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Old 09-06-2005, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my fiance and I want to get blackberrys. she's in pharmacy school so she can really use a pda phone where she can hold reference material for school and work. I mainly want it for the data services like messaging, internet, GPS would be huge. mainly the more crap i can do with it the better.

US Cellular confirmed with me they are rolling out the 7250 in october, and they are my current provider. they have always have good service in wisconsin, but their phones lack technology. im open to switching providers for better phones and service. can anyone offer me some comparisons between phones and what is the latest and greatest? or flat out tell me which is best would be nice, and whether i should go with the 7250 or go elsewhere cause thats an old one or something.

thanks guys I really appreciate it, i figured this question had to be asked already but i couldnt find anything using the search.

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p p p please help me out. either advice or links


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I'm only a U.K. user; but I've had a BB 7230, a 7100X (O2 U.K., but the same as any other 7100) and now I've a 7290. I much refer the 7290 as it has a usable backlight and a great keyboard!

In the U.S. I beleive T-Mobile are the most popular provider of BlackBerry services, and they've the support them up, not to mention the international roaming they can provide!
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BTW; here in the U.K. I think O2 are the best!

I've spoke to T-Mobile here and they know very little of the BlackBerry services they provide. O2 are well informed and their support is second to none!
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I'm probably asking for it but... BB may not be best device for her school needs. Most med apps are are available for palm and many for 1
Win mobile. BB is best for messaging imho, but not best for school or med work on floor.
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t-mobile and cingular or just starting to provide service west of madison where i am a lot for family and fun. im sure service is fine, but I know htey dont cover all of my state like US Cellular. so basically I was wondering if the 7250 is a worthy phone, or if it isnt as up to date as far as features and changes on newer ones. im not sure what the newer models are even, im as new as they come!

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also, verizon has good coverage, how do their services compare?

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No idea!

The 7290 is the most fully featured GSM/GPRS handset and I am aware that some U.S. networks require CDMA handsets, BlackBerry make a 7290 equilvent for the networks though I'm not sure of the model number.

Your best waiting for a U.S. response on the network side of things!
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btw, just looked it up and t mobile does not have service for madison or west of madison... so their out!
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I'm probably asking for it but... BB may not be best device for her school needs. Most med apps are are available for palm and many for 1
Win mobile. BB is best for messaging imho, but not best for school or med work on floor.
hey thanks for the honesty. I was wondering that myself. I am around pharmacy students and pharmacists all day where I work. most of them use pda and pda/phones with palm or pocket pc.

it doesnt look like cingular has coverage for me either right now. looks like verizon wireless has the best phones and coverage. is there a full featured non blackberry you can recommend?

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i think we've decided to stick with us cellular and ill prolly get the blackberry 7250 if its worth getting to you guys. and ill just get her a nice pda. so what are peoples take on the 7250? is it a worthy piece of equipment?

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Actually if you want GPS, then I would suggest the 7520 with Nextel service. Now that they have all the sprint plans on the menu, you can get the 50 dollar fair and flexible plan that charges you just five bucks every time you go 100 over your 700 monthly minutes. Also they give unlimited data xfer for 45 bucks (Telenav will eat through the standard 5 megabytes in about an hour) and Telenav for 10 bucks a month.
It's costly but if you want to cut out any chance of overages, get the new BB messenger, and have a GPS program (telenav) that actually speaks directions to you so you don't have to look at the flashy full-color, realtime closeup map it gives you, and remaps your directions by itself if you make a wrong turn, you'll want to check out the 7520.
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Actually if you want GPS, then I would suggest the 7520 with Nextel service. Now that they have all the sprint plans on the menu, you can get the 50 dollar fair and flexible plan that charges you just five bucks every time you go 100 over your 700 monthly minutes. Also they give unlimited data xfer for 45 bucks (Telenav will eat through the standard 5 megabytes in about an hour) and Telenav for 10 bucks a month.
It's costly but if you want to cut out any chance of overages, get the new BB messenger, and have a GPS program (telenav) that actually speaks directions to you so you don't have to look at the flashy full-color, realtime closeup map it gives you, and remaps your directions by itself if you make a wrong turn, you'll want to check out the 7520.

In addition if you find your fiance would be better with a palm you could get the Sprint Treo 650 for her and the Nextel 7520 for yourself. You wouldn't be able to direct connect her but you could get unlimited mobile to mobile for $5 (per phone) and it would work between the two.

I am curious though, what kind of medical apps are out there for palm? Maybe BB versions could be written fairly easily.
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I am curious though, what kind of medical apps are out there for palm? Maybe BB versions could be written fairly easily.
The list is rather large. My co workers wife was required to have an HP iPaq for nursing school since they had so much interactive medical reference material for them to use on the job. Medical conversion calculators, Drug information software, easier intergration with Journal information, etc...

I think the BB has overlooked that aspect of software intregration. However the BB IMO far excels at exactly what it was designed for, Mobile professional communications. Again IMO the palm and windows based PDA do their jobs well but the BB is right for me.
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Thanks for the information. I think in time the company's that make those software packages will port them to the BB but who knows. I could look into making a medical conversion calculator but the other stuff would be above my skills at this point.
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I'm not sure how well porting that type of app to BB would work. The beauty of many of those apps is the ability to drill down very quickly by using the stylus. I had a very nice ICD-9 program on my Palm that would give a code in just 2-3 clicks. I imagine that using the thumbwheel with that app might have given me serous BB thumb. Dox and other med professionals are used to carrying about 5 pounds of crap in their pockets. Get her both.
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it looks like sprint has service for madison, but I dont see any blackberrys on their phone list. they also dont appear to have much service for west of madison. I guess we are the last place to get service! it looks like for right now US Cellular's 7250 that has yet to come out is my only choice.

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I feel your pain. We are considering moving to Wyoming. I still can't figure out who has good service out there. It looks like if I want mobile communications out there I'm going to have to buy a sat phone or a ham radio

We are kinda spoiled here in the middle of civilization with every carrier imaginable available.

I don't know if it's feasible for you to wait, but I would imagine that any upcoming devices from Nextel/Sprint would probably work on both somehow.
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I agree with some of the others, I belive you will be dissappointed with a BB for the purposes you want one for. There are other devices where your fiance can load great, useful application that will help her with studies and you seem to want an all purpose gadget. You will find BB limited in this arena... My $00.02
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I use Verizon BB7250 and have traveled all over your state and have had no problem with voice coverage. I get data in Madison and in Eau Claire. When I'm in Green Bay to Milwaukee I get data too. Just had a meeting in the Dells and I had data there. Go with the family plan so you and your wife can share the minutes. Can't believe a GOPHER fan had to help a Badger fan (all in good fun). Good luck with your decision.
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