Originally Posted by BoomCricket
I'm currently a Verizon customer and have been thinking of switching to Cingular to get one of the newer models. I'm not sure what I should do considering the rumors of a new device going to Verizon in the next few months.
Network aside, is there any reason to switch to Cingular for BB devices rather than simply wait for Verizon? I know VZ has a tendency to lock their phones down but unsure if it negatively affects the BB's.
It's generally not a good idea to switch carriers based on a particular device. However, the CDMA carriers have always been really slow to get newer Blackberries. Additionally, as you've said, Verizon does have a nasty tendency to cripple devices that they release. Yes, this has affected their Blackberries as well. Ask anyone who owns a VZW 8703e about the built-in GPS...
I'd say just make sure that Cingular's coverage meets your needs. Always
shop for carriers based on coverage first.
Originally Posted by Dubdub
As for "locking down" the phone, I do not understand what you mean. Verizon uses CDMA technology so only a Verizon branded phone will operate on their network Sprint has a similar policy. The GSM carriers do not. An unlocked GSM phone should work well on either Cingular or T-Mobile.
If you mean locking applications, all the carriers do that in some fashion.
Again, search for Verizon, 8703e and GPS... It's really not the same as what Cingular did to BBmaps on the 8800. VZW 8703e owners can't use their GPS at all
. Cingular 8800 owners didn't get BBmaps preloaded. While it's no loss in my book, BBmaps can be loaded on the 8800. There's currently no fix for GPS on the VZW 8703e aside from using an external BT GPS.
I've never had anything locked on my 6230, 7230, 7100t, 7290 (Cingular or TMO), or 8700c so I don't know what you mean by "all carriers do this". Yes, you can find different carriers locking different devices but the OP was asking specifically in reference to Blackberries. The VZW 8703e is the only fitting example that I know of...
Originally Posted by Dawgfan
Having had a BB with Verizon and Cingular I am not bothered by the EDGE network. I was worried that going from the EV-DO to EDGE would cost me some major time in browsing but IMO it seems the BB are not designed for web browsing primarily and therefore don't really take advantage of the faster speeds.
There's a known bottelenck with browsing on a BB. Not sure if it's hardware, OS or both but the people complaining about the lack of 3G on current BB's haven't been paying attention to this issue or they would realize that it's a moot point until this is resolved (unless they just want to tether).