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Old 12-08-2010, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the actual "ranking" of BB handsets in order of most basic to most advanced please?

We're looking at Blackberry right now and tbh we've concentrated on the "end user experience" and the administration.

Our trial handsets have been Curve 9300's and a Torch - the assumption was if we go the BB route Torch's would be a possible phone for the higher-up's who may not want a mere 9300, but for "normal" users what would you typically suggest?

Feature wise we'd want wifi and compatibility with european, USA, and asian mobile networks i.e. as close to worldwide as possible.

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That's a tall order.

Basically any of the newer devices have the latest and the greatest, simply put.

Newest devices: 9780, 9800, 9300, 9100, 9105

But there are also "new" CDMA network devices which won't work so well everywhere:
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As for the devices to work pretty much worldwide, you're best off with GSM devices, they are all quadband and in areas where there is CDMA there is more often than not GSM coverage also. Devices like the 9780, 9800, 9300, and 9100 series would fulfill this need. All have wifi.

For 'normal' users the 9300 should suffice, they are generally cheaper to buy. They lack internal GPS and a higher resolution display and higher resolution camera.
For higher ups devices such as the 9780 or 9800 would be suitable, yet they are more expensive. They feature the things that the 9300 doesn't include mentioned above and more.
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IMHO the best route is to try a few different models and see what each offers. Some people do not like touch screens and some think thatxxx8217;s the only way to go. As for the features, you can do a full comparison of models on the RIM web site. Keep in mind most executives want functionality and do not want to waste time playing with buttons to find things they need. Another consideration is full xxx8220;worldxxx8221; function. Not all GSM is the same and it would be best to talk to the carriers you intend to use to verify if the service will work in the countries you need. Keep in mind two cans and a string work for most VPxxx8217;s
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If you need advice as to which unit to use, take it from a field tester that has every GSM model released since the 8700. Torch (if users prefer a touch screen), or Bold 2 (9700) if users prefer a keyboard-only interface. You definitely want a GSM unit since you mentioned international travel, and you definitely want a 3G radio, obviously faster browsing experience, but as carriers move spectrum from 2G to 3G, you'll notice the 2G network footprint shrinking. Add to that, most of the M2M applications will be eating up 2G network resources, stick with 3G.
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