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Old 02-04-2006, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Howdy All,

I am looking into getting a blackberry. I have looked at all the models, compared the prices, service providers, specs, and am still not sure which on to get.

I used to be a Palm owner, then I had a PPC (Dell Axim that got stolen from me), I have not had a PDA in long while, and have become lost without one.

I decided I wanted a blackberry, for all the functions it offers. Here is what is more important to me:

- Design - I like the full querty keyboard (the 7100's have the multiple letter keys, which are great - I know how to use them - but it is just like my cell phone) - however, my issue comes with the fact that I am 5'0" and have smaller hands. I don't want something that is too big. I saw the 8700c, but am not sure if that is what I want

- I do NOT have a preference when it comes to service provider, I will go where the blackberry is. Unless there is a significant difference in the quality of the service.

- I want to be able to access my emails, surf virutally any website, instant message, text message, organize my contacts, tasks, calendar, memo's, etc.

- At this point, I do have a cell phone, but would most likely after learning the ropes of the blackberry convert it from a data plan, to a cell phone and data plan - so I will need to take into consideration the cell phone quality of it.

With that being said, I had narrowed my options down to these BBs:

7105t

7100g

8700c

I have seen a bunch of issues with defects and bugs so I got confused and am not sure which one to get.

Which one would you suggest? What do you use? Any problems with any of these that I should be aware of?

Thank you all so much. This means so much to me.
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Your choices are broken into two areas:

1) Service provider - Sprint, Verizon and Cingular are here to stay. Everyone else, IMO, is suspect to significant changes. Sprint and Verizon are CDMA providers, while Cingular is GSM. Advantages of GSM are potential for international service, and the SIM card portability. Advantages of CDMA - again, in my experience - it is basically faster than GSM. Don't everyone get all ticked and start a GSM vs CDMA war. They are effectively equal. But my experience has been better with CDMA (probably a regional issue). Lastly, I have found the full Sprint plans (phone, data plan, shared minutes, etc.) to be slightly less expensive. But remember, cell phone plans are like underwear. It doesn't matter what I say, it only matters what feels good for you.

2) Phone type - once you solve the service provider problem for your area, you will need to decide on the keypad. If you're heavy on email, BES connected, responding to 5+ emails an hour, you probably want the full qwerty keyboard of an 8700 or 7250. If you are not BES connected, or only expect to respond to a few emails in a day, the 71xx series is probably best. Do remember that there are differences between all these models in the areas of screen (viewed in daylight), resolution, and processor speed. Also note that the 71xx models use a slightly different menu system than the 8700 and 72xx models. Play with them and see what you like.

I'm currently a Sprint customer, BES connected, with multiple BIS accounts also hitting my device. My 7250 is awesome for me, but I'm very intrigued by the 8700. I am hopeful that Sprint comes out with a model on their network in the next couple of months, because I'm out of contract and very tempted to make a change. That's one downside of Sprint - usually not the first with a phone, and very poor at telling their customers what's coming down the road. Not smart marketing, IMO. But the service (in my area) is superior.
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Old 02-04-2006, 04:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you so much Kitmoni, that was very helpful.

I at this point have a cell phone through Sprint. So I will make a decision based on that to figure out what I would like.

I will be answering more than 3 + emails an hour. Sending text messages constantly and such. I can use my cell phone that I have now for my phone calls. I figure I at this point will only use it for everything data that does not have to do with voice calls.

I thought about the differences in the keyboard. I love the styling and how the 7100's have to their look, and how I figure it will fit in my hand. I am going to head to the mall in a few to hold some, and see what I can find out. The thing I am not sure of is if I want to get the full QUERTY or not, it makes a good difference in width, which I need to take into consideration. But then again, if I wanted to be able to email and text from the 7100 keypad, then I would just keep my cell phone, know what I mean?

Any other opinions?

Again Kitmoni, thank you so much for taking the time to answer me.
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I have used the 7100g, 7290, treo650 (dont know what possesed me), and 8700c. I would have to choose the 8700c above all else
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I agree with Corey, the 8700 is just very enticing. For the amount of email you're bound to be doing, I would most certainly favor the full keyboard. Also, if you look at the specs, they aren't that different in size. Finally, just understand that once you have everything on a blackberry, you won't want to switch back and forth. You'll be using bluetooth, dialing from emails and contacts, dialing conference bridges from a calendar reminder. It's the ultimate in full integration. I've known two people who started your way and dumped their cell phones within two weeks. Good luck...
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Okay, Thank you Kitmoni :D

I will stop by cingular this afternoon and find out what they can give me.

