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Old 08-05-2009, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Want to get a Blackberry so I can use it as a modem for my laptop for Internet access when in rural areas. Would appreciated opinions on:

Verizon Blackberry 8130

and

Verizon Blackberry 8830

If you have owned both, please let me know which one you prefer and why.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dont tether but the 8330 is a stronger phone
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According to Verizon's website, only the 8130 and 8830 are capable of dial up networking. Will have to check the 8330.
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You can tether with the 8330 for sure. Just be sure that you add the Tethering package to you plan.
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The 8330 does tethering. It also has more memory than the 8130 or 8830. The 8830 also lacks a camera and internal GPS.
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I used an 8130 until I got my Storm. The Storm has EVDO Rev A. The 8130 and 8830 only have EVDO Rev 0.

For your purposes, you definitely should get a phone with Rev A. I think the new Tour has Rev A, but I don't think the 8330 does.

By the specs, Rev A is 50% faster downloads and 1000% (yes, 10 TIMES) faster for uploads compared to Rev 0. In practice, I definitely get faster throughput using my Storm as a modem compared to my 8130.
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