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Old 08-26-2007, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My contract with Verizon is up in a few months and I really want to get a Blackberry. I really like the 8800 because of the GPS capabilities. I had GPS in my old car and I used it all the time. I feel that with the GPS, internet, email, and texting abilities of the 8800 I can't go wrong.

I see that T-Mobile and AT&T both sell the same phone. Which service is best for a Blackberry? Or just in general?

Also I read about all these rumors about a new BB coming out with the GPS and wifi. Is this really going to happen? A Curve with wifi and GPS would be sweet. Or an 8800 too (minus the camera).

Any info you guys have would be great. I really want a GSM phone because with the military I am overseas quite often. Plus I feel that Verizon manages to rip me off on a constant basis. I always have hidden charges and my bill is much higher than it should be every month.

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Old 08-26-2007, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends on where you are. Choose the one with the best coverage where you are. Verizon does have a CDMA/GSM world phone now, the 8830. Verizon disables the GPS in it though and AT&T is rumored to be doing the same thing but we'll have to see just what they decide to do with it. TMobile is the cheapest but has the worst coverage. However overseas AT&T and Tmo are about the same. It comes down to what works best for you.

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Old 08-27-2007, 12:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Your only choice is T-mobile if you want GPS.

AT&T will soon not allow GPS in Blackberries because of the iPhone.
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you have good coverage by Tmobile, I would say Tmobile....


Tmobile only has one BIS plan that allows you to tether. AT&T charges $60 bucks to tether your phone, and their cheapest plan is $30 bucks.
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I am very happy with my tmo 8800
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Your only choice is T-mobile if you want GPS.

AT&T will soon not allow GPS in Blackberries because of the iPhone.

So getting an 8800 with AT&T sounds like it may be a bad idea. Although I don't think anyone has any confirmation on that? I thought it was a rumor?

So it almost sounds like maybe getting the 8300 with a BT GPS might be a better idea, because AT&T can't mess with that right?

It seems like AT&T has WAY more coverage than T-Mobile, especially out west where I'm located.

T-Mobile is quite a bit cheaper, but I guess you get what you pay for?
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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no 8800 is very good, the GPS rumors are about the 8820 which will be out soon with wifi. I personally dont think the GPS will be any different than the 8800. ATT wants users to use the Telenav ($10/month) but you dont have to use it, you can use any third party GPS app and of course BBmaps. In my opinion the 8820 will be the same.
Either way you will be happy with the phone, but choose the best coverage because basically your getting the same phone either place.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have the 8830 through Sprint. It has the enabled GPS at no charge. It can be used overseas too, according to them. I do a lot of traveling myself, but since buying th 8830 I haven't went overseas with it yet. I do know when I activated it, it asked which network I wanted to use GSM or CDMA, and after talking to the Sprint rep, they said that was for if I went overseas and used it, I could swith networks.
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:13 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I think T-Mobile is better for someone traveling overseas, because they will allow you to turn the international plan on and off as often as needed. (AT&T makes you sign on for a year.)
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It depends on your location. Where I live, T Mobile and AT&T have similar coverage, the main difference being that T Mo is super cheap compared to AT&T-the plan I have is $59.99 for unlimited BB service/text msg/1000 minutes. Also, T Mo was happy to unlock my phone for me (I called one day and had the codes the next day) so I could use it in Europe. Customer service is open 24 hours, and they are really good about expediting repairs/replacements.
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Your only choice is T-mobile if you want GPS.

AT&T will soon not allow GPS in Blackberries because of the iPhone.
You have solid substantial PROOF hands on that GPS will be disabled in the new 8820 ? Or r U going on gossip, rumor control information?
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I think T-Mobile is better for someone traveling overseas, because they will allow you to turn the international plan on and off as often as needed. (AT&T makes you sign on for a year.)
This is definitly true and should play into your choice since your are frequently overseas.


Also, its just a rumor about the GPS on att 8820. And a bad one at that, just one website looking for some publicity. Dont let that affect the choice.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Sounds like T-Mobile is the way to go...are they getting the Curve over at T-Mobile? That phone with a bt gps would be perfect for my needs. Keep in mind I have a few months until my plan with Verizon is up, so I can wait.
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T-Mobile will carry the 8320 version of the Curve, with WiFi and UMA (integrated seamless roaming from the GSM/GPRS WAN to WiFi-based LAN connectivity to the phone network). Expected date (from the rumor mill) is 9/24 -- and as you noted, you'll be able to use a BT GPS puck with this as well.
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Awesome, thanks for the info! Any idea on pricing with a new contract? I think I read 299 somewhere?
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