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Old 11-02-2005, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my first post here so I hope I'm in the right place. I just got my first Blackberry yesterday and am frustrated about not being able to easily put my pictures on my Blackberry. I bought it so that I could combine my phone and PDA into one device and being able to show my pictures is a must. Is there any way to take pictures from my computer and put them on my Blackberry? I'm willing to buy a program to do this but I don't plan on keeping the data plan so attaching the pix to email is not an option. Any ideas? Thanks, Slink
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Old 11-02-2005, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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email your pics in jpg format but keep it under 60K. additionally, some handheld OS will required the filename to be preceeded by"x-rimdevice" for example filename.jpg must be sent as x-rimdevicefilename.jpg. when you get the email, open the attachment and you have the option to save it in your Pictures album.
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Old 11-02-2005, 05:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply. My problem is that I want to be able to put pix on my Blackberry from my computer - NOT using email since I don't plan on keeping the data plan. Can I do that?
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As far as i know these are the three ways i know how to load pictures, e-mail them, download them from a server or have some one send you a picture via a pin message, all three of those use data, so if you get rid of your data plan, you are out in left field.
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And as of yet, nobody has "hacked" a way to get into a BB without using the RIM software.
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Check out GTPhoto from GreenTech Mobile I use it myself and it works like a charm.
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Check out GTPhoto from GreenTech Mobile I use it myself and it works like a charm.
Hmm very interesting!
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Thank you SO much Finch. You just saved me from returning my Blackberry I already purchased this application but am knocking my head against a wall right now because it seems to keep installing the trial version over and over. I emailed the support for GTPhoto so I hope to have it up and running soon. Thanks for the tip!!
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This is my first post here so I hope I'm in the right place.
Actually, there's a separate room for 7100 devices. Not drastically different, but the conversation is a bit more tailored for that device. You might look through there as well.
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I think this photo software is geared toward any Blackberry not just the 7100. Anyway, I just found another application that allows putting photos on your Blackberry through a USB cable from your computer. I never did get GTPhoto running (no response yet from their support) so I was looking around and found Ascendo Photos for Blackberry. They have a 2 day free trial so I downloaded that and it works GREAT!! You can choose the size so that no matter how many pixels your picture is, you can adjust it to make it fit. The pictures are just as clear as they were on my Sony Clie PDA. I'm SO happy
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How do you plan to drop the data plan on your BB? Nextel does not allow for BB's without one.
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I always was led to believe that too, but I chatted online with a Nextel representative and he assured me that I can cancel the data plan by the end of the month. If they don't allow it without a data plan, they are getting rid of a lot of customers that want a phone/pda combination. I was told now that I can just have a voice plan with my blackberry.
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I think you got the wrong phone for your needs. You seem to have a multimedia requirement, so a palm or windows smart phone would have been better for you. IMHO.

Blackberry's also (currently) lack expansion slots; so if you plan to hold more than like a few pictures, your going to have memory issues. And you can completely forget about sharing video or audio if you ever desided you might want that.

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I always was led to believe that too, but I chatted online with a Nextel representative and he assured me that I can cancel the data plan by the end of the month. If they don't allow it without a data plan, they are getting rid of a lot of customers that want a phone/pda combination. I was told now that I can just have a voice plan with my blackberry.
Well that CS agent was wrong, I get customers in my store complaining that NXTL has added the data plan without there knowledge. It may not happen right away, but it DOES happen.

So I would recommend maybe getting a seperate PDA to use or something of that nature.

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Old 11-06-2005, 07:49 PM   #15 (permalink)
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What does Nextel have against someone who doesn't need to read their email on their phone? They're alienating a whole bunch of potential customers if you're right about the data plan. I will definately bring mine right back if I can't use it without a data plan!
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I personaly don't think their alienating many people... The BlackBerry is a business device that was designed specificly to be used as a phone and email (lately also internet) device. - You are the first person I have ever meet that wants to use a BlackBerry without a data plan. I'm sure your not the only person, but my thinking is still that you really wan't another device; something like a windows smartphone should do nicely as you'll be able to do ALOT more without a data plan on those; and actualy if you wanted you could dial your regular isp over CSD (9.2kbps, uses voice min and really slow... but works for minimal use) - BlackBerry's do not support this.
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The data plan is a requirement of the device - plain and simple. If you want strictly a PDA phone purchase a Windows device.
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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.
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You canceled your data plan did you tell them you intended to continue using the device on their network? Because to use a BB on the nextel network you have to have a data plan. Unless its chnaged since sprint took over.
I have heard of people using Nextel on BlackBerry without a data plan, it's a little tricky -- but as long as you have the data plan at first and then cancel the data portion later, it's possible. Not always successful, but there's one other forum member that seems to have succeeded...

You're right, Nextel can be a pain when it comes to using a BlackBerry as a PDA -- For that, it's a lot easier to use a GSM/GPRS carrier.
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Dawg - It hasn't changed. We check our activation reports constantly and notice when Nextel reactivates the data plans on BB's that customers try to deactivate. The BB is a requirement.
There are three options - $44.99 unlimited, $34.99 5 MB and $29.99 data only.
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