Originally Posted by andrebsd
You are the first person I have ever meet that wants to use a BlackBerry without a data plan.
You're new around here, eh? Normally, one would assume so, but you'd be shocked. There are about two dozen people here on BlackBerryForums using BlackBerry without a data plan:
- BlackBerry still makes a REALLY good SMS texting cellphone
- BlackBerry can still do cellphone calls
- BlackBerry can still sync to Outlook very well
- BlackBerry PIM is still better than the average cellphone.
- Older BlackBerry models can be obtained for under $100 off eBay
- BlackBerry PIM often has a user interface some people actually prefer over PalmOS (myself included). Some people prefer Palm, but others of us prefer the BlackBerry PIM. And BlackBerry is less of overkill compared to a TREO or other cellphone with.
A Windows SmartPhone is a good alternative, but things like the Audiovox SMT-5600 isn't as easy to type SMS messages or Outlook organizer data as a BlackBerrh 7100; one can argue that the 7100 makes a superior PDA in many cases
. Other times, SMT-5600, if you want MP3 and video, does do a better job. But if all you need is PDA and photos, then a 7100 is perfectly fine as the 7100 has excellent screen quality. You can store about 500 photographs in less than 10 megabytes at downconverted 7100 resolution (240x260). Some photo importer software can mass-convert a whole directory of photos, solving convenience problems.
I have access to dozens of handheld computers and each have their own advantages and disadvantages. If you want video and MP3, a Treo or Audiovox may be better (although video and MP3 are likely eventually coming to BlackBerries, especially since newer BlackBerries such as the 7250 and 7100 series are more multimedia-friendly than previous BlackBerries), but many people prefer the PIM on the BlackBerry nowadays -- faster to type data on thumb keyboard (either regular or SmartType) than to use T9 or a stylus, or simply hate the Audiovox 66XX/iPaq 63XX thumb keyboards, etc.
The Palm's, the iPaq's, often has an easier user interface if you are used to it, but if you're used to BlackBerry and can type REALLY FAST on a BlackBerry, they often have an easier user interface than either the Palm and iPaq. It really depends on what you are used to. Or that your favourite/easiest Palm model is not a cellphone, (i.e. it's possible for someone to prefer CLIE over TREO, but is forced to go BlackBerry because you prefer BlackBerry over TREO, etc. for one reason or another)
There are surprisingly many people using a BlackBerry without a data plan, and are very happy with them regardless -- it really depends on your needs.