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Old 03-08-2005, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got off the phone with a T-Mobile who recommended me to wait for the 7290 instead of purchasing the 7730. She said that the inital launch was scheduled for early this month but now things are poiting towards the end. Now my question is should I wait for the MDA IV http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000980030864/ or just purchase the 7290...
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IMO, it boils down to price and timeline.

T-Mobile US didn't carry the MDA II, MDA III or MDA Compact, so I doubt they'll carry the MDA IV, which means you'll have to pay a hefty premium to get it from another source. Also, who knows when it'll really be released?

I think T-Mobile gave you good advice regarding waiting for the 7290 -- it's faster than the 7730, had BlueTooth, and IMO, "feels better" in hand.
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I've been given a date of 9 March for the rollout of the T-Mobile 7290. Could be corporate customers first, but that's the date I was given.
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Any word on the pricing point T-mobile will use, on the web site all BB's are $299 or under for non corporate people like myself?

I hope it ius priced accordingly...
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I think it will be in the $349 - $399 range.
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Great...
Price of 7100t....$199
price of New 7290....$399
Price of going insane wishing I'd had waited a few more months...Priceless
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Apparently on its way to me! Cost: $309 through business channel.
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Yes, they are now being made available to business accounts it would seem. All of tmobile's support (including business cust. care) still lists them as "in training" and won't really support them much. We got a few at my company, I'm using one and it is working great so far.

Note the CD that ships with it ONLY has the desktop manager and no handheld update - so if you wipe your BB you cannot reload it, that is until I found this handy URL:

http://www.t-mobileapps.com/download...m?selDevice=14

It's not linked anywhere from the main tmobile site that I found, all I did was play with the URL a bit to find new devices

Interesting they have an IM app on that page you can download - I have not personally used it, since I already bought VeriChat, but I did load it for a user today and all I can say is the graphics looked nice and it looked a lot better than the t-zones AIM. It will do AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, but no MSN.
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Yes, they are now being made available to business accounts it would seem. All of tmobile's support (including business cust. care) still lists them as "in training" and won't really support them much. We got a few at my company, I'm using one and it is working great so far.

Note the CD that ships with it ONLY has the desktop manager and no handheld update - so if you wipe your BB you cannot reload it, that is until I found this handy URL:

http://www.t-mobileapps.com/download...m?selDevice=14

It's not linked anywhere from the main tmobile site that I found, all I did was play with the URL a bit to find new devices

Interesting they have an IM app on that page you can download - I have not personally used it, since I already bought VeriChat, but I did load it for a user today and all I can say is the graphics looked nice and it looked a lot better than the t-zones AIM. It will do AIM, Yahoo, ICQ, but no MSN.
I have installed that app on my 7230 and it works well.
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I have installed that app on my 7230 and it works well.
Tried the IM app, it runs fine on my 7230, graphics look awesome and it is a whole lot better than the t-zones IM, but after a while of exchanging messages, you'll get a message that the SIM card is full, eventhough I don't store my messages on my SIM card.

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I work for T-Mobile and I'm still having trouble getting the 7290 sent out to me. It definitely is "in training" status.
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Tried the IM app, it runs fine on my 7230, graphics look awesome and it is a whole lot better then the t-zones IM, but after a while of exchanging messages, you'll get a message that the SIM card is full, eventhough I don't store my messages on my SIM card.
You know what, I had the same problem. I had to reboot my BB a few times and then mssgs started showing. BTW I got charged by TMo US$.05 per IM message. B@st@rds! Well, I should've never installed the application...
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You know what, I had the same problem. I had to reboot my BB a few times and then mssgs started showing. BTW I got charged by TMo US$.05 per IM message. B@st@rds! Well, I should've never installed the application...
Yeah, it appears that every message that you send and receive are composed of txt messages which you actually get charged if you don't have any plan for it. It is really frustrating that the IM software is only made for the 7290. I hope they make it available for the 7730.
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I spoke to the TMobile blackberry rep for my employer and he told me they are available now. They are 299.99 with no rebates available
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Yea, it's been avail...I've had mine for about 3 weeks through tmo.
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Come on now...is it really available or just "Available". If you have to beg, borrow, and steal to get something how is it available. When I can go into a store and get it, then to this guy it will truely be available.
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I was wondering how everyone finds the 7100T from Venicom. Would you rather purchase the BB that way with the innumerable rules or buy it direct from T-mobile for $200.00. That is rather than free with the $100 rebate?
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Apparently on its way to me! Cost: $309 through business channel.
They've dropped - my rep got it for me for $99 and all I had to do was add the $19.95 data plan. Even got free next day shipping.
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They've dropped - my rep got it for me for $99 and all I had to do was add the $19.95 data plan. Even got free next day shipping.
You got a 7290 for $99?
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