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Old 02-13-2008, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

i'm new here, and also new to blackberries. i am planning on getting a blackberry soon, and possibly switching carriers from verizon, to either t-mobile or at&t. i was wondering if anyone could make some suggestions as to whether or not the bb is right for me, or which one is right for me.

i'm looking for a few things, good email support, good contacts manager, good calendar, and ability to sync contact/callendar with outlook (not really necessary, but would be nice)

any insight?

Thank you all in advance.
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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first, welcome to the forums!

any blackberry will do what you requested. do you have any additional specs? Size, battery life, camera, gps, wifi, etc?
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brolto, welcome to the BBF.

For those two carriers, I would recommend either the 8310 (w/GPS) on ATT or the 8320 (w/WiFi) on Tmo. You decide which is more important, WiFi or GPS; decide also which carrier has the better coverage for where you live, work and travel.

For email dependability, BB wins hands down. For contacts and calendar syncing, the BB does sync seamlessly between it and Outlook. If you already use Outlook, you will be quite pleased.
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good battery life would be a huge plus, and other than that i really have no preferences. i've been looking at the 8300/8310/8320, and i know a bunch of people with the 8700 series blackberries and a few with 8100s. i prefer the larger form, with the full keyboard, as opposed to the 8100's smaller keyboard.
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you will not get better battery life than the 8820 on ATT. (again, soon to be Tmo if the rumors are true) It has the full keyboard and WIFI. It does not have a camera though, and supports up to 4gb of memory for the media player.
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i'm not really interested in the memory, or media player really, i already have an mp3 player, and have no problems carrying that around when i want to listen to my music.
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all the blackberrys listed (excluding the 8700 which you would be hard pressed to find currently available as NIB) have the built in media functions
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alright. since i dont really need the gps or wifi, are there any real differences between the 88xx and the 83xx? aside from the camera?
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I have the 8130 and quite pleased with it. I had a 7100i which was in the stoneage compared to the 8130 which as all the media functions.
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The 8700g from Tmobile is a simple, robust device... it's chunky form factor withstands physical abuse better than the 8800's, 8300's, 8100's (IMHO). It's also easy on the pocket as a starter BB . . . Tmobile also has the least expensive Blackberry plan around. If you have good TMO coverage in your area, this may very well be a top consideration.
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alright, one more question, if noone knows this thats fine, but blackberry data is a per-line add-on right? were i to have a family plan with multiple BBs i would need the bb addon for each? yes? no?
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Yes. You need the BB Data Plan for any line on which a BB is provisioned.
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Blackberryxxx8217;s are a tough call for kids. The 8700 as stated is more rugged and will take drops better.
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