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Old 10-09-2007, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HELP PLEASE WITH OUR QUANDRY. My wife and I use two-year-old Verizon Motorola V710 phones and Apple Mac OS X computers. Our Verizon contract will end in two weeks. We'd like devices with wi-fi, email and browser capabilities and phone operating systems that can easily sync with our Mac computers. GPS capability is tempting, but we're not sure that we'd use GPS enough to make its added cost worthwhile. iPhones are exciting but have drawbacks. We're looking at BlackBerry phones from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, because the BlackBerry OS can sync with our Mac computers via PocketMac or Missing Sync. We're not aware if there are other devices on the market, other than iPhones, that could sync with our Mac computers. We've liked Verizon coverage and customer service but had bad experiences with AT&T service in the past. We're not aware of any wi-fi capable Verizon devices, and Verizon plans seem more expensive. We live in two places -- (1) a city in Hawaii that has Verizon CDMA/EV-DO coverage and AT&T and T-Mobile GSM/GPRS/EDGE coverage and (2) a small town in Oregon which has Verizon CDMA/EV-DO coverage and T-Mobile GSM/GPRS/EDGE coverage but only off-network, roaming coverage for AT&T devices. Since we plan to port our Hawaii phone numbers to our new devices, we're concerned about AT&T's excess off-network usage policy that could lead to early AT&T service termination or expensive surcharges. We might be able to get AT&T to waive its EON policy. We've heard that EV-DO is considerably faster than EDGE, which makes Verizon more attractive. The wi-fi capabilities of T-Mobile and AT&T phones might lessen that advantage. We've heard from family and friends that T-Mobile has good customer service but coverage that's more spotty than that of Verizon or AT&T. Comparing specs, GSM phones seem to offer better battery performance (call and standby times) than CDMA phones; but we've heard that GSM networks may drop calls more frequently than CDMA. GSM's worldwide capability is attractive. Recognizing that our info may be incorrect, can you make any suggestions about a carrier and phone that might help us solve our quandry? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
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You seem to have done a lot of research already. One thing I don't know if you realize....Verizon BB's do NOT have GPS. The BB 8830 has GPS built in but Verizon cripples it so you can't use it.

Also, be aware that while you can sync a BB with PocketMac and MissingSync but you CANNOT reload or upgrade your OS with those utilities. There is no way to do this without a Windows computer or Windows environment like Parallels or BootCamp.

Good luck!
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Also, be aware that while you can sync a BB with PocketMac and MissingSync but you CANNOT reload or upgrade your OS with those utilities. There is no way to do this without a Windows computer or Windows environment like Parallels or BootCamp.
Wow! Although we have an old Dell Notebook here in Oregon, we don't want to have to carry it back and forth between here and Hawaii in order to service BBs. The many published complaints about Windows Vista caused us to switch to Mac OS X. After 20+ years with Windows, we LOVE the Mac OS and our MacBook Pro notebooks. We don't want to install Windows on our Macs and thereby/thereafter have to worry about viruses and spyware. It looks like we'll have to accept the drawbacks of iPhones or stay away from Smartphones entirely.

THANK YOU John! You saved us from a lot of grief!
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