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Old 01-16-2007, 05:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I love the feel of the 8703....Looks like a rock solid device.

My question is how is call quality and clarity on the Verizon network compared to a Q?

Also, w/ the email, does it grab email as soon as I recieve one?

And, how is the battery life on the 8703?
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Old 01-16-2007, 05:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Call quality is great on my 8703e. It is just as good as the Moto e815 and Moto V3C razr that I previously used.

Yep email is automatically "pushed" to your device.

Battery life could be better. I charge mine daily. I use IM, email, web and phone pretty often though.
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The call quality on my alltel (cdma) 8703e is awesome. Plus the speaker phone is outstanding. My email hits my bb the sametime it hits my in box. I use YAHOO! And Gmail. The battery life is average at best. However you can get an extended battery at seidioonline.com
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I have not used the 8703, but I used to be a Verizon customer, and I did own the Q at one point.

Call quality/clarity on Verizon has always good. It was good on my Q and the 7130e.

You will have PUSH email if you use a blackberry.net, yahoo, or gmail account if you use BIS. Other accounts get pulled about every 15 minutes. If you use a BES, you will have Push email also.

The battery on my 7130e was great, whereas the battery on the Q was horrible.

Are you trying to decide between a Q and a 8703e?
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I use the 8703e on Verizon and find it to be the best phone I have ever used on Verizon...

7250, 7130e, Q, 7130e, now 8703e

To solve battery issues I have the Seidio Super Extended Battery... with what I consider to be fairly heavy use I charge every 3 to 4 days.
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I switched from the Q last week. I tried really hard to like it but after my 4th one, I couldn't take it anymore. Too many issues with freezing up and the slow OS causing me to miss every third letter.

Call quality is about the same, battery life is better on the 8703e. The last update really helped the battery life on the Q (between the second and third update), but the 8703e is still better

I'm exceptionally happy with the 8703e, but I miss voice dial. Other than that, no complaints

One comment about the form factor: yes, the Q is super slim, but it still occupied enough pocket space that I couldn't really fit anything else in there ie cigarettes. So the slimness really didn't mean much to me
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my 8703e call quality is great, battery is pretty damn good, i have heavy usage, lot of e-mails on BES, 3500-4500 min month so plenty of voice time, battery life gets it done. Q has good voice qual as well but nothing better than bb...
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i loved the 8703e from verizon - solid phone. the q was terrible - i hated it - too many button presses to do anything. i recently switched to the pearl on cingular so i have my barely used 8703e for sale. pm me if interested.

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My plans are to get the 8703e and use it on Sprint...I think I will like it better than the 8700c.
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As everyone has said, the Q has all the bells and whistles, but it can't do any of them well. My 8703e has great call quality and the battery lasts all day...I charge at night. On top of that, the 8703e just works. You can't say that about the Q...the WM5 software is unstable and bug ridden...and you'll spend more time looking for hacks and exchanging for a new Q every month
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My plans are to get the 8703e and use it on Sprint...I think I will like it better than the 8700c.
Why is the 8703e better then the 8700c?
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Me likey my 8703e! Had the 7105t with TMO. Like this one better.
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My plans are to get the 8703e and use it on Sprint...I think I will like it better than the 8700c.

If the 8703e is a Verizon phone, you can't use it on Sprint, even though it is compatible (CDMA). Sprint has a policy of not allowing non-Sprint branded phones on their network. Same with Verizon - it has to be a Verizon branded phone.

If you go GSM and unlock the device, you can use it on either T-Mo or Cingular as they have no such policy (yet).

The 8703 and the 8700 is basically the same phone, hardly any differences. Individual carriers do things to them however. I think Verizon has decoupled the GPS, but I am not 100% sure.
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If the 8703e is a Verizon phone, you can't use it on Sprint, even though it is compatible (CDMA). Sprint has a policy of not allowing non-Sprint branded phones on their network. Same with Verizon - it has to be a Verizon branded phone.
Sprint sells the 8703e also.
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Sprint sells the 8703e also.
Didn't know that. But it must have the Sprint logo on it. Makes sense though since both Verizon and Sprint are CDMA. You'd think the GSM world would do the same thing.
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I have a BB 8703e from Verizon Wireless.

The 8703e is about half the speed of the GSM/EDGE 8700 blackberrys. The 8703e uses a Qualcomm MSM6500 processor versus the GSM/EDGE 8700's Intel/Marvell 312Mhz processor.

And as a BIS user, I have had the worst experience. I use both yahoo plus and gmail and recently my received emails are never sent to my blackberry 8703e. I have called Verizon wireless technical several times and have been told that there is nothing wrong with the service or your blackberry, yet I still have problems receiving emails from either the yahoo plus account or the gmail account.

Verizon wireless's position has been if you can receive a single PIN-to-PIN message then there is no problem and basically get lost. Never mind that the PIN-to-PIN message took about 30 minutes to arrive.

Unless you have access to the Blackberry enterprise server (BES) then Verizon wireless is NOT for you. They could careless about individual BIS users.
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