Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry
And the 7100i and the 7130e...
And you must remember that the BlackBerry is primarily used by businesses and not enthusiasts. Not one of the 1000 internel BB customers has ever requested additional BT capability. Or ringtones or themes, but that's a different story.
I will agree that most business people are not interested in ringtones or themes, but functionality is the primary reason most of these people purchase a phone of this nature. Now, if anyone were to tell me that synchronizing a Blackberry via Bluetooth, as opposed to having to have a cable on hand for every computer you work with (I have 3) does not come under the heading of functional, then I will argue the point.
All 3 of my computers have Bluetooth because of my PDA and a Razor V3. I would either have to carry 3 cables everywhere I go or have 9 cables. But because Cingular decided not to cripple bluetooth, I can install ringtones, sychronize my phonebook with Outlook and transfer photos to and from the Razor - all without a cable and without going thru Cingular. And if you think to convince me that wireless carriers have nothing to do with disabling these functions, then check out the class action suit that Verizon just lost for this very reason.
Finally, I would like to quote "To each, his own". I have lived with a briefcase full of cables for many years, and now the technology is here to eliminate that. The only reason it is not fully implemented is because they would like 25 cents to send a picture or $2.50 for a ringtone or $2.00 for wallpaper.