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Old 07-27-2006, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys, I could use some help.
I have been using a T3 palm using a motorola BT phone as the modem so that I can get my emails using versamail, and built-in web browser in the t3 for surfing, etc. on Cingular GPRS. I sync with outlook 2003 on my desktop with heavy use.
I am thinking of getting upgrading to the 7130c all-in one PDA device and trashing my T3 and Motorola (they are over 2 years old now).
I own my own company (small business) and do not use or have a need for an exhange service at this time.
Does anyone have experience with the 7130C on cingular network and sync with Outlook 2003 on your desktop, such as contacts, schedules, tasks, etc?
I tried both the Cingular 8125 and Treo650, and they both are not what I am looking for and I was not happy with their features/functions. Too much brain damage to use and the Treo, my goodness, I'm not sure why anyone would own one of those devices. It was a nightmare trying to use it without any sounds coming from the device when dialing. I found myself always looking down to see if the touchscreen accepting the numbers I was dialing....dangerous if you are dialing and driving.
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Old 07-27-2006, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the 7130c (Cingular) and sync to Outlook via desktop and have not had any probs. I sync calendar, todo, notes, task,etc and it has worked as advertised.
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I'm using it exactly as you describe, and am very happy. The phone works so well that i often forgo the bluetooth headset. Also, the upgrade to edge for web surfing is nice.

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I'm using it exactly as you describe, and am very happy. The phone works so well that i often forgo the bluetooth headset. Also, the upgrade to edge for web surfing is nice.

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I have the 7130c (Cingular) and sync to Outlook via desktop and have not had any probs. I sync calendar, todo, notes, task,etc and it has worked as advertised.
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Wirelessly posted (Cingular 7130c: BlackBerry7130/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

I love the 7130c. Also use as you describe. Works very well, and it pretty simple to use.
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Old 07-28-2006, 10:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My voice quality on my 7130c is the best of any cell phone I have ever had and several times better than my Palm 650.
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Quality of voice is excellent on the 7130c, it shouldn't even be compared to the treo 650, which required a 3rd party app to have half was decent sound quality. lol.
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Thanks everyone for your input on the 7130c. Anyone use their 7130c with their laptop via tethered modem option?
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I do not feel the voice quality is as good as my 8700. The 8700 appears to be more clear and louder. And I have the default volume set to 100% on the 7130.
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I cant believe I lived this long without my crackberry... this is absolutely amazing and the RF on this phone along with voice quality... AND all the features...

absolutely amazing..
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I cant believe I lived this long without my crackberry... this is absolutely amazing and the RF on this phone along with voice quality... AND all the features...

absolutely amazing..
I have had the 7130c now for two days and it is the best mobile voice device I have ever used. I travel for work and am either in my car or on an airplane. Eveything is really easy and simple to use with the scroller "push to launch" feature. EDGE is really nice and fast too on cingular network.
Appreciate all the input. I think cingular was a bit testy with me because I started my upgrade with a Razor (worthless), then and 8125 (difficult to navigate while driving), then a Treo 650 (nothing but problems), then an LG CU500 (did not work as a modem with Palm bluetooth PDA using Cingular data-connect plan). Finally my first blackberry, 7130c...and there is no turning back!
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I do not feel the voice quality is as good as my 8700. The 8700 appears to be more clear and louder. And I have the default volume set to 100% on the 7130.
Brad, tks for the input. Cingular was out of the 8700 so I opted for the 7130. So far the 7130 volume is working but I have yet to use it in a very noisy environment.
PS. this is off the subject but I must say your family is beautiful and I like your blog space with typePad..pretty cool! I got three little ones, actually now 9 (Adam), 11 (Brenna), 13 (Marin) not so little anymore! Looking at the photos of yours reminds me how fast time goes by! Seems like it was just yesterday they were barely starting grade school! Kids are amazing and really funny! Can't imagine life without them and our beautiful wives who carried them for their first 9 months...we are truly blessed!
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I just got the 7130c... and still have the 7100t from t-mobile. I thought I would try to compare the voice quality between the two BBs/carriers. Now, I realize that the quality may have more to do with the carriers (t-mo vs. Cingular) than the phones themselves, but I thought I'd give it a shot. In almost every case, the voice quality on the 7100t was better, not by a whole lot, but it was nevertheless better. The voice quality on the 7130c seemed slightly muffled. At the same time, the 7130c consistently had better reception so I did not have as many dropped calls with Cingular as I have had with t-mo. I like the 7130c and the fact that I get reception in more places, but I am concerned about the quality of the voice. I don't know if this has anything to do with the BBs themselves, or the carriers and was wondering if anybody else has had a similar experience or can shed some insight into this. Thanks!
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Great phone. With a hosted BES (do a search) you'll get wireless sync to Outlook/Entourage. The RF is way better than the 7100g I had before. If you look on this board, you'll notice that the 7130c generates far fewer complaints than either the 8700 or the 7100.

I waited for a couple weeks after it was released to get mine, just to see what the brave early adopters found wrong. They found just about nothing.

I can keep this thing until RIM releases a 71xx with worldwide 3G.
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Steve,
Thank you for the kind words. You are right we are very lucky and I too cannot believe how quickly time passes. Best of luck to you.

By no means did I mean to down the 7130, in fact, I still choose to use it over my 8700 due to the smaller size. Occasionally I dislike the Suretype. But overall a good device. Much better than the first generation 7100.

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Brad, tks for the input. Cingular was out of the 8700 so I opted for the 7130. So far the 7130 volume is working but I have yet to use it in a very noisy environment.
PS. this is off the subject but I must say your family is beautiful and I like your blog space with typePad..pretty cool! I got three little ones, actually now 9 (Adam), 11 (Brenna), 13 (Marin) not so little anymore! Looking at the photos of yours reminds me how fast time goes by! Seems like it was just yesterday they were barely starting grade school! Kids are amazing and really funny! Can't imagine life without them and our beautiful wives who carried them for their first 9 months...we are truly blessed!
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I waited for a couple weeks after it was released to get mine, just to see what the brave early adopters found wrong. They found just about nothing.
THat may only be because they're a lot newer. People havn't had time to complain, however I dont have any complaints at all. A very solid device.
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Great phone. With a hosted BES (do a search) you'll get wireless sync to Outlook/Entourage. The RF is way better than the 7100g I had before. If you look on this board, you'll notice that the 7130c generates far fewer complaints than either the 8700 or the 7100.

I waited for a couple weeks after it was released to get mine, just to see what the brave early adopters found wrong. They found just about nothing.

I can keep this thing until RIM releases a 71xx with worldwide 3G.
Thanks. Maybe it is simply the Cingular coverage vs. the t-mo coverage then. I agree with the complaints regarding the 7100g vs. 7130c. The 7100g seems to crash a lot more than the 7130c and has had more issues during the short period that I have had both.
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THat may only be because they're a lot newer. People havn't had time to complain, however I dont have any complaints at all. A very solid device.
Very possible, but the complaints about the 8700 (dust) showed up pretty quickly. It's been a while now, and I still see very few, if any, complaints about the 7130c.
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There were some complaints about application installation issues. Seems that the 7130c does not want to function properly when some applications are loaded, causing several reinstallations. However, it has been some time since I have seen those issues and they were isolated so maybe it was an error on small proportions.

Overall, I was a little dissapointed. With Cingular updating so many of their towers to HSPDA/UMTS, I would have figured that a UMTS capable 7130 would have been the next release, not an EDGE 7130.


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