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Old 01-21-2007, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a three person consulting company and need to install a SBS 2003 server and get a blackberry with my email on it. I've existed until now with my laptop and outlook, but it would be much more convenient to receive email on a blackberry and check it anytime.

I just started looking at Blackberry's and have US Cellular service on my cell. I was thinking of moving to a blackberry for phone and data and of course everyone has the best one.

Can you suggest what brand/model and accessories I should consider?

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Welcome to BBForums.

First pick the carrier - location, location, location. Which one works best where you work, live, travel and commute. Once you've picked the carrier, choose the BlackBerry. Small form factor ("Suretype keyboard") or full size BlackBerry ("QWERTY keyboard).

I don't know anything about US Cellular, or what they offer.
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Depending on the area of the country you are in that will determine your carrier choice but sounds like you will stick with us cellular. In my opinion the 87XX series is the best to date. I use an 8703 from Verizon, i also use exchangemymail.com to host my e-mail with their servers, excellent service from those guys. You may want to check them out because it may be a cheaper solution than hosting your own. Any more questions just ask, everyone is happy to help and welcome to BBF...
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I live and work in metropolitain Chicago. I don't travel much.

Anyone have feedback or suggestions for me?

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looks like for BB's you have the 7250, 7130e, 8703e. I'd say go to one of their stores and try to play w/ live models to see which you like best. Those go in order of oldest to newest models by the way (I think).

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As NJBlackberry says, by the time you've first selected a carrier based on coverage and then decided whether you prefer SureType or full qwerty you're generally down to one model -- in some cases two where one of the choices is an older 72XX series which I wouldn't recommend unless you really can't or won't use the newer keyboards.
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If you're going to stick with US Cellular, get the 8703e.

For phone price, and data plan you'll need with the BB, I would check out Tmobile in the Chicago area. They have great coverage up there. However if you travel much, you'll need to see coverage for your carrier in those areas as well.

For instance, US Cell data plan for BB is $40 with a voice plan, $45 without. My TMO data plan is $20.00 plus my voice plan.

Compare.
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