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Old 06-30-2009, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My contract with T-mobile is up in July and my Pearl has seen better days. Even though I don't talk on the phone too terribly much, and use it mostly for Internet and Email, good voice service is important to me. I've been very fortunate with TMo in that I very rarely drop a call. Probably 10 times in the 2 years that I've had them. Service has been good, and although the internet isn't as fast as I'd like it to be, it hasn't caused me any issues. I've outgrown my Pearl and I'm looking for a little more out of my phone. Besides faster Internet, I'd really like I nicer camera. I love to take photos, and at least a 3mp camera would allow me to take some decent, usable photos.

My parents have AT&T, and while I suggested that provider to them because of the plan and the advertised great coverage, the voice service isn't that great. My opinion is based solely on speaking with them on their cell phones. They don't have Blackberries, but do have the LG Vu. I obviously won't be getting a Vu, but does phone selection make a difference on reception? I've had Blackberries on two different providers, Nextel & Tmo, and the service was fine. I also get the best company discount with AT&T, but would pay a little more for better voice/data service.

As for which model to go with, I'm on the fence on this one as well. I like the Curve 8900's size, screen size, and especially the camera (3.2mp). I don't believe the 8900 is 3G, but does have WiFi. I really like the feel of the Bold, but the camera is 2mp, but is 3G. I have had little to no experience on the Storm, but might be interested based on some of your comments. I'm also concerned about buying a new Blackberry and another one coming out shortly thereafter. Of course if I stay with Tmo, I won't have to worry about that. Seems like they take forever to get the new stuff.

So, that's where I'm at in my search and a little guidence would be helpful. Not that anyone would suggest this here, but I won't be getting an iPhone. As cool as they are, I hear the battery life is terrible, and as an existing Blackberry user, I'd probably switch back anyway. Thanks!
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I went from a Pearl to the Storm. Both on Verizon. I have no regrets with the Storm. The Storm 2 is rumored to be coming out late this year and I probably will upgrade when it does.

If not that, I'd take a serious look at the Tour. Also, I thought the Curve 8900 is 3G, but I could be wrong.

I definitely like the voice and data coverage I get with Verizon.
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ps. personally, I would not get any CDMA phone that does not have EVDO Rev A. That may limit the options to the Tour and the Storm, if you go with Verizon or Sprint.
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First of all, look at where you use the device, where you live, work, travel and play, and then select a carrier that has the best coverage in those areas. Once you pick the carrier, then start comparing devices and pick the best one that suits your needs and preferences.

You can always take one for a test drive before you actually commit.
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The 8900 (with Tmob) does not have 3G.
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If you use a lot of data, stick with T-Mo. So far T-Mo is the only provider that still has a dictionary, 'unlimited' means 5Gb cap with every other provider. Also, T-Mo's customer service eff'n rocks. EDGE is a bit slow, though, so maybe keep the Pearl for now and hold out for an unlocked 9630, I'm sure they will be popping up within the next few months.
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So far T-Mo is the only provider that still has a dictionary, 'unlimited' means 5Gb cap with every other provider.
Does your dictionary have "cap" in it?

Verizon does not have a 5GB "cap" (according to my dictionary). The Terms of Service *does* say that they have the right to throttle the speed on your data connection if you exceed 5GB per month. But no cap and no extra fees for exceeding 5 GB.

As someone who, until very recently, used TetherBerry through a Storm (i.e. highest speed available) all day every day (well, 40 hours per week, from work) from my laptop, I can say I never experienced any limitations on my speeds. And, despite heavy usage, including streaming Internet radio constantly, I don't think I've ever exceeded 5 GB in a month. I think you'd have to be doing a LOT of downloading of stuff like video, etc. to actually exceed that.
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