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Old 11-02-2006, 02:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, I've come to these forums in search of advice..
(I'm sorry if this is a really common request)
I don't own a Blackberry yet because I'm not sure which model is right for me.
I am mostly interested in using it as a mobile phone and personal organiser system - email and internet access are not priorities for me. I'm a college student so it's not a business tool either.
I spoke to a sales assistant the other day who informed me the Blackberry is primarily a device used for email, and suggested I look for something else. I'm in love with the idea of it though, so I was hoping someone here could give me some advice?
Everything is greatly appreciated,
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I am sure other people going to tell you this so I will be the first to say it. Check out the 8700 and 8100 from T-mobile. Since 8100 is fairly new, it's only available from T-mobile. It will be availabe to Cingular soon.

I did a comparison chart for Sidekick 3 and Blackberry 8100 so it will give you an idea what the 8100 does. If you don't need the media features and the optional GPS than I will go for the 8700.

http://www.geocities.com/sk3vsbb8100/
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Thankyou for that. I should add that I'm in Australia so I'm not sure if this Cingular and T-Mobile business is relavent to me.. I am looking to buy off e-bay.
I was hoping I could simply insert my current Optus sim-card (a pre-paid type of thing), is anyone aware if this would be a problem?
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The Pearl sounds like a good choice for you. Rumors say it will be available in your part of the world by Christmas.

http://www.blackberryforums.com.au/f...rry-pearl.html

Of course, you could always find a Pearl on eBay and either buy it unlocked, or get it unlocked after you get it. As far as the pre-paid SIM, since you stated you weren't planning on using data services, I doubt it will be a problem, but I can't say for sure since I'm not familiar with your carrier.
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Thankyou again =)
A couple more questions (kind of girly ones, sorry!)

-With Nokia phones (for example) you can change the background/wallpaper to pictures you have taken with the phone and ones that you have stored on there.. Is this possible with either the 8100 or 8700? (8700 - transfer your own pictures from your computer to the BB)

-I've heard from others that with the mobile phone function, when someone calls you the display doesn't alert you with "Joe calling" for example... Is this true?

-And (this is probably the stupidest sounding of all) but all the pictures I've seen show the phone displaying the 'menu' or all the icons on the screen. Does it always look like this, or does that hide away as with other phones and only appear when selected?

Thanks for persisting with me and my probably ridiculous questions, I just want to make entirely sure that I know what I'm purchasing.
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Thankyou again =)
A couple more questions (kind of girly ones, sorry!)

-With Nokia phones (for example) you can change the background/wallpaper to pictures you have taken with the phone and ones that you have stored on there.. Is this possible with either the 8100 or 8700? (8700 - transfer your own pictures from your computer to the BB) Yes. Either use pictures you have taken with the 8100, or you can email yourself pictures. Only the 8100 with Desktop Manager 4.2 will allow you to transfer from the computer to the BB.

-I've heard from others that with the mobile phone function, when someone calls you the display doesn't alert you with "Joe calling" for example... Is this true? Not necessarily.. if you have Joe in your address book, the caller ID should display the name as well as the number.

-And (this is probably the stupidest sounding of all) but all the pictures I've seen show the phone displaying the 'menu' or all the icons on the screen. Does it always look like this, or does that hide away as with other phones and only appear when selected? There are several different themes that will change how the screen will look. You'll just have to play with each theme to find one you like.

Thanks for persisting with me and my probably ridiculous questions, I just want to make entirely sure that I know what I'm purchasing.
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