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Old 02-22-2005, 04:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello All -

First post here. What a cool forum and to think I have had my 7230 for over a year and just found it two weeks ago. I have been doing lots of reading, but I thought I would throw this topic open for some opinions and feedback.

So here is my challenge. Yesterday my 1 year old 7230 had the screen melt down (at least it looks that way). I went into the TMO store yesterday and of course the best they coudl offer is to sell me a new 7230 for $299 provided that I agreed to extend my plan for a year from yesterday. Since I need my 'Crackberry' more than anything I own these days - I agreed and now I am having 2nd thoughts and have 14 days to reverse my purchase. The options I see are ...

1. Spend the $299 and keep the 7230 and add the $3.99 a month insurance going forward.

2. Change to the 7100t, which gives me a better phone and is the same price. This becomes more of a consideration since in a few months my company will be cutting off my mobile phone I carry and expect me to 'expense' my cell phone. Having the 7100t would allow me to carry one phone. But I am a heavy e-mail user and I have read all the issues with the 7100t keyboard.

3. Pay $429 and get a 7290 from Cingular. This lets me get an unlocked Bluetooth phone for $129 more (the cost of a Jabbra with a dongle) and lets me not have to extend my TMO plan. Just not sure if $129 is worth Bluetooth. Also, I am not sure I can get the insurance option on the 7290.

4. Contact RIM and see what it would cost to replace the screen since I am sure it is our of Warrenty.

5. Look on eBay and get another 7230 used or try and get a 7290 that is unlocked and ready to go.

I know in the end this comes down to preference and all, but I would love to get some feedback on what you would do if you were in my shoes.

Thanks! John
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Old 02-22-2005, 05:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I have a 7230, that I got back from repair (refurb from T-Mobile) and I would be willing to sell.... Contact me via PM if you are interested....
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You should be able to find an unlocked 7290 for $300 or less.

I got mine for $270 on ebay.
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You can get replacement 7230's and 7280's for only about $100-$150 off eBay. No contract.

Or get the 7290, which has double the memory, OS 4.0 works faster on it than it does on the 7230/7280, and the screen is much better.

Please make sure units are triple-unlocked
SIM Unlocked
IMEI Unlocked
PIN Unlocked (old @blackberry.net account must be deactivated)

However, there's advantages to getting the phone from T-Mobile. The ability to replace the phone very easily (warranty) is extremely important.
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