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Old 07-06-2007, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to graudate this august and would like to buy myself a blackberry. Is there any plan (familiy) or model you recommend? The functionality I am interested in is SMS, IM and emails.

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Old 07-06-2007, 04:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All current BlackBerries does these functions, and do them well. You may want to start looking at the different form factors to see which one you like best. For example, do you want a device with a full QWERTY keyboard? Or would you like a smaller device (like the Pearl) with the SureType keypad? Do you want a camera on it?

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All current BlackBerries does these functions, and do them well. You may want to start looking at the different form factors to see which one you like best. For example, do you want a device with a full QWERTY keyboard? Or would you like a smaller device (like the Pearl) with the SureType keypad? Do you want a camera on it?
I think I would like to have full QWERTY keyboard. Camera? I really don't care about it.
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Old 07-06-2007, 04:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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neoworld, the general advice you are going to get from most is to look first at the carrier that offers the best coverage in the areas where you live and work. From there you will most likely be comparing the models offered by that carrier and picking from a business phone form factor versus the PDA form factor. As far as the subtle differences like keyboard, battery life, etc., there's a good discussion addressing that on another thread that is active right now and no need to repeat. As far as plans, you've probably figured out you will have some sort of voice plan with a blackberry data plan add on. If you have a choice of carriers, I think you'll be paying close attention to the data cost. I'll let others address plans and costs.

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neoworld, the general advice you are going to get from most is to look first at the carrier that offers the best coverage in the areas where you live and work. From there you will most likely be comparing the models offered by that carrier and picking from a business phone form factor versus the PDA form factor. As far as the subtle differences like keyboard, battery life, etc., there's a good discussion addressing that on another thread that is active right now and no need to repeat. As far as plans, you've probably figured out you will have some sort of voice plan with a blackberry data plan add on. If you have a choice of carriers, I think you'll be paying close attention to the data cost. I'll let others address plans and costs.

By the way, welcome to the group!
Thanks. I will relocate to Santa Clara, CA. What I really care is about the roaming fee if I am travelling. I was told that there is no roaming fee from AT&T, right?

Also, I really want to have a unlimited data plan.

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welcome!

all bberrys do these things well, so my suggestion is to get whatever network most of your friends/family are on.

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Welcome to the forums.

I'd check out the coverage maps on each of the carrier sites. They all have unlimited data plans, although some aren't truly unlimted (I think Verizon caps at 3G/mo, not sure about AT&T).

I believe T-Mobile has the cheapest Blackberry data plans, so that may also be a consideration if you're about to graduate.
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm a little late to the game today. You've gotten some good advice from everyone. I agree with the above posters. Choose a carrier first, based on coverage. Then choose the BB that fits your needs from their lineup of devices. If none suit your fancy then take the next best provider. However, don't sacrifice coverage for a device. You won't be happy in the end.

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