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Old 01-09-2006, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dear Users:

Hello and good morning/evening/night to everyone. My name is Michael, and I currently run a small/midsized business containing approximately 30 employees. I am absolutely computer "illeterate" and excuse me if I am disrupting the flow of these boards. I have a few questions pertaining to the most likely use of the BlackBerry device(s). I run a small accounting and financing firm down in Florida, and I want my employees and I to be able to utilize E-Mail on the run (Most of us are very rarely in the office). Here are my questions:

1. Are the BlackBerry's reliable?

2. What kind of extended capabilities are there? (Such as programs like Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Mail)

3. Are they fairly simple to use?

4. Which is the best device available with Verizon wireless, I see the 7750 and the 7130, which one would be best for myself and my employees.


That is all.
Once again, I am sorry if I am asking the wrong question in the wrong place.

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Old 01-10-2006, 10:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Michael if you are going to rely on email and you are mobile then blackberry is perfect for you. If you need more of a phone and not much email then blackberry is probably not for you. If you are a gadget geek like me then........well you know......
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1. Are the BlackBerry's reliable?
You can't beat a BB for reliable email delivery.

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2. What kind of extended capabilities are there? (Such as programs like Yahoo Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Mail)
All of the above using programs like Verichat and IM+

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3. Are they fairly simple to use?
Some of the most technology illiterate people I've ever met that work at my company would not give up their blakberries for anything after a week or so of using one.

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4. Which is the best device available with Verizon wireless, I see the 7750 and the 7130, which one would be best for myself and my employees.
I've had all 3 devices that Verizon has offered over the past year.
Whatever you do do not get the 7750. They're terrible and slow. We have several and will hopefully be replacing them soon. Stick with either the 7250 or the 7130e.

I have the 7130e and I love it. There are 2 know issues with it right now that may not affect you. One is when disconnecting from a bluetooth device (earpiece, computer, etc.) they occasionally crash and reboot (about 1 in 5 times on mine). Also when using it as a teathered modem (Accessing the internet wireleessly from a laptop through your BB) it does this occasionally too. Both will hopefully be addressed with an update from RIM. Other than that it's the best BB I've used. The SureType on the 7130e takes a couple of days to get used to. Use the tutorial that comes up when you first turn the device on and do what it says and you'll probably prefer it to the full keyboard after a week to so like I did.
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3. Are they fairly simple to use?
If you can use email in your office, then you can use BlackBerry to check your email remotely. It is that simple.

There are some more advanced stuff (such as installing applets) that I am discovering on this very board that require a bit more skill, but most people live happly BlackBerry life without ever even knowing that these extra things can be done.
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