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Old 11-20-2008, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know a ton of these topics get made, but still didnt get some of my questions answered after a bit of searching. Maybe you guys can help.

I am using Verizon, and get my 2-year upgrade this week. My first problem lies in the fact that my mom is the account holder, so she is the one that gets the largest upgrade discount. Assuming I get a Blackberry, would it cause any problems to set the phone up for her (with txt, data, etc., plans), and then transfer it to my number through the online manager?

For the past 6-months, I was going to get the Voyager. But after looking into Blackberries, I decided that I want one instead. My main draws are the 3.5mm headphone jack/mp3 player capabilities, Internet browsing, and texting. My friend has a Curve, and the Internet looks pretty decent on it, but I think the Curve is too large and wanted to get a Pearl. How well can you read and browse the Internet on its smaller screen? I am not worried about SureType, in fact I think I might like it better; in the 20 minutes I spent using a Curve, I thought the buttons were too hard to find. Are there any other major hardware differences between the Curve and Pearl? (BTW, I am not really interested in the Storm)

Also, when listening to music with headphones, what happens if you get a call? Does the ringtone blare over the music? Will I go deaf?

I keep reading about memory problems with Blackberries, especially Pearls. I cant seem to figure out, though, if this is about system-memory (RAM), or file-storage-memory. If it is the latter, would most problems not be solved with a SD card? If the former, would an SD card help it? I have plenty of the micro ones, so that is not an issue.

I also just found out about the flip-phone Blackberry, and I REALLY want it. I prefer the flip style to the brick style by far. But it seems to be a TMO exclusive, correct? Is there any chance of it coming to Verizon in the near future? With the release of the Storm, I am thinking not... Is there no way to get the Flip Blackberry on Verizon?

I also heard somewhere that you can read books on your Blackberry. Is this true? What formats do they need to be in? Now that I think about it, I have a lot of e-Books in .PDF's.... do Blackberries support that format?

Also, it seems like there are a lot of new Blackberry models in the works right now. Is this the way it usually is, or will I immediately regret getting stuck with the year-old versions that Verizon is offering at the moment?
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I will try to attempt to answer some of your questions:

1. Curve and Pearl have the same capabilities. It's basically the form factor that is different and that is a personal opinion. I would suggest playing around with both phones to see which one suits you better. If you think the Curve is too big, then just go with the Pearl. The only major difference I'd consider is the screen. With the Pearl you might have to scroll a bit more just because the screen is smaller. But again, it depends on your priorities for form factor.

2. When you listen to music on headphones, and a call comes in, the media player will be put on pause automatically. I don't quite remember but the ringtone either comes through the phone speakers or you'll get a notification ring through your headphones. But no ear damaging danger. BlackBerries are very well thought out in their designs.

3. I have a Curve, so I'm not entirely sure what's the memory problem associated with the Pearl. But if it's like any other BlackBerry, it's probably a memory leak. That happens to almost everybody I think, and the best thing to do is just to reset your phone every now and then. It's really not that big of an issue.

4. The 8220 if currently Tmob exclusive. I dont think they'll be releasing it on Verizon. And because the 8220 is GSM, it wont work on the Verizon network.

5. I think most people who get a BlackBerry regardless of which model are happy with their choice. Yes, the new models are always tempting. But I know people who've had the first generation Pearls since it first came out and they wouldn't change it for a new model since they've gotten so used to it.
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I keep reading about memory problems with Blackberries, especially Pearls. I cant seem to figure out, though, if this is about system-memory (RAM), or file-storage-memory. If it is the latter, would most problems not be solved with a SD card? If the former, would an SD card help it? I have plenty of the micro ones, so that is not an issue.
I can't say this with 100% certainty but Pearl users tend to be coming from other "regular" phones and I suspect that they don't realize that when they fill their device memory (very limited to begin with) with photos, music, ringtones etc that the BB will start to delete messages, calendar entries etc to keep running.

Adding a media card helps but not in the way you're thinking. Media cards do not increase device memory. They only offer you space to store your space-hogging media files (why they're called media cards). If you add a media card to a BB with memory issues it won't fix the issue. You haveto move media files out of device memory to reclaim that device memory.

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I also just found out about the flip-phone Blackberry, and I REALLY want it. I prefer the flip style to the brick style by far. But it seems to be a TMO exclusive, correct? Is there any chance of it coming to Verizon in the near future? With the release of the Storm, I am thinking not... Is there no way to get the Flip Blackberry on Verizon?
There's currently no CDMA Kickstart and you can't use a GSM device on a CDMA carrier. Your guess as to whether or not Verizon will get it is as good as anyone. There's no definite word on any future model until a carrier officially announces it and its release date.

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Also, it seems like there are a lot of new Blackberry models in the works right now. Is this the way it usually is, or will I immediately regret getting stuck with the year-old versions that Verizon is offering at the moment?
The entire tech industry always has something newer and better in the pipeline. You have to pick a point at which to jump in. If you're the type that gets bored/disappointed easily I don't know what to recommend other than an attitude adjustment or a different hobby where the involved tech is stagnated.

Plenty of people happily use older models like the 8700 or models even older than that. Honestly, with my preferences there are very few models that appeal to me. I can't stand SureType so I don't even pay attention to upcoming SureType devices. I'm very used to having GPS on my BB's so it's a must-have for me. Just those 2 requirements automatically filter out quite a few upcoming models. Certainly, you can filter down models that you would consider in a similar way... I mean, when car shopping you don't just go out and look at everything, right?

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