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Old 04-26-2005, 04:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I am considering getting a Blackberry 7100t (T-molbile).
My primary use of this is as a PDA and as a Cell phone
1. Is there a easy way to transfer addresses, phone numbers, memo and calendar from Palm OS (I have a Palm 5) to Blackberry
2. I intend to have just T-mobile Family plan. Can I access the internet in a wireless hot spot if I do not subscribe to any additional service from Blackberry (BES etc.) using the device?
3. Is it possible to send e-mail without additional subscription (I realize that I cannot have e-mails forwarded to me from my regular mail, but can I send e-mail to any address - I used to be able to do this with AT&T with just a basic plan)?
4. Does the 7100t have a scientific calcualtor?
5. Is there a way to "beam" phone numbers to another cell phone (specifically Motorola C650) - does the other have to be a bluetooth device?
6. Does 7100 have hands-free dialing (Voice activated)?

I would deeply appreciate thought/experiences on one or more of the above.

Thanks.
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Old 04-26-2005, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll take a guess, but you can also search for the answers.

1. No, not unless you have something to sync in the middle (like Outlook).
2. I don't think so.
3. I don't think so.
4. I don't think so.
5. No, bluetooth is for headset/hands free only. No OBEX.
6. I don't think so.
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1. Is there a easy way to transfer addresses, phone numbers, memo and calendar from Palm OS (I have a Palm 5) to Blackberry

It's pretty easy. You need to install the Palm Outlook conduits, that came on the Palm 5 CD. Sync the Palm to Outlook, and sync Outlook to the BlackBerry. Just expanded the previous posters note.

2. I intend to have just T-mobile Family plan. Can I access the internet in a wireless hot spot if I do not subscribe to any additional service from Blackberry (BES etc.) using the device?

The BlackBerry does not have 802.11 (WiFi) capabilities. So this is a non-started. You use the carrier's network for everything - not WiFi (there is a new WiFi only BB, the 7270, but that is not for hotspots, it is for campus/warehouse/factory situations).

3. Is it possible to send e-mail without additional subscription (I realize that I cannot have e-mails forwarded to me from my regular mail, but can I send e-mail to any address - I used to be able to do this with AT&T with just a basic plan)?

No. You must subscribe to a BlackBerry Data Plan to send e-mail.

4. Does the 7100t have a scientific calcualtor?

No. It is a fairly primitive calculator.

5. Is there a way to "beam" phone numbers to another cell phone (specifically Motorola C650) - does the other have to be a bluetooth device?

No, the BB Bluetooth is implemented only for audio/wireless headset. That's it. No beaming.

6. Does 7100 have hands-free dialing (Voice activated)?

Apparently Cingular has some sort of hands-free voice dialing feature. The 7100 does not have it built in.
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Thank you.

It appears that my purpose being a PDA + Cell phone (e-mail being secondary), I am better off with something else - the problem is in the smartphone genre, only 7100 is being offered free or at a low price at the moment. If somebody else knows of alternatives please post.

Thanks once again for the clear replies.
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If your priority is for a PDA first, and then a phone, I'd recommend going for the Palm Treo 650. The 7100t is an excellent phone, but the applications aren't anywhere near as developed as those you can get on Palm OS. The discussions on this forum tend to agree that your choice is dependent on wanting to have primarily a phone with email that is also a PDA, or a PDA that is also a phone with email. For those that are looking for a device that will allow them instant access to email and has a better than average phone, the 7100t is an excellent choice. But, if you primarily are looking for an really good PDA (calendar, contacts, other apps), and also be able to make the occassional call, the Treo 600/650 is the way to go.
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