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Old 01-03-2006, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Due to the nature of the entrepreneurial businesses i have and all the increasing real estate i am involved in i have been seriously thkning about getting a 7130e BB.

My worry is whether i will be able to live without the voice dialing as i am in my car all the time and use BT alot. But even more important...is that i have checked out the maps thru evdo.com and it looks like Verizon only has evdo/broadband coverage in major cities....of which i dont currently live and wont for at least a year.

My question is that since i will be paying way more for my service of email and web browsing, will it still be worth it if i am relagated to 1xRTT service since i wont have EVDO/broadband most of the time. and i know this is a personal issue about my patience level. but i guess i am not sure if it would be worth it if i know i will get dialup speeds for when i surf the web and check email (i am not really planning on tethering here much if at all.). Is it really slow? or will it still be worth it ?

i know some people have had no problem at all with thier new unit and then some have had alot of problems. I live in where i get great cell phone coverage most of the time. But here in lexington, virginia it is a good ways to get to a Verizon dealer so i want ot make sure i do my homework on the unit before i get it since it is hard ot make the trips to roanoke or harrisonburg.

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Old 01-03-2006, 11:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is there really coverage out there most of the time? I'm a Virginia Tech grad and when I was there the old huge analog phones and bag phones were available and you couldn't get a signal out there. I guess things change.

Seriously...If I were you and wouldn't be able to get the full capabilities with that particular model BB, I'd look at another model BB or another type of phone or PDA that would fit my needs better. The data plan can be costly, but if you're not really using it, then it really wouldn't be worth paying the fees each month for something that you're unable to get your money's worth on at this time.

Yet, the ultimate choice is yours to make.

Are you just travelling in the Roanoke Valley, New River Valley, etc.? Will you be going to areas where you would be able to take advantage of the service enough in your travels? Are you currently upgrading or purchasing for the first time a BB or smartphone device? You'll need to take a look at the costs that you'll incur for the data fees and see if it is ultimately worth it. What's your current method of retrieving emails, etc (is it via a smartphone)?
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i would be coming from using a v710....where i have to really stay glued to my computer from home to check my emails 30 times a day.

while yes it doesnt appear EVDO would work here i think the internet and webbrowsing should work on the 1xRTT. I have looked at the costs and i beleive they are worth it as long as the web browsing and email is managable and not wicked slow. this is why i am asking. and yeah Verizon works very well in lexington, stanton and buena vista where i am at. so i should have internet and email use; it is a matter of whether it will be fast enough to be worth it since i know i wont have EVDO.

i have thought about other phones(non seem as impressive as the 7130e) and i would like voice dialing and a camera for the Real Estate deals, but those are worth giving up if the web browsing and email works well. So anyone who uses this phone in a non EVDO area....thoughts?
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come on....no one uses a 7130e outside of a EVDO service area to tell me if it is still worth the investment? bc i have been told that the 1xRTT is still quite useful wiht this fun but not as fast as EVDO.
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I use my 7130e's web browser and also use it as a tethered modem with my notebook. While I'm happiest when I get an EVDO connection, the 1xRTT connection is still verry useable. I don't think the difference between the two matters too much when using the 7130e's applications since browsing isn't usually done as extensively as you would on a PC due to the small screen and other ergonomic issues.

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No extra charge for EVDO - so when you do have access consider it to be a plus. I have EVDO all day long in DC, then as soon as I cross the bridge to go home its back to 1X.
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