03-24-2005, 08:11 AM
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I had a BB 7520 for Nextel for a couple of weeks and I just returned it within the allotted evaluation period. With their rebate and discount thru my company's plan with Nextel, the BB essentially cost me zero. I currently have a Verizon Motorola V710 cell phone and although not perfect, I've been pretty happy with Verizon's cell service for the past six years. I do travel on business often, sometimes in remote areas, so having excellent roaming phone coverage is very important to me; more important than continuous data coverage.
Nearly everyone that I speak with, says that Nextel's phone service is marginal everywhere and that they keep it only on account of the Direct Connect feature. That's why i decided to return the Nextel BB and continue my quest.
After using the BB for two weeks, and the good integration with BES, I've decided to retire my recently purchased Palm T5 and combined my phone, BB and Palm into a single device, if that makes sense.
So, now I'm trying to sort out which service provider and whether to get a 72xx or 71xx style BB.
I'm considering Cingular, TMobile and Verizon. I live New England and at least looking at the regional and national coverage maps, it seems that Verizon has the most digital phone coverage. This would not be a concern to me if the BB also had analog phone capability.
All that said, I'm seeking input on which carrier to use and whether you like using the 72xx series as a phone and what using the SureType keyboard on the 71xx is like. Comments about battery life on either series, when using it as a phone, would be appreciated. It seems that GSM is lower power than Verizon's CDMA so I'm wondering how that affects the terrain here, which could be rather varied. Any comments about the 71xx as compared to a 72xx if you've used both and why you like one over the other would be helpful.
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