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post #16 of 30
Dang, I was ready to talk about black current berries lol.

I have the blackberry curve 8520 for my first blackberry, and I love it. The touchpad is great. Wifi runs fast, and I have a lot of applications on it.
post #17 of 30
I too, have a "blacked out" Curve 8900. I'm running a beta version of the 5.0 OS and although a little buggy, it's great. SMS is finally threaded. Anyways, I use it as my dedicated portable audio source paired with my ADDIEM. SQ isn't the best, but it gets the job done.

For those looking to upgrade or purchase a new BB soon, I'd say hold out a little while longer as new BB models are launching in the next 3-8 weeks. You can look up the Onyx (Bold 2), Odin (Storm 2) and Gemini (another version of the Curve, already out in the US) for an insight of what's coming up.
post #18 of 30
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Originally Posted by intoflatlines View Post
Wifi on the 8900 works really well. I love the unlimited wifi (UMA) calling you can add to your plan with Tmobile. Anywhere you have wifi you can make free voice calls, even if you have zero carrier reception!

By the way, you really should get a data plan if you go with a BlackBerry. Although you're connected to wifi, many applications will not work. No email, messenger, etc.. If you're just going to use the phone to make calls then you don't need a data plan, but then why do you need a BlackBerry?
I must say, UMA is what gives this phone a huge advantage over most. Kind of a shame that it's not 3G for those times at the cottage or on the road, but EDGE isn't terrible.

No modifications to mine and not planning any-- any issues I have with my phone, I get a new 8900 or phone of equal value from work. Although for basic parts, I wouldn't mind hunting down a more solid backing as I find mine doesn't sit still too well.
post #19 of 30
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Originally Posted by intoflatlines View Post
Wifi on the 8900 works really well. I love the unlimited wifi (UMA) calling you can add to your plan with Tmobile. Anywhere you have wifi you can make free voice calls, even if you have zero carrier reception!

By the way, you really should get a data plan if you go with a BlackBerry. Although you're connected to wifi, many applications will not work. No email, messenger, etc.. If you're just going to use the phone to make calls then you don't need a data plan, but then why do you need a BlackBerry?
Wait, so I can't check my own email or use AIM or Yahoo if I don't have a data plan???
post #20 of 30
Thread Starter 
I'm sure there's a way around the BIS, but you won't get push service unless you have a data plan.
post #21 of 30
I'm not looking for any such service. I'm just looking to get into my own email, and perhaps AIM and Yahoo, even by their lite programs, and some surfing.
post #22 of 30
Thread Starter 
I understand where you're coming from, but the problem is that (I believe, anyways) RIM designed their apps to be used over cellular network as priority. I tried using my old 8820 (without the SIM card) and connect to MSN with just WiFi with no luck. It tells me that my phone has no "data service".

It's not like the iPhone where you can just leech off everything with just the WiFi.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by sknight View Post
Wait, so I can't check my own email or use AIM or Yahoo if I don't have a data plan???
You can check from your browser but I'm not sure if AIM and Yahoo will work over wifi with no BIS plan. Check out crackberry.com forums for a lot of info.
post #24 of 30
There seems to be a lot of confusion, so I read up on it and this is what I can gather:

-When one has a data plan, the applications are unlocked, and they are free to use the plan or WIFI.

-When one does not have a data plan, the apps are locked, though wifi will function, without the apps, it is unusable.

Many seem to comment that WIFI browsing works great, not realizing the question is for those without a dataplan, but they answer anyhow, saying how great wifi works on the BB, but not really stressing they have a data plan which enables the apps.

I might as well just find an older Nokia e70, which has unrestricted wifi, and is cheap on the used and NOS market. Not as hot as a BB, but smaller and works for browsing and email, which is basically the only need I have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_w38...eature=related

I could also look for an e75...still I know they aren't the same thing, but I don't particularly like restrictions. I'll look into these models more and see the catches.
post #25 of 30
Thread Starter 
Get the E71, that E70 looks silly.
post #26 of 30
I was researching and saw just that. No way I could get away with using the 70. But no flash slot for the 71???
post #27 of 30
Forget what I said. It's got max 16gb, but it's still a hot phone.
post #28 of 30
I don't have a data plan on my Pearl(not my main work phone), and I can use the browser w/ wifi, use the Gmail app, and the Yahoo app as well.

All you have to do is set it to Wifi has precedence over the Network while doing anything email/internet related.
post #29 of 30
This is getting strange. I really want the BB Bold 9000, but I'm reading it both ways and most of the people who are saying it works on WIFI do havea data plan. I'm going to look more into this whole thing and see, but it's getting confusing and the problem is that I already have a data plan, which is what I use at home because we have full wireless nationwide. I can simply take that card out and use it in a portable radio device for USB and use some adapters to convert it over.

Now that I found out about the e71, the choice is a bit tougher and their used prices here are competitive, with the edge going to the e71. And what the hell is the 2.5mm headphone jack about?
post #30 of 30

Figured I should bring back this thread rather than making a new one for the new Torch 9800. I know this just came out in the USA last week (we don't have it in Canada yet) and with my 8900 have a few more problems popping up, I'm very tempted to swap it through work.

 

From Crackberry's in depth review, it seems like a large improvement to the OS and web browser, although their tests still showed that it fell short to the iPhone 4 and Motorola EVO (or whatever it's called). 

 

Crackberry Torch 9800 Full Review

 

 

Have any Americans had a chance to pick one up and fiddle around with it? If so, how are the keyboards (digital and physical) and browser for extended use?

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