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Old 06-15-2007, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious why people use both a cell phone and a BB device. Would you be normally carrying two cell phones anyway, or do you just not like the BB as a phone?
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Just curious why people use both a cell phone and a BB device. Would you be normally carrying two cell phones anyway, or do you just not like the BB as a phone?
prior to recently the phone side of the BB has been less than stellar..

my 8700 was 'ok', but no noise cancel, holding brick to your ear, and not so hot speakerphone were hard to deal with..

my new 8300 (aka Curve) is WAY WAY better..

Also, many companies would pay for the data service but not the phoen service.. (mine is like that for certain users)

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Because I use the BB for my job, provided by the company I consult for and they don't pay for cell phone service for any of the 320+ bbs here.

Personally, my cell phone is so much smaller than the 8800 and I don't have to carry the bb after hours and weekends so I actually leave it at home - Ok... rarely...
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Nope - for me it was intially about paying an unreasonable amount to the company for the minutes I used , even to calls "in network". And yes - going through the bill to highlight personal calls. That has changed (not before I got my own phone) but I will stick with two phones so I can leave my BB at home on "my time"
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I used to carry a phone and a BB, back when I had my 7290. That was also before we had a BES. So now that I have a BES, and a much less bulky phone, I'm completely content with using my BB as a phone. And I'm also fortunate enough to have my company pay my bill.
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I have an ATT BB8800 and a Verizon phone. The BB is the primary for everything. The Verizon phone is my personal phone and is my backup in those areas where the ATT/Cingular coverage is less than stellar.
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I own my own company and my BB is my lifeline to clients. I get emails and phone calls ALL the time. However, this weekend I am taking a long weekend and my wife and I are going to a friends wedding (without the kids) and there is no way in heck my wife would let me take the BB. So I fall back on the regular cell phone.
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If the BB could do data and voice simultaneously, that would address the biggest problem of using the BB for data and voice.
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For me, the company pays for the blackberry, but won't pay for the phone.

If ATT would allow me to put my own voice contract on the same device that they bill data to my company, I and many others, would move my voice contract in a flash. 'Till then, I carry my own phone (which is not on AT&T)
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Just curious why people use both a cell phone and a BB device. Would you be normally carrying two cell phones anyway, or do you just not like the BB as a phone?
I have a Verizon cell phone and a T-Mobile Blackberry.
Verizon is very dependable and I always have service. T-Mobile I get service everywhere except the 2nd floor bathroom in my house haha.

Anyways, that's not why I have 2 phones. I have 2 phones because I had the Verizon phone when I first started working for a company, then the Blackberry was give to me.

I think the rule of thumb in the business world is...the more phones that you have on your belt, the more important you must be hehe
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