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Old 07-30-2008, 12:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know for some of you that sounds extremely long but i am a student on a budget and i was wondering if i spent the big buckets and got the top of the line phone now (Blackberry bold) that it could last me through all of university. Itis what i am planning on doing with my laptop as well and then upgrade both once i graduate. right now it has everything that i want in a phone and it is arguably one of the best phones to come out this year.

Can a phone last the long?
has any one kept a blackberry that long?
good or bad idea? thoughts?
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes it can I have a couple that are that old and still useable
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I had a 7750 that lasted 3 years, including a dunk in a mud puddle. I imagine that if you keep it up to date, etc, it should last you that no problem. I would agree that you would want to buy the latest possible device to give it maximum utility, but I would think that you could do this with no problems.

You might want to buy a new battery about halfway through, but that is a nominal compared to the cost of a device.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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a good cover also would give it lengevity in terms of the casing.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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there are thousands of 8700s still in use by businesses. These are going on 4 years now. As long as you take care of it there is no reason it cant. Will you want another device before then? most likely. Will you *have* to get one, no.
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I totally agree with the others. With care and some upgrading along the way there is no reason a BB shouldn't last that long.

When our organization first got into BB's we had 7510's and later 7520's. Many lasted more than 4 years. For many they upgraded after that, not because of hardware failure but to take advantage of newer hardware such as the pearls, and other more advanced phones. .
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Can a phone last the long?
Of course it can! My 6230 and 7230 are both still running strong.

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has any one kept a blackberry that long?
That's more of the issue. Are you willing to forgo any new features for the next 4 years? It's a personal judgment call. I've had former SO's that could have done so. Most people here seem to be unable to wait for a new OS or device release. You'll just have to figure out which boat you're in...

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thanks for the info guys. what i thought was a crazy idea is actually viable.
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i have about 50 original 7520's out right now that are from early 2005 still going strong.
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Certainly it can last that long plus some, it all depends on how you treat it honestly.
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Yes it can last that long..... But don't think that a Bold will be as sturdy as 7290. You'll ready need a good casing!
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probably you could keep it running, with minimal damage and a new battery
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Certainly! The only thing that would matter then is if you would still want to use it around that time; we would have BlackBerrys twice, thrice or four times as great as the BlackBerry Bold!
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Just because you spend top money buying a "top-of-the-line" product doesn't mean it'll last forever. It's all about how you treat it.
If the Bold is what you want, then get it and treat it properly. But don't shell out money just because it's "the best". Get the one YOU want. Chances are if you take care of it, it'll last just as long.
Good Luck in your studies too!
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Just because you spend top money buying a "top-of-the-line" product doesn't mean it'll last forever. It's all about how you treat it.
If the Bold is what you want, then get it and treat it properly. But don't shell out money just because it's "the best". Get the one YOU want. Chances are if you take care of it, it'll last just as long.
Good Luck in your studies too!
Thats true. i will try my best to treat it well. screen protector and case from day no and no carelessness.
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I think when it comes to purchasing phones or portable devices for the puropse of prolonged and lasting use its all about the treatment first and foremost and then the features.

As long as you treat them right, invest in maybe a silicon case or an invisibleSHIELD for it then wear and tear generally dictates that these devices last for a good number of years, I've had old 3310s and phones as such that go strong in this day and age.

Another thing to keep in mind are the features of the phone; for example you have many so called "top end" or "high end" phones on expensive plans that have a lot of features that may not be of much relevance (like 5MP cameras etc). On the other hand you also have a lot of new phones without the benchmark features (like 3G & Wi Fi) and this forces people to upgrade later down the line wanting to get new features.

The Bold, being a BlackBerry its a given that they will be feature-packed and as long as you know you will be using those features now and in years to come then there's no reason to get a phone with less/more features or upgrade before you graduate. I've never owned a BlackBerry myself and have been following the release of the Bold as it is the first BlackBerry that's caught my eye with ALL the features of a high-end phone and PDA so it could be the one I go for and from people I know, and the feedback I get on the forum, I can more or less vouch for their longevity in terms of wear and tear.
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