There really are so few carrier choices that you should be able to easily jot down the differences among the carriers that offer Blackberry service. I'd definitely recommend checking coverage though as unusable is unusable no matter how cheap it is.
Originally Posted by MrMitchell
You would think older blackberries could get cheap service. Like if all you wanted was text messages someone should offer that at a reduced rate because then the blackberry device is nothing more than an overglorified 2 way pager. Sorry to rant like that but most features of a blackberry are not used. Most use them as e-mail extensions which is just passing encrypted text back and forth. Maybe someone should bring back that pager company with the space monkeys wearing tin foil hats.
Not really -- the carriers treat them like any other wireless device. No breaks if you bring your own equipment.
I also have to agree with Aroc that the Blackberry is a lot
more than just a 2-way pager. A given user might use it like a 2 way pager but its certainly capable of more and most people here certainly use more of its features. For one, I have yet to see Google Local or Berry411 on a 2-way pager...
Originally Posted by Aroc
If your wife really only needs email (and not full BIS-push email) then get a used, older BB, and see if you can get one of the $5-20/mo "cell phone" internet plans on it. You might get lucky and be able to get something like Sprint Vision, t-Mobile "T-Zones," or Cingular MEdia Net (sic) and still be able to send/receive email using WAP on a BB. In that case you'd have text email, basic WAP web browsing, and voice capabilities - essentially your "glorified two-way pager."
I know this won't work on TMO -- they closed that hole long ago. I don't think it works with Cingular either. You pretty much need a Blackberry data plan unless you just want a fancy phone.