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Old 11-28-2008, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I'm not a real techy person, especially not with mobiles. Never had a PDA. just bought a new/unused Blackberry R900 on ebay. It was pretty inexpensive and I am now wondering.

How old is an R900? Is it obsolete?

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Old 11-28-2008, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums.

That device is very outdated. Obsolete would be a good term to describe it, yes.
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the welcome.

So much for bargains. Does it make any difference if I mention that it is a mobile phone?

If it is obsolete, what would it be good for (please not the bin)? Contacts?
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Does it make any difference if I mention that it is a mobile phone?
If it is obsolete, what would it be good for (please not the bin)? Contacts?
It's not a mobile phone. That model is merely a messaging device.
It has no phone capabilities at all.

It's truly one of the oldest BlackBerry devices you can have.
Whatever you paid for it was too much. Sorry, but you wasted your money.
 
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Hi soupand sandwich,

You are probably right, but I think I read that the european version was a mobile. I'm in the UK. If you are right, I'll be able to get a refund as it was described as a mobile (cell) phone.
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It's a phone, but it could be analog.
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http://support.t-mobile.com/knowbase...ic/tm30000.pdf

It's an antique... This manual is 7 years old.
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never even heard of it
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I cannot even imagine LCD screens like calculators on my berry.
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:31 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't think there are any networks left that support the R900. It was a pager only, no voice capabilities, and ran on an analog network if it's the one I'm thinking of. There was another one that looked more like the traditional Blackberry and used a wired earphone for voice calls. That more traditional looking one might still get on a GSM network like Vodafone or Airtel.

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This is the Europe/UK version. Not the 950/957s that we used here in North American. The US version was the 5180 (1900 MHz) and the 5820 was for outside of North America. The R900/1800 was a bit different than the 5820.

Doesn't matter - they are obsolete and probably dead.
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Thanks, all! I do like a bit of social history. The point about it being dead could be valid if it has been sitting around a long time and it's 7 years old. My understanding is that it is unused and still boxed.

I'l let you know within a couple weeks time (the seller made it clear that she's not too quick to the post office).

My mobile usage is usually just to make emergency calls. We live in an area in the UK where we can't get mobile reception, so we don't give our numbers out. Otherwse people will try to get a hold of us and we don't know they've called! So I don't need the newest, or even yesterday's features.

I'm excited now to see what I get and whether I can make a call on it!

Thanks again for all your responses.
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