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Old 03-29-2008, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

I'm having trouble picking a BlackBerry device and service. I had my heart set on the 8320 (T-Mobile) mainly because of the way it looks. I'm also looking into what the best service plan would be. I'm choosing between T-Mobile and AT&T because I just don't believe in using a phone without a sim-card...

Anyway here's my question. What service and what device? Basically I'm looking for the best I can get...(but the 8320 really does appeal to me). I'm living in the Phoenix area and I do travel around the U.S. frequently so service areas play an important role. Money is an issue as far as the plan goes. I believe on AT&T the standard BB plan is $30 and then $60 for a decent voice plan...I don't really want to have to pay more than that ($90/mo). I don't mind paying top dollar for the device though...and if I'd be better off getting a device from one carrier and using it on another, I'm fine with it.

Thanks a lot. Looking forward to joining the community...

On a side note, I know the 8320 has wi-fi, and can be used with T-Mobile's plans for free calls when in range...but other than that, what's the point in having wifi if you have a BlackBerry plan?
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P.S. If there are any new devices coming out in the next month or so that you know of please let me know.
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Wirelessly posted (blackberry 950)

8120 with wifi is out

8110 will be out before to long

I would check coverage first!

You can get a BB from any GSM and get it unlocked for another GSM carrier!

Test the different devices in stores and make your judgement
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Thanks but I was more hoping for your opinions.....
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Coverage in your area should be a first. As for the device, you can go test drive some in a store.

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but other than that, what's the point in having wifi if you have a BlackBerry plan?
You can still do everything even if you're in an area where the only coverage comes from a WiFi signal! So that's a vote from me for the 8320.

Good luck and welcome to the forums!
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Wirelessly posted (blackberry 950)

8320 is a very good device

Feel functionality!
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Coverage is everything. All else is secondary. Only you can determine which carrier has the best service where you plan to use the device.

A general observation however, ATT has a wider coverage area than T-Mo.

WiFi is only as good as the hotspot you are currently connected to.
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so why is it that your so against not having a SIM card? isnt it more to lose?
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I travel a lot, internationally. I have sim-cards for other countries and I like to be able to just throw one in my phone when I get somewhere. Besides CDMA technology was obsolete 10 years ago.....

::edit:: ...and what happens when you feel like changing phone on a whim? What happens when you want a device that Verizon (ehem) doesn't carry?

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I travel a lot, internationally. I have sim-cards for other countries and I like to be able to just throw one in my phone when I get somewhere. Besides CDMA technology was obsolete 10 years ago.....
dude for real but whatever your smoking pass it this way bc you must be high with that last comment
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I wouldn't go there with the CDMA technology (even though I swear by GSM). Stick to what you want to know about, and not take pot shots about technology. If I didn't travel outside of the US (and I do, frequently) I would be all over CDMA. But I travel, so I use my trusty 8320.

Be aware that when switching SIM cards, you will lose a lot of BlackBerry functionality. That's why I carry a cheap, crappy (Motorola) unlocked quad band GSM phone around; I can use any local SIM card in it. The 8320, plus UMA, works great. Where (and when) it works.
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HAHA you got pwned
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Didn't realize it was a sore subject on here hehe. Noted.
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Actually he didn't - my comments were directed at YOU not to go there with CDMA as it is very strong in North America.

His thread got posted before mine did.

Leave the technology out of it.

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Yeah I get it, Verizon etc. are going strong in the U.S. and therefore so is CDMA. I'm not bashing on it's service. That said, it still being around doesn't make it comparable to GSM. The rest of the world uses GSM...
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Anyway, back to the topic at hand...
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Yes, we all know that. And that's why many of us have used GSM phones for many years. But bashing CDMA technology as being obsolete 10 years ago is silly.

EVDO Rev A works quite nicely for Internet access. I know HSPDA is coming (so's Christmas) but I love my Verizon EVDO card... It just is useless outside of North America.

Read my thread - I love the 8320 and use the WiFi extensively around the world. Saved me a ton of money on calls my last trip to London.
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Fair enough
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Fact of the matter is, EvDO, although slower than HSDPA, is MUCH more widespread. Vzw/Sprint have the definate average speed advantage over AT&T
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HAHA you got pwned
you realize he was correcting you and not me. i think you just pwned yourself
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