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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.