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Depends on where you are. T-Mobile and Cingular/AT&T Wireless have tended to be the better providers in the United States. Both are early adopters of hardware and will likely see newer hardware before the CDMA providers who have good voice coverage (Verizon). Both have the best rates available for Voice and Data.
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Depends on where you are. T-Mobile and Cingular/AT&T Wireless have tended to be the better providers in the United States. Both are early adopters of hardware and will likely see newer hardware before the CDMA providers who have good voice coverage (Verizon). Both have the best rates available for Voice and Data.
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often the companies that have the most extensive geographic coverage are "anal adopters." It really depends where you're located and whether your priority is continuous coverage or good product support etc.
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If you use Verizon, just stay away from the known DogBerry 7750 -- slow model -- and get the 7250 instead. Also if reception is important, avoid the clearance-sale 6210's and 6710's. Some are going for very cheap ($100).

Generally, the BlackBerries to get these days are the 7290 (GSM/GPRS), the 7250 (CDMA), and the 7520 (iDEN), with the 7100 series being a guest visitor for those people who use phone much more than data/email.

Since I am partial to GSM/GPRS, and they generally have more features in their ability to run third party networking software, I recommend the 7290 on Cingular/AT&T.

However, Cingular/AT&T and T-Mobile coverages have lots of overlap, and you may get better T-Mobile reception at home. Test Cingular/AT&T at your office and at your home (the places where you spend most of your time at), and if it's good, then that's the carrier I usually recommend. However, if you want better technical support instead, run away from Cingular and go to bed with T-Mobile instead.

The model 7250 finally gives CDMA a good BlackBerry, and Verizon does have great coverage in certain cities (i.e. New York city) which may be a buying consideration, however, the GSM/GPRS footprint have greatly increased in the last 2 years.
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