06-07-2006, 01:05 AM
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First thing is which company has the best coverage in your area? This is the determining factor.
Then you can pick which plan you can afford. You MUST have a Data Plan to use your BlackBerry to send and receive email, IM's and PIN messages. Compare prices on limited and unlimited data packages. I saw somewhere else that some companies limit the amount of data you can use per month without an unlimited package.
If you want a BB you can tether to a notebook, or use as a modem while travelling (tethering is possible with a Windows-based PC, not a Mac), you should go for something like Sprint's EV-D0 or Verizon's Broadband Access network service.
However, if you want to synch with a Mac, you can use Pocket Mac. It has some ups and downs, as you will find out on the forum if you have a Mac, but I've also seen that it works.
The 7100 series BlackBerry devices are pretty cool devices. It's the only series I've ever used after changing from the 7730's I had. I couldn't stand the full keyboard, lack of backlighting and customization at the time. I was a happy camper when I got my first 7100t. 3 BB's later, I'm on my 7105t and am as happy as I was with the first 7100t. I love being able to change themes (these are available on the 72xx, 75xx, and 8700 series devices also), have more applications than before, use SureType (almost like T9 on a regular cell phone but it is more like word prediction. It learns your typing patterns, words and phrases as you type).
I personally love the smaller size of the 7100 series as they allow me to multitask and I can find interesting places to put a phone when out (I don't have much of a lap or a use for a belt clip).
It's really your preference as to whether you want the full keyboard or the smaller 7100 series BlackBerry but choose whatever fits your needs. Just be sure to get the Equipment Protection and cover the cost of a replacement device should something ever happen to it. And activate it within the first 14 days after you receive the device.
Welcome to BlackBerry World and let us know what you pick. Good luck and prepare to become addicted.
Last edited by EricaJ1074 : 06-07-2006 at 01:10 AM.