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Old 10-28-2009, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

This is my first time posting, although I've been reading the forums for solutions to minor problems for two years--thanks!

So here's the dilemma. I need to replace my 8830 (for the reason why, see the postscript). Important points: My family has an upgrade; the phone is out of warranty; I have insurance so that a replacement requires a $50 deductible payment; I'm a grad student on a $1800/mo stipend after taxes. My options are:

(1) Use the upgrade to get another 8830 for free.
(2) Use the upgrade to get a Curve for free.
(3) Pay $50 for a new 8830 via insurance (and keep the upgrade for later).
(4) Use the upgrade to buy a Tour for $150.

I've seen the Tour and I really like it (faster processor, better screen, etc). But $150 is kind of a lot of money considering what I'm making. It just seems like a waste of an upgrade to just get another 8830 or a Curve. Option 3 only makes sense if I could later upgrade to a Tour for free (or $50 or so). Options 1 and 2 are basically the same, I'm just used to the 8830 buttons, although I wouldn't mind a camera. Option 4 is the most exciting, it's just expensive.

Let me know what you think! Thanks for your time--


PS: Reason for replacement. A few weeks ago, my BlackBerry 8830 lost its ability to charge the battery: leaving it plugged in for 12+ hours would get the battery rating to 35%-40%. If I made any calls, it drains to 15% or so immediately. The phone had been replaced over the summer (by a refurbished phone) but I'd been using the same battery for about two years. I assumed that was the problem, so I bought a new battery. That didn't fix anything--I then tried using my buddy's 8830 to charge both batteries and they both charged in about two hours and held 100% charge. I've also used a bunch of different chargers, from the wall and from the computer, to no effect. So my conclusion is, the power circuitry must be busted inside the actual phone, and the battery isn't the problem. By the way, when it's plugged into my computer, the 8830 tells me it's charging, but my computer doesn't recognize that it's plugged in. If this sounds like a familiar problem, let me know.
Old 10-29-2009, 09:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you looking to have us justify an upgrade to the Tour for you? It's your judgment call to make.
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Yeah, I guess the question is really, is a Tour worth $150 more than an 8830 in your opinion?
Old 10-29-2009, 10:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wirelessly posted (overwhelmingly stressed)

I'd say the tour is worth the upgrade

You can also look into buyine a used device as a temporary solution
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I take it you're not into touchscreen devices as you haven't mentioned the Storm/Storm 2. The Tour 2 (wifi/trackpad) is rumored to be released before the holidays. May be something you're interested in.
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