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Old 05-19-2010, 08:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

Just been trying to find out about upcoming models of BlackBerrys as I have an iPhone but want to switch to a BB for a variety of reasons.

I am looking at the Bold 9700 as my network (O2) are pretty good and offering me a free upgrade and cheaper contract to the iPhone one I have. However, I've seen on the internet the BB 9650 or Essex and was wondering are there any dates for availability in the UK, I also heard that the 9650 isn't coming to Europe as it will not work with 3G in Europe are, is that true??? I'd rather wait a little bit for a new model than to jump in and the 9700 be outdated quickly, also the new iPhone is due around June time so I am interested in what features it will have.

Is the 9650 a significant upgrade from the 9700 (I know it looks nicer), but worth a couple of months wait?

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Old 05-19-2010, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Please don't get the 9650 unless your carrier specifically supports it.

Here is a detailed comparison between the 9700 and the 9650. Some (ME) wouldn't consider the 9650 any sort of upgrade...

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seems like the same exact phone to me, cept the 9650 is cdma and the 9700 is gsm
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You do realize that the original poster is in the UK and there is no CDMA there..
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No, the 9650 will not come to the UK, or Europe because its primarily a CDMA device, and the UK and Europe use GSM networks.

The 9650 is (effectively) the CDMA version of the 9700 GSM.

Go with the 9700, or wait a month and see what the new iphone will be like.
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thanks for the replies. i ordered a BB 9700 today as I can't see the new iPhone being a huge improvement on the features which annoy me.
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