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Old 04-07-2006, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have just returned from ten days in Germany and Holland and I thought some of the visitors to this forum might want to know how the 8700c did all around.

First, I have no stake or other monetary interest in anything associated with Blackberry. I am just a businessman with a BB 8700c that I purchased about 6 weeks ago.

I have a phone plan with Cingular that I don't believe is offered any longer. 1200 "peak" minutes plus 3500 "off-peak" minutes for $99 a month. I have had this for several years. When I bought the BB 8700c, I added the unlimited data package for $64.95/month and the $5.99 international roaming package. When I am at home in the U.S., the signal for the phone, internet and email is strong (EDGE).

For the most part, the service was just about 100% GPRS while I was in both Germany and Holland. Nothing was necessary to activate the service; it "found" the various German or Dutch services (with whom I imagine Cingular partners) automatically and quickly. The signal strength was almost always good.

I made and received calls to and from the U.S. and the rest of Europe without a problem. I confess that I brought my laptop as this was the first time I was going to be away from home for this amount of time in Europe, but that turned out to be and unnecessary "belt-and-suspenders" approach. My laptop can stay home next time. The few applications that I might have needed to update a website or something else just didn't warrant lugging the thing around. I will know for next time.

Anyway, I was pleased with the service, the coverage and the overall performance. As a side remark, since I have seen the threads about cases for the 8700c, I have to say that I had purchased one over the net from a discount retailer for... (are you ready for this) $7.99 and it fit just fine, protect the screen, allowed access and even with a plastic cover on the keys allowed me to type without a problem (assuming typing with your thumbs is considered normal).

All in all, a big thumbs up for the BB 8700c in Germany and Holland. I would do it again in a second, and this time leave the laptop at home.

Parker R.
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Old 04-07-2006, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The voice plan you describe doesn't sound like a good deal at all. You can get Nation 1350 (1350 anytime minutes, unlimited n/w and mtm) for $79.95 or Nation 2000 (2000 mins) for $99.95. And these have rollover, which the old plans definitely won't have.

The 1400 minute family plan, which is the same as the ones above, is $89.95 for the first two lines -- still a better deal.
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