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Old 02-23-2006, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to get into the Blackberry market. One con I have found is
I haven't found a model that supports 802.11b. Is there one? I need the ability to browse websites and get e-mail via 802.11b not Blackberry Enterprise servers, is this possibly? I love the capabilities of Blackberry's but feel this is one area they fall short. One other question, I currently have T-Mobile service, will I be able to just pop the sim card out of my Motorola V330 and into the Blackberry model. Seems like the most popular models with T-Mobile are the 7100t, 7230 and 7290, any recommendations, pro's/con's.

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Not today. There is one BlackBerry - the 7270 - which is 802.11b only. No other radio frequency. There are no converged (radio + wifi) BBs. The core business markets that buy BlackBerrys are not asking for that.

You can take your T-Mobile SIM and put it in a BlackBerry, and it will work if you purchase the BlackBerry Data Plan and add it to your account.

There are several pro/con threads around. Too much for me to consolidate in one thread. So like the 7100t (I don't). The 7230 is old and I am not sure you can still get it. The 7290 is great, and the 8700 (coming to T-Mobile late March/earlyApril) is my personal favorite.

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Is is possible with T-Mobile to just add the $29.99 data plan to my existing plan without the .20 cent per minute charge.

BlackBerry Unlimited $29.99 $0.20 per minute Unlimited Web browsing & BlackBerry Internet E-mail access 300 inbound/outbound messages; $0.10 each additional message

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I think you can get a $19.99 unlimited plan - not $29.99.
Not sure about the .20/minute deal.
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I did ask tmobile CS about that 2 days ago, with voice plan, you can add data service for $19.99, without voice plan, you pay $29.99 for "data only".
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Can someone point me to some Threads with the Pro's and Con's of the 7100t, 7105t versus the 7290. I've done extensive searches and can't find any good data. From what I have seen it seems like

7100/7105 - Better battery life, better lcd, smaller

7290 - Bigger LCD, Full keyboard, more durable, better holster options.

7230 from Ebay - This might might be a good option, from comparing features it doesnt look like you lose much. I have T-Mobile service, it doesn't support 850 Mhz, only 1900, would this be an issue?

So far I seem to be leaning toward the 7290, any major cons I am missing?

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Simple, just get either one and return it within 14 days and try out the other one. Keep the one that you want.
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I have a 7290 and I am liking it more and more. One small problem is that the ring tones are not particularly loud. I have a largish house and now find that I am tending to miss calls if I pop into the kitchen to make a cup of tea and fail to hear the phone ring. I have set it at its loudest setting but it still rings softly. Apart from that it's great.
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I have a 7290 and I am liking it more and more. One small problem is that the ring tones are not particularly loud. I have a largish house and now find that I am tending to miss calls if I pop into the kitchen to make a cup of tea and fail to hear the phone ring. I have set it at its loudest setting but it still rings softly. Apart from that it's great.

i have been having the same problem, there needs to be a way to get custom 7290 ring tones that you would be able to hear when it's not straped to your side.
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