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Old 06-05-2006, 11:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want a BB, but I'm confused, still, after searching all over the net...

basically, if you had the choice to go with ANY provider, ANY BB...what would be your ideal combo?

I have the opportunity to get into any provider I want...I just dont want to get into something, get out of something, change...etc etc...

I'm in the Metro-Detroit (Michigan) area, and will also be using the device for my primary voice phone...

Thanks...sorry if this topic is touched every-other-day...I'm just itchin to get into a
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Old 06-05-2006, 11:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Which carrier has the best coverage in your area? That should be your starting question.

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Old 06-05-2006, 11:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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^^^ What he said. Once you know your carrier, we can recommend a model BlackBerry compatable with their network.
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not 100% sure...I've been asking for months...I have Nextel, and I'd def say, its not the best, at all...

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I love my 7100i via Nextel and Ixxx8217;m sure that there is other on this forum that feels the same way. Coverage is great in my area so I canxxx8217;t complain.

Take a look at this thread to see how well Cingular is in your area. http://blackberryforums.com/showthread.php?t=37267

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I'll vote for a Cingular 8700. Never really had coverage issues in Detroit when I visited. I love the 8700 so much more than my 7100g. Now if you want to tether it as laptop only VZ has EVDO on the 7130. Otherwise, I would want an 8700.

The other posts ask very valid questions.
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so EVDO is on Sprint / Verizon?
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EDGE is on Tmobile / Cingular?

what does Nextel have??

and whats the best for data...?
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so EVDO is on Sprint / Verizon?
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EDGE is on Tmobile / Cingular?

what does Nextel have??

and whats the best for data...?
EVDO is on Sprint/Verizon/Nextel

EDGE is on T-Mo/Cingular

The best for data is EVDO. It's much faster. But if I had the choice I'd go with T-Mobile's 8700G. That's what I want to get.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:24 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Nextel uses a network called iDen. It is the slowest data network. Not comparable to EDGE or EVDO (which is the fastest).
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BlackBerry 8700c on Cingular

The BlackBerry 8700 since it's the latest QWERTY device. The 8700c model, since it runs on the Cingular.

Cingular is going to give you international converge, very good domestic U.S. coverage, and EDGE (ISDN-like speeds) for data access. Cingular for the most part has better coverage than the cheaper T-Mobile, in most cases. VErizon and Sprint/Nextel do not have the 8700-series yet. So no EV-DO (broadband-like) access. EDGE speeds (ISDN-like) on Cingular or T-Mobile is your best bet at the moment.

I'd also get the full BES server for work. This will give you the best mobile data (coporate email/calendar/address book/etc integration) If you are an executive, this should be easy for you to sign for, get $$ approval, and put into action.
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Go with whoever provides the best actual coverage (real world coverage and not just what a coverage map claims) in locations you're frequently in. It doesn't matter much if you can't use the device or if poor coverage causes your Blackberry to chew through its battery.
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well, further investigation...

Sprint is not bad.
Cingular is ok, but drops calls in this area..
Verizon is solid...
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I have an 8700g from tmo. I live in columbus, but when I visited Detroit I had no coverage issues. If I were you I would go with Tmo, verizon, or cingular...in that order.
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I have been with Cingular and T-Mobile, and although coverage is the same in my area, I ported to T-Mobile because of the prices and selection of devices. I am currently using a 7105t and loving it.
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