I’m not sure if this is the correct place to post, so no harm meant if not.
I am a Sprint (CDMA) user looking to purchase a BB 7250 or 7130e as a non-business user. This is what I learned today after visiting 2 Sprint stores and speaking with 3 Sprint reps over the phone (one of which was a BB tech specialist):
1) When I attempted to purchase a 7130e via a Sprint store I was told that I need to add the BB data plan and EVDO plan to be able to purchase a BB.
2) After speaking with the BB tech specialist I was informed that should I attempt to purchase a BB used and activate it without subscribing to a BB data plan I would be in breach of contract.
3) The other 2 Sprint reps, though very nice, had no idea what they were talking about. In-fact, when discussing “push” e-mail with one of the reps, he kindly informed me that Sprint did not push e-mail, but rather it came through a computer. Huh.
I currently am a Treo 650 user for the last year and a half. Great device in concept, just has not functioned adequately enough (with countless hours spent on forums,etc.) for my needs. I’d have to equate the Treo as the Communist Manifesto of phones, great on paper, lousy in practice.
Anyway, my primary need is reliable phone and e-mail. My company supports BB and Treos. I believe for the BB they use BES (?), and for Treos they use Verizon’s Wireless Sync software (whether you are a Verizon subscriber or not). Push e-mail is a must, as I am expected to reply to certain e-mails within in 30 minutes and my work finds me out of the office most of the time and want the “real-time” of push.
Sorry for the long-windedness, but any thoughts on whether I can purchase a BB “used” via ebay or some such way and activate the phone under my current Sprint Vision plan? I have the $100 2000 minute plan with unlimited Vision and 2 lines of service. Do I really need to subscribe to Sprint’s BB data plan. I have heard of people who have not and are using their BB just fine with their company’s server.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!