here are my .02 cents on the T-Mobile 7290 i just purchased :
ok , so i originally bought a BB 8700c and after 4 months was completely disappointed with Cingular . i loved the 8700c but i needed better customer service and billing support . so i unlocked my 8700c and switched from Cingular to T-mobile and in switching was able to get a new BB 7290 from T-Mobile . what an excellent BB this is : the 7290 ! while i loved the new features of the 8700c i have to admit that the 7290 is great ! i really loved the wide spaced keyboard ( fat fingers ) , great screen viewability in direct sunlight , and although people said its a slower BB i cannot disagree more ! yes i can use the 8700c with T-Mobile and i still find myself grabbing the new 7290 with its very nice and neat blue t-mo housing almost every morning and i use the hell out of it ! i text , i email , and yes i even surf the web with GPRS speeds and i really didn't notice THAT much of a difference in speed between GPRS and EDGE although it is a little slower . anyway , to end this post i can clearly say that in my opinion the BB 7290 is just as great and useful today as an 8700 just packaged a little differently . hooray for blackberry !
p.s. t-mobile has been great with everything .... i got a free car charger , leather case , express 2-day shipping , and 200 extra min just for signing up all for free neatly shipped to my door in 1 business day !!! amazing T-Mobile .