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pjrivera 08-10-2005 10:16 AM

Blackberries & GPRS vs Edge?
 
Current Blackberries utilize GPRS, but not Edge correct? Does anyone know how extensive GPRS is on T-mobile's network, especially in main metropolitan cities like Miami, San Francisco, New York City, D.C., etc? thanks!

WorldIRC 08-10-2005 10:28 AM

Where theres EDGE, theres GPRS

pjrivera 08-10-2005 10:31 AM

I understand this, but do BB's utilize GPRS or they can't go voer 56k?

P.S. Is there some kind of GPRS or Edge coverage map for T-Mobile?

WorldIRC 08-10-2005 10:34 AM

Oh.. yea berries only support GPRS speeds...

pjrivera 08-10-2005 11:27 AM

GPRS speeds are from 56k-112k correct?

darkmark 08-10-2005 11:52 AM

GPRS in most instances is 'up to 56k' dependant on a number of factors including signal strength. My blackberry has worked in all the cities you've mentioned even though it is a UK one as my mobile operator has roaming agreements in most countries worlwide. Not sure specifically for T-Mobile but you may find if you go to other ities it can roam if you have no coverage for your own provider. Basically the device has the capability to use any blackberry enabled carriers gprs network but it's down to a commercial agreement between operators as to whether your device will be allowed on their network. Easiest way is to do a network search on the device and see if any others let you on.

Hope thats clearer than it sounds!

pjrivera 08-10-2005 12:11 PM

Definitly, thanks Darkmark, what is the max speed someone can get on their blackberry?

WorldIRC 08-10-2005 03:17 PM

Generally 56kbps

NJBlackBerry 08-10-2005 03:34 PM

Real world closer to 30-40k. Dial up speeds.

pjrivera 08-10-2005 03:50 PM

I thought GPRS could get up to 112k?...that stinks...oh well....Can't wait to try it out.

WorldIRC 08-10-2005 04:05 PM

It can actually go faster if you are using EDGE (E-GPRS) however, GPRS in it's native form is only like dialup...which is what the blackberry supports

salsa 08-10-2005 06:08 PM

FYI:
I used my BB as a wireless modem on Rogers GPRS network and was connected at 115.2 kbps. I downloaded a file and speeds ranged from 5-10 kB/s (40-80 kbps).

earpon 08-10-2005 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pjrivera
I understand this, but do BB's utilize GPRS or they can't go voer 56k?

P.S. Is there some kind of GPRS or Edge coverage map for T-Mobile?

EDGE will be available on areas which has a lot of data traffic going, it won't be everywhere. So basically it's area specific. As of right now, the only way to know if you have data/voice coverage in your area would be if you go to http://compasss.t-mobile.com. EDGE will be out pretty soon.

aau007 08-10-2005 11:03 PM

Is 7290 even EDGE compatible, even if EDGE is present?

WorldIRC 08-11-2005 01:58 AM

^No it isnt. No edge capable bb's yet

darkmark 08-11-2005 10:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by salsa
FYI:
I used my BB as a wireless modem on Rogers GPRS network and was connected at 115.2 kbps. I downloaded a file and speeds ranged from 5-10 kB/s (40-80 kbps).

Unfortunately the 115.2 you saw was probably the port speed, not the modem connect speed. Thats as fast as the uart can transmit data across the cable and you can see the same thing on a 56k modem.

aviationwiz 08-12-2005 04:20 AM

That's why I'm a CDMA guy, :)

1xRTT is faster than GPRS.

NJBlackBerry 08-12-2005 07:28 AM

How does 1xRTT work outside of North America? I need to go to the UK in a few weeks and was hoping to get really good speeds there. What do you think.

(1xRTT runs around 80k and GPRS runs around 30-40k; both are painfully slow)...

darkmark 08-12-2005 07:53 AM

Sorry to disappont but NJ but there is NO cdma coverage in the UK. GSM/GPRS 900/1800 or nothing!

NJBlackBerry 08-12-2005 08:02 AM

Thanks Darkmark. I take that shot every time when people state how great CDMA is. It is great. Unless you travel outside of North America.

There is no disappointment ;-)


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