07-29-2007, 09:08 AM
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Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ventura County, CA
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
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Have you visited Verizon's website and/or contacted their sales folks (by phone, not the saleskids in the store)?
With the Blackberry, you'll have to have a data plan, in addition to any voice plan that you select (or currently have).
If you think you'll be on your internet more than a few instances during a billing period, you would be well-advised to select the unlimited data plan, which is more expensive, but will prevent those agonizing over-charges that might otherwise surprise you if you chose the lesser of the two data plans.
Your BB will come loaded with one game (this is a business device, not a GameBoy). There are countless freeware, shareware and for-purchased game applications that you can download.
The BB is loaded with numerous ringtones and alerts, but adding additional ringtones is easy (and free, by the way) by downloading MP3 files from any website directly to the BB.
In addition to the BB's own email address (email@example.com), where xxx is the carrier (vzw, etc.), you can set up ten additional POP email accounts on your BB (Earthlink, Yahoo, Gmail, whatever...).
There are several instant messaging applications that will work on the BB. I have Google Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Ramble (which is for AOL IM), and Blackberry Messenger (works exclusively between ANY Blackberry, regardless of carrier). There are others, too.
Google has a variety of applications that are designed for the BB (Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google News). Yahoo has their own suite, but it is somewhat slower, but works fine nevertheless. You can access pretty much any of your Yahoo applications (Groups, Calendar, Email, Address Book, etc.).
I have the 8703e and love it. I have colleagues who have the newer models, but I'm happy with mine and don't plan on replacing it any time soon. Verizon has been outstanding with their customer support, and the coverage is pretty darned good, as you probably already know.
Others here will certainly add much more info than I've provided you. It's a Sunday, so give it a day or so to see the responses pile up.
Last edited by PCW : 07-29-2007 at 03:09 PM.