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Old 10-13-2005, 06:47 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I would be extremely surprised if they did not raise the price - for web browsing - when EVDO is released. If they did not, then people could ditch their EVDO PC Cards and just use their BlackBerrys as their PC Modems, resulting in reduced revenue. And there is no chance Verizon will do that.
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Old 10-13-2005, 07:55 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Unless they do one of their patented "well, if you try to tether on your current plan, it will work, but if we happen to audit your account and see that you were tethering without the $59.99/month tethering plan, we'll back-charge you" moves.
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Old 10-16-2005, 12:41 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Hmmm. Not so kick ass. EVDO on 7250....good...paying more...bad. Surely they would not increase the BB plan just because it has EVDO. Only benefit would be tether and browsing, but I normally have a Wifi connection and would not need the tethering option.

They will offer a different price plan for tethering. They are hoping to release the software upgrade by the end of this month. Currently the price plan for EVDO data on my Samsung SCH-i730 ($49.95) which is about $10 cheaper then an aircard. Which used to be $30 cheaper then an aircard before the price reduction. I got same rates from an aircard and the i730 so I expect it should be the same with 7250. The 7130 is hoped to be released by the end of Novemeber and it will release with EVDO. It is slightly larger then my 7100t and a little heavier making if feel more solid and less toy like. I did not check to see if what was running the 4.1 OS though. Since getting the i730 I have not been as interested in the Blackberry side of things. I hope to have a user release (last stage of beta testing) of the 7130 soon and if I do I will give more details. This information was gleaned during a meeting with a Manager of Data/PDA group large accounts division from Verizon. Also the reason for the delay on the 7250 software release was because of RIM (at leat in their words) and the stringent testing that Verizon does ith their devices (Think 4 software releases of the 7100t [TMO] versus 1 on the 7250 [Verizon])
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Old 10-16-2005, 06:50 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Thanks for the info on the 7130. Sure hope is has OS 4.1 w/Bluetooth syncing.
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Thanks again for sharing the information. Larger....how much bigger compared to the 7100t? Wider/longer?
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Old 10-16-2005, 10:23 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Thanks again for sharing the information. Larger....how much bigger compared to the 7100t? Wider/longer?
Just a couple mm thicker and wider. The biggest difference is in the weight kind of a kin to the 7250 versus a 7230. It just feels more solid.
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Old 10-17-2005, 09:21 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Does the $49.95 mentioned as the price for using the EV-DO BBerry as a tethered device include the current features the data plan offers? (i.e. would that charge replace the $45 unlimited data plan charge or is it $45 + $49.95 for both features?)

If the $49.95 covers both EV-DO & data for the 7250 then I just found a solution for internet in my apartment, otherwise Time Warner Cable here I come...
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Old 10-17-2005, 07:19 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Be sure to read the Terms of Service that Verizon is pitching with their EV-DO service. Time Warner might not be so bad... ;)
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I would agree with those words whole heartedly, Verizon will surely find a way to increase their revenue not decrease it. Why do you think there is no EV-DO USB adapter to be found? Because you could then plug that into a desktop machine as well as your laptop and then you might cancel your Verizon DSL. I am sure they will not have benevolence in their hearts when figuring out the pricing for tethering. One other caveat, and I DO have a Verizon EV-Do account, make sure that you review the contract the rep cobbles together. None of the sales reps seem to understand Blackberries and it is a real mess to untangle when they input everything into the computer. I have already had one instance of this and it was a monumental headache to correct.
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Old 10-18-2005, 06:55 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Currently the $49.95 plan is unlimited data only and then you add the voice package. There are evdo routers available that work with the aircards and usb devices by kyocera. I am not sure what you can tether to the usb port but it is out their for someone to try. Also using ICS on XP I connected my i730 and shared it out using the wifi in ad hoc mode so you could do that too.
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I spoke with our corporate Verizon rep today, he stated that the EVDO will be rolled out shortly, and that there will be no adjustment of pricing or increases.
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Massimo: Not to threadjack, but did your rep give any indication when Verizon intends to roll out the 7130?
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I only asked about 7250 as that what he and i both have. so no idea about 7130. sorry.
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7130e is in testing and is expected to be released mid-November. It too will have EVDO
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do you have a price idea for the 7130e ?
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I spoke with our corporate Verizon rep today, he stated that the EVDO will be rolled out shortly, and that there will be no adjustment of pricing or increases.
Wonder if the "no price increase" includes using it as a modem?
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I highly doubt if VZW will incorporate EVDO teathering in its unlimited data plan. Maybe they will provide a reduced broadband plan ($39.95 ??) along with the unlimited data plan. We should know something soon as they are looking to release the EVDO upgrade on the 7250 and the 7130e in mid-November. I would also guess the price for the 7130e will be $299.99 w/2-yr contract.
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the 7130e will feature OS 4.1, btw.
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Old 10-21-2005, 06:34 AM   #59 (permalink)
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the 7130e will feature OS 4.1, btw.
Yep, that's what I hear as well.
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I dont see what's so great about the 7130e... the only reason why i appreciate my blackberry so much is because of the fact that i dont need predictive text to type out my e-mails. I didnt really like the idea of... two letters being shared on each key... heck, i didnt like it when phones shared three to four letters on each key... i feel that its almost like they've gone backwards. The design is great... but why not keep the 'single letter per key' form factor? Just like the samsung i730 or the Palm Treo 700w?

I love the blackberry 7250 and would only push it aside... for another BLACKBERRY device that has the same type of qwerty keyboard... but with more features... of course.

I hope that RIM doesnt chose to get rid of this feature of the original blackberries.

Hm... as i've heard however, RIM is passing the OS over to palm... resulting in palm... probably keeping the treo 600-650-700w keyboard. Meh... not as great as the 72xx keyboard... but i'll live.

http://www.ubergizmo.com/15/archives...n_evdo_bl.html

Ha... just realized that they got this info from us over here at BBForums

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