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Old 12-18-2005, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone considering moving to the new V by LG from Verizon?

How does this compare in email to the BB?

The V seems to be a perfect unit if it does email well...

camera, MP3, qwerty, video, seems to have it all....

Does anyone have any experience with the V? There isnt much info on its email abilities other than "it does it"
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Old 12-18-2005, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It sure is ugly, I'll give it that much...
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I am i interested in seeing if anyone else on here has knowledge of the "V". I have seen it in action, and it packs lots of cool options that BB lacks. It does do email, just not push, and I am not sure how well it compares to the email abilities of the BB.

Any thoughts??
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Old 12-23-2005, 06:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I can help.

I bought the V about a month ago. Used it for two weeks and then returned it and got a 8700c. I'm MUCH happier with the Blackberry.

E-mail on the V is not great. You use Verizon's "Wireless E-mail" application. It's similar to the Blackberry Web Client. But here are the problems. E-mail is not pushed. You can only set the device to poll at a time interval. And the kicker is the most you can set it to poll is every hour. The other option you have is to manual sync, which is what I was doing since I wanted my mail more often than every hour. It's sort of a pain because the only way to check for mail is to open the keypad. So you go through a few steps, open the keypad, find the Wireless E-mail app, tell it to sync and then wait for e-mail to be downloaded.

Another problem. URL links that are in e-mails are not hyper linked. You would think that if you clicked on a URL inside an e-mail it would launch the phone's web browser. Well it doesn't. Even worse, there's no copy and paste within the e-mail app. So basically if someone sends you an e-mail with a link you have to open you'd have to either memorize it or write it down and then manually enter it into the Web browser.

E-mail aside the phone is awesome. Bluetooth, camera, V-Cast (my kids loved watching Dora the Explorer on it) the keypad is perfectly spaced etc. But if you do a lot of e-mail it's not the device for you.

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lgreenberg - very useful information. Thank you!
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Oh one more thing I forgot to mention....

They charge you $19.99 per month for the Wireless E-mail application. That's on top of your voice plan, on top of your web plan, on top of your text and pix message plan and on top of your V Cast plan.

I think that's another negative.
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Oh one more thing I forgot to mention....

They charge you $19.99 per month for the Wireless E-mail application. That's on top of your voice plan, on top of your web plan, on top of your text and pix message plan and on top of your V Cast plan.

I think that's another negative.
Very interesting, great information. I, too, have been curious about this device. I had the chance to fool with one at a local Circuit City and found it pretty fun but also wondered about the email functionality. Based on your earlier feedback, that would be a real problem for me. An hour is too long and I don't have the ability to be constantly synching all day, I need it to come to me as soon as I can get it. I do have a couple of specific questions, though, if you don't mind.

1. What is the cost of the data/web plan as compared to the cost of the unlimited data plan for the Blackberry?

2. How are the reply-to settings configured? Meaning, is it possible to configure multiple reply-to addresses for sending/replying to email from various accounts? And speaking of various accounts...

3. How many email accounts are you able to configure your V to access?

Thanks for the help.

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1. The plan I had set up for my V was as follows: (these are all monthly charges)

$59.99 for 900 anytime minutes with Long Distance
$19.99 for Wireless Sync
$5 for Mobile Web
$15 for V Cast
$10 for unlimited in text messages plus 250 additional messages

$109.98 per month before taxes.

Now I don't currently have Verizon (I was just giving the "V" a test drive) but when I look at their BB plans the set up would be as follows:

$59.99 for 900 anytime minutes with Long Distance
$44.99 for unlimited Blackberry Data
$10 for unlimited in text messages plus 250 additional messages

$109.98 per month before taxes.

V Cast and Mobile Web (not 100% sure about this one, hope it's included in the monthly BB charge) aren't offered on the Blackberry. So the monthly cost is the same. It just wasn't worth it for me to sacrafice the e-mail functionality the Blackberry offers to get V Cast and a camera. The "V's" e-mail is just that poor.

2. I'm not sure I fully understand this quesiton. Do you mean setting up group distribution lists? If so I don't think it's possible. I had to manually select each person I wanted to send/copy an e-mail to each time.

3. I only set up one account and had forwaded everything else to the one account. I beleive that's all it can do.

The FAQ's for Wireless Sync can be found by clicking here. Some of the information applies to having a PDA on Verizon but most of it applies to the "V".

P.S. Another negative I just thought of. Zero attachment support. Can't even open a picture in an e-mail.
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$10 for unlimited in text messages plus 250 additional messages
Not that it matters, but just wondering. Do you really need to 250 additional with unlimited, or is the unlimited not really unlimited?
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That depends entirely on how much text messaging you do and whether on not the people you are messaging with have Verizon or not. I didn't know very many people who use it so I figured I needed the outside messages. There are other text messaging plans available with less outside messages included. I think the next one down is $5 for unlimited in messages and 50 out.
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Just thought I would mention in case you didn't know, but VCast for $15 includes the Mobile Web, so you do not need to pay the extra $5 per month.
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When using the BWC for email management, you are only able to configure one "reply-to" email address. Meaning every email sent from your Blackberry will look like it was sent from that one email account. Using a third-party application, I am able to configure the "reply-to" email address on the fly, meaning that when I reply to a work email, I can make it look like it came from my work email address, and when replying to one of my personal emails, I can make it look like it came from the appropriate personal email address.

Anything like that available?
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When using the BWC for email management, you are only able to configure one "reply-to" email address. Meaning every email sent from your Blackberry will look like it was sent from that one email account. Using a third-party application, I am able to configure the "reply-to" email address on the fly, meaning that when I reply to a work email, I can make it look like it came from my work email address, and when replying to one of my personal emails, I can make it look like it came from the appropriate personal email address.

Anything like that available?
I got it now.

You can not do that with the "V."
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I got it now.

You can not do that with the "V."
Thanks. So all email sent from the V will have only one reply-to email address, then. Is it one assigned by VZW or one you configure?

Really, this is only for info purposes. I like to make sure I know what it is I don't want. I am already convinced with what I know now that this mobile device is not for me.
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You can choose the reply to address.
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