I am actually wondering if it is possible to get just data with cingular, they don't seem to be really offering that much. Not sure.

I just have to be smart for now. I need another phone number anyway, so I will have to see ;)

If anyone else has any other thoughts, please let me know. Advice is never accessive :D
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Cingular has data only as well as the more typical data/voice combo. Let us know how you like. I am thinking of switching to them just to get the 8700...gotta have that QWERTY keyboard.

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For the amount of emailing and texting, I would advise the 8700, but if you consider a 7100, look at the 7130 (with Verizon). It is the best of the 71xx series.
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I always found the 7100 hard to type on. There was a discussion a while back that had it listed who used what. Most of the 7100 users said they typed at full speed just as a 7290 user. I could never type that fast with a 7100. I kept messing up. The full qwerty keyboard is priceless for me. Not to mention the 8700c has more memory, its faster and the colors and screen are upgraded from the 7200 series. Oh yea and i forgot to mention the speakerphone, a great addition for me.
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Full qwerty versus SureType is definitely a personal preference. I tried the 7100t and couldn't stand SureType although I had previously used T9 and had been reasonably happy with it. I'd recommend the 8700c, not only for its full qwerty keyboard but for EDGE, its faster processor, better display, and there's probably more that isn't coming to mind at the moment.

Definitely check coverage of any potential carrier in your area. Don't reply on the coverage maps. Check with friends, family, and coworkers who use other carriers and make the most of your trial period with whichever carrier you decide to try. Coverage varies greatly from market to market and definitely even within markets.
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agreed. We use a Maptool at my store for showing our customers the coverage areas. And while the map is updated frequently, I feel that talking to your friends and family about what service they prefer is the best option. Keep in mind as well, if you dont like your service, most providers offer a trial period in which you can cancel with out ETF's
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Just a quick update.

I spoke to Cingular today, and as soon as I get the funds to get the 8700c I will be getting it. I am getting the data only plan just for now, until I get back to Tennesee, then I will open a new phone number to use on it.

So...on the issue of funds. Anyone interested in buying a Sony PSP loaded with games and accessories? Ha. I need to find money somewhere.
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I understand that with the deals you can get it for free after rebates from Amazon.com and or buy.com
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Yeppers, I saw that. I am just trying to figure out exactly what I have to sign up for to get it.
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Liv,
Yes, I work for T-Mob. I myself am partial to their service, and pricing. You have several options open to you, depending on how you plan on using your BB.(ignoring my employee plan). The service is great..as well as the PDA support. 7100 series is your best bet. I'm 5'9 and a half, but have slender hands. This is what pushed towards the 7100t instead of the 8290.
The 8290 is far too cumbersome for me. The Suretype feature on BB'S is really not that much different from Predictive Text.
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Still struggling a little bit between the 7105t and the 8700c, I am 85 percent sure I am going to go with the 8700c, the kicker comes with the fact that T-Mobile has really cruddy coverage in the three states I travel between the most during the year, as opposed to cingular (the 8700c) having the most, and well covered areas.

So I am thinking it will be te 8700c, I just have to do a good case search I suppose. Vajacases.com is my favorite case place, but they have none yet for the 8700c. I am sad about that :(
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Wow, I just looked at the Vaja cases for the BB. They really need to update their product line! They do have nice cases for the RAZR though.
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Arn't they stinkin awesome?!?

I want an ivolution to come out for the 8700c, they have a really really really pretty one for the 7105t, they seem a bit pricey, but ultimately worth every penny. I have had my ipod in my ivolution case for over a year, and it does not have a sign of wear or tear yet.
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You might look at the Forte or Gizmoskin cases. I love the 8700 and you can find alot of info on my Tips site.

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I want an ivolution to come out for the 8700c, they have a really really really pretty one for the 7105t, they seem a bit pricey, but ultimately worth every penny. I have had my ipod in my ivolution case for over a year, and it does not have a sign of wear or tear yet.
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Woo Hoo!

Just got an email from vajacases, they are going to make one for the 8700c really soon :D
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