008 08:20 AM

I use WiFi almost every day. All of my deployment conference calls are over UMA (3-5 hours each). Since I pay for my own cell phone, this greatly reduced my costs. I don't have a home phone other than my mobile phone.

Browsing hasn't been an issue since I have unlimited data, but UMA paid for the phone upgrade in the first month.

aiharkness 02-13-2008 09:21 AM

Wirelessly posted (8700g: BlackBerry8700/4.2.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

It is not important to me, but that's me. And that's right now. Things could change. The only time I am at a hotspot is if I happen to be at a hotel or other public place that offers it. And so far I haven't found myself where I'm not getting cell coverage and have wifi available to me. I can see wifi being important to someone in a different situation, however.

squarepants 02-13-2008 09:23 AM

So, does anyone see any compelling use for WiFi for someone with an unlimited data plan paid by his employer? I am in the same boat as the OP. Have an 8700, wavering between getting a Curve, an 8800 or just waiting for the 9000. I thought I wanted WiFi but I can't think of why now.

kjjb0204 02-13-2008 09:38 AM

I don't have or need wifi. 1XEV is plenty fast enough for me for what I do. I mostly use my bb for email and phone, with the occasional surfing around when I have a minute. If you find the data network isn't fast enough and you are frequently in wifi hotspots, then try it out and see what you think.

John Clark 02-13-2008 09:40 AM

I'm on a plan paid by my employer. To me the benefits are:

1. Increased access ability. I end up on the back side of a hotel sometimes with little TMo signal. I almost always have a hotel wifi connection. That along with my Travel Router and I almost always have UMA at the hotel.

2. Overseas travel. This gives you free calls (pulling from your minute bucket--maybe.) Even without the H@H plan many have reported that these minutes don't even get deducted from your minute plan either. This can save the company hundreds of dollars on overseas to home calling.

3. Faster browsing. Even without UMA if you can just get a wifi connection your browsing speeds are much better with wifi connected.

Side benefit: I posted this in another thread a minute ago but I'm currently at DFW (Tmobile Hotspot) and am tethered to my UMA connected BB and posting on this forum for free.

aiharkness 02-13-2008 09:47 AM

Wirelessly posted (8700g: BlackBerry8700/4.2.1 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Clark
I'm on a plan paid by my employer. To me the benefits are:

1. Increased access ability. I end up on the back side of a hotel sometimes with little TMo signal. I almost always have a hotel wifi connection. That along with my Travel Router and I almost always have UMA at the hotel.

2. Overseas travel. This gives you free calls (pulling from your minute bucket--maybe.) Even without the H@H plan many have reported that these minutes don't even get deducted from your minute plan either. This can save the company hundreds of dollars on overseas to home calling.

3. Faster browsing. Even without UMA if you can just get a wifi connection your browsing speeds are much better with wifi connected.

Side benefit: I posted this in another thread a minute ago but I'm currently at DFW (Tmobile Hotspot) and am tethered to my UMA connected BB and posting on this forum for free.

That #2 *is* cool and will sway me to wifi on my next blackberry. For someone considering jumping to a model with wifi, that alone would be enough reason if they travel out of the country a lot, but I don't do it enough not to wait for what we are all waiting for come this spring or summer.


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