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Old 03-05-2006, 07:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just picked up a 8700c last week, I love it! but the push mail seems slow, and I cant use IM without paying for an Extra data charge besides the unlimited Data.

Should I take it back while I am still in the grace period and get a tmobile?
Would the data plan on tmobile get me access so I can use IM(yahoo)?

I am on a family plan righ tnow that I just signed up for so I can switch it before my time is up...
What are your opinions?
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It would entirely depend on how T-Mobile's coverage is versus Cingular in your area.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use the unlimited data, I have never been charged for data. Besides, Unlimited with Cingular is truly unlimited. If you simply tell the Customer service agents at cingular that you have mistakenly been charged for data while you are on the unlimited plan, they will credit your account. I have done it in the past when I had conflicting feature problems (an error on my part). T-mobile is nice, but there are currently fewer stores than Cingular in the south. As for push email, I get mine in less than 1 min. need it quicker than that?
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I use Tmobile. I have a regional plan that gives me 3000 minutes. I pay $19 a month to add-on blackberry and then have to pay $4.99 a month to get 500 SMS Messages. I also have the T-Mobile hotspot access (Starbucks access and some book stores) that costs me $20 a month.

I find that T-Mobile has lower prices and better add-on services. They don't have the best customer service sometimes on the 611. The coverage sometimes sucks but most of the time it works just fine and the price is where I can manage it. If it were more I would consider switching.
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Looks like if I get the
Tmobile'sfamily plan for $59 the add on blackberry is $19 total would be $78 a month for my 2 phones.
Cingular is $59 for a family plan + $44.95 for the Unlimite blackberry witch is $103 month

Cingular is only 550 min included and tmobile is 700 min included both have free nights and weekends so it looks like tmobile is a MUCH better deal.

I am unsure if I use the wap.cingular if I get charged for it... some say now and some say yes... Is that part included with tmobile? Right now with work I have a 7100i and a 7290 T-mobile and they are both great (but connect to a BES that will not allow any IM)
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SteveSparks - The $20 BB plan should have X number of text message bucket available, or do you use that much?
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The 20$ BB Unlimited Plan doesnt come with text messages, the only one is the sidekick unlimited for 20$ that comes with unlimited text messages.
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If T-Mobile covers your area well, then you should switch.
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Don't think T-Mobile has the 8700 yet. Some posters say it will be April when they do get it.

As for service, you need to look at where you use the phone and make sure T-Mobile has coverage. Look at where you live, work, play and travel. If there isn't coverage, why switch?
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Well with Tmobile... $59 I get 1000 whenever min, Unlimited blackberry AND Unlimited Instant/text messeges... So with this plan I get text included.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rollerbones
Well with Tmobile... $59 I get 1000 whenever min, Unlimited blackberry AND Unlimited Instant/text messeges... So with this plan I get text included.
Yep! Dats da one I have! Good stuff.
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Well with Tmobile... $59 I get 1000 whenever min, Unlimited blackberry AND Unlimited Instant/text messeges... So with this plan I get text included.
I haven't found a better deal yet, and you also get unlimited web browsing. If you want to connect and sync with enterprise e-mail (desktop redirector or Exchange/Notes server) it's an extra $10 per month. I have the 1,500 minute plan with the Enterprise connection for $89.99.

http://www.t-mobile.com/business/plans/blackberry.asp

I travel mainly on major highways and large cities in the continental 48 states where TMo is at its best and am generally pleased with the reception.

I am very frustrated with the low bluetooth headset volume on my 7100t and am looking forward to trying an 8700. Just waiting for TMo to make it available, assuming I'll be able to get a lower price for the hardware if I bundle in a service commitment.
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Just waiting for TMo to make it available, assuming I'll be able to get a lower price for the hardware if I bundle in a service commitment.
In my experience with TMO they don't do a whole lot for custmer retention. They offered me ~$50 off of a BB when I asked about upgrading from the 7100, which I really didn't enjoy. I'm on the 8700c now, and while it's moderately more expensive (family plan to give me a separate phone + BB service) the service quality is much better than Tmobile, it works in my elevators, which TMO did not, and I've found the speed of delivery of email to the BB to be faster.
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how do you get unlimited text/smson the TMO BB add-on?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rollerbones
Looks like if I get the
Tmobile'sfamily plan for $59 the add on blackberry is $19 total would be $78 a month for my 2 phones.
Cingular is $59 for a family plan + $44.95 for the Unlimite blackberry witch is $103 month

Cingular is only 550 min included and tmobile is 700 min included both have free nights and weekends so it looks like tmobile is a MUCH better deal.

I am unsure if I use the wap.cingular if I get charged for it... some say now and some say yes... Is that part included with tmobile? Right now with work I have a 7100i and a 7290 T-mobile and they are both great (but connect to a BES that will not allow any IM)

Be warned. Tmo will gig you with another charge for Mobile to Mobile. I found that out the hard way. Had my service changed over from the family 3000 minute plan, to seperate 1500, which was cheaper by a noticable sum. They however neglected to tell me that I'd have to pay extra for the Mobile to Mobile feature. They were cool about it when I finally talked to a supervisor though.

As far as service, I'm satisfied. I get dropped calls sometimes, but I think that was due to the phone I had previous to my 7105t.
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Gotta look at the plan a bit more in detail... Mobile-to-mobile is a free add on for family plans. It is a purchased option for non-family plans.
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