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Old 03-31-2007, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in the process of figuring out if I "need" vs. "want" a Blackberry. I have the enV and itís a great phone. I really don't use the camera much, and I haven't used the WAP service either. (mostly because it cost's extra money and uses minutes)

I don't use a tenth of the multimedia "bling" that the phone is capable of. No ring tones (I don't care and just use the factory settings), no video watching, and I have an ipod nano for music. If I'm on vacation I usually just bring a camera to take pictures.

I just started a web design side business and most of my referrals are brought in by word of mouth right now. I'm not a super heavy emailer right now, maybe 5 to 10 a day. I do foresee, however, an increase in email traffic as the business grows, and when I start to advertise.

I have tried the verizon sync email, but I have four email accounts that I need to check everyday. Two are POP3, IMAP or SMPT and the other two are Gmail accounts. It also costs 19.99 for a subscription to wireless sync and I guess it uses airtime. I use about 150 text messages a month, and some of which could easily be emails in the future.

I already pay around $90 a month, and for the same $20 (for sync email), I could be on the 1350min Blackberry plan with what seems like... a lot more "bang" for the buck.

So, I'm wondering if I could get some advice from those of you that had to make similar decisions. If you went with the blackberry:

Do you think it was worth it?

Did you increase your productivity?

How did you justify the price of the plan increase or the price of the phone itself, if you were on something-similar to my 1350min/500txt (voice/text) plan?

What kind of changes do you see, if any, with this kind of service?
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From what you've stated I think you answered your own question. Blackberries are awesome devices for business or personal use. The email is super stable. I think you should go with the blackberry. I have a 8703e and it's awesome.
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Well since you asked the BB users, the answer is go with the BB. You ask the LG forum, my guess they will say go with the LG.

You have to have a BB dataplan if you want email and Internet on the BB. I don't know if that was figured into your costs or not.

I have an 8700c and love it.
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Thank you for the replies...

I guess the initial question was "preloaded" with my thought process. I'm more or less, trying to talk myself into the blackberry. When I got the LG 9900 enV, I planned on using the plethora of features it offers everyday, but I just use it for the phone and text messaging.

I'm the type of person that says; "I gotta have it now"... regardless of the reality. I need a reality check, as this will be the 2nd phone in 6 months to cost over $300.

What do you all think of this; Buy used on the cheap and try it out, then upgrade if I really use it? I don't really "trust" used, but I don't want to spend another $300 hundred for a "phone" I don't use to its full potential.
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I did it! I'm the proud owner of the 8703e... and now all I have to do is figure out how this thing works!

Thanks!
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congrats

fortunately there is plenty of support here to help you along the journey of learning this awesome and powerful device!!!

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My wife has the LG phone. I have a Blackberry 7100T. Even when she was using the email synch feature it didn't seem as robust as my BB.

She's used the camera perhaps 1/2-1 dozen times in the almost 2 years she's had it. I've wished I had a camera perhaps 1/2 dozen time I've had my BB, but haven't missed it even then.

Neither one of us has any desire to watch videos, leaving that Vcast feature from VZW worthless.

I wanted something I could use with Outlook for email, calendaring and contacts. I have my entire business, except for Quickbooks, on my hip.

The only thing I can't do is check my own website...for some reason it doesn't render on the BB webbrowser.
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When I was deciding on what phone to get, and almost the whole market available to me, I had to think what I wanted and what I needed.
I wanted a qwerty pad. so that limits it alot. Quadband, or atleast Triband, cause I go to the states.
I dont need a camera, as I have a 10.1Mp 400D with a load of lenses, and a little 7Mp one that i take everywhere. I dont need an Mp3 player, as I have a shuffle and a 6gb iRiver.
The thing that really sold me, was being able to get my Gmail to my phone, and as I'm going into the army, it would make communication between me and others that much easier.

Just think about what you want in a phone, what you need/dont need.
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So, I'm wondering if I could get some advice from those of you that had to make similar decisions. If you went with the blackberry:

Do you think it was worth it?

Did you increase your productivity?

How did you justify the price of the plan increase or the price of the phone itself, if you were on something-similar to my 1350min/500txt (voice/text) plan?

What kind of changes do you see, if any, with this kind of service?
These are all very subjective questions and you'll get differing answers from different people. I definitely think it was worth it and it justified not only the cost of a BB data plan but BES hosting as well. YMMV.
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