I will try and answer your questions as well as I can.
1. A primary question for me boils down to Verizon voice vs. Cingular voice. It sounds like, Barjohn, you've seen an improvement in service with Cingular. Does that include New York? AT&T was widely known to be terrible here, and Cingular only entered recently. I assume you agree Cingular is better than T Mobile in any case.
A. I donít have direct experience in New York. However, Washington D.C., South Bend, IN, Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, Alexandria, VA and many other locations have worked well with both. Sometimes one works better than the other and sometimes it is the reverse. When it was AT&T this was not the case! My point is to try it and see. Return it if it doesnít wrok where you need it to work.
2. What software bugs/issues has Verizon not fixed with the first release of the 7250?
A. A technical person that works for one of the major PC manufacturerís CEO located in Texas found the same problems with Bluetooth and voice quality that I complained about. You can do a search on my posts and you should find it. In his private conversations with RIM they acknowledged the problems (it helps to have some clout) and indicated that they had provided VZW with the fixes but it was now out of their hands until VZW chooses to release them. I can reveal no more than that since they were private PMs.
3. What Bluetooth issues does Verizon have with the 7250? I will only buy the phone if I can get a Bluetooth headset.
A. I can no longer remember the specifics but voice quality was one of them.
4. How much better is the battery life with ht 7290 compared to the 7250?
A. I donít know since I have not tested the 7290. Generally, GSM gets better battery life than CDMA.
5. What do the following sentences mean: "...the ability to interrupt a data session with an incoming call is inherent in GPRS. On VZW the call goes to VM." Does that mean with a 7250 I can't talk on the phone and send/receive/read emails at the same time? But I can with the 7290? Or can you multitask with neither one? Confused about this. This seems like a major tradeoff of a two-in-one device.
A. On a GSM based system using GPRS, if you are in the middle of using a data service such as browsing the web or receiving email and a phone call comes in, the data session is interrupted and you can take the call. When the call is complete the data session resumes where it left off. With CDMA, no such interruption will occur and the call will go straight to voice mail. You have no option and will never no that a call was trying to come in.
6. You're definitely right, Barjohn, that Verizon is dragging its heels on EV-DO. See their non-response to my question on the subject over the weekend below. Thread goes from most recent response to my original question. I guess we'll all be in the dark for awhile. Verizon makes it sound like RIM is at fault about EV-DO.
"Thank you for contacting the Verizon Wireless website. We are happy to assist you with your Blackberry 7250 question.
There have been no announcements from RIM (Research in Motion) regarding the possible release of modem drivers for the Blackberry phones. We have no reason to believe that there will be any drivers to be made available in the near future. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Original Message Follows:
Think that will change, Jennifer? Will you support the modem in the next few weeks/months?
Thank you for contacting the Verizon Wireless website. We are happy to assist you with your Blackberry question.
Verizon Wireless does not support this device as a wireless modem to establish an internet connection on your computer. The USB modem drivers that would allow this have not been created. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Data Technical Support
Original Message Follows:
Can the Blackberry 7250 with Verizon also be used as a modem? If so, what are the speeds with EVDO and what is the coverage? Thanks."
A. Itís like I said, VZW will decide when they are good and ready. Even using my government clout I have not been able to get them to provide me with beta versions or acknowledge that a beta exists.
7. Barjohn, knowing what you know now, would you choose the new HP 6510 or the SMT 5600 smartphone over the Blackberry 7250 or 7290? Or would you wait for Verizon EV-DO for the 7250 and then decide? BTW, I didn't see the HP 6510 or SMT 5600 smartphone on the Cingular website -- what are they? Do you know about product launches that are about to happen? In fact, I didn't see any other smartphones/PDAs with a proper keyboard on the Cingular website. T Mobile does have the HP iPAQ h6315 but again it sounds like Cingular service so much better than T Mobile.
A. The SMT 5600 is available from the Cingular web site but it is cleverly hidden. Here is the link: http://www.cingular.com/midtolarge/smartphone
The HP6510 has not been released but is due for release very soon. The SMT 5600 does not have a keyboard but does support use of a Bluetooth keyboard. The 6510 does have a keyboard. It is due out this month. For more info here is the link: http://www.ipaqchoice.com/Generic3.a...qmodels_hw6500
8. Barjohn, I know you've reviewed a lot of Bluetooth headsets. It seems like your conclusion is to go with the Flamingo for someone with glasses. Is that right?
A. So far, but wait for the completion of my review due shortly.
Thanks again everyone for your insightful comments. Much appreciated. Just figuring out what to get is such a difficult process.