02-06-2005, 06:44 PM
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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.