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1. RIM BlackBerry 7230 Phone (T-Mobile)
by VoiceStream
list price: $349.99
our price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009YAJ0
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: VoiceStream
Sales Rank: 100
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now Blackberry users can wirelessly read email, make phone calls, book meetings, and more--in color. In addition to being the first color BlackBerry, the 7230 is also the first with support for gaming, and it's one of the first with tri-band GSM-- a real must for world travelers. This integrated phone, email client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer and web browser is the ultimate weapon for mobile professionals.

Design

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The 7230 follows the standard BlackBerry form factor-- a large 240 x 160 color screen placed above a QWERTY thumbpad. The screen offers plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, which makes it easy to navigate the phone's functions. A jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset. A removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the unit, and there is a USB port for data connectivity.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 7230. A vibrating alert and speed dial capability are present, as is a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 16 MB of internal memory.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The 7230 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With T-Mobile's BlackBerry Internet Service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from personal and corporate accounts. With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 7230. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts using BlackBerry Desktop software and the device's USB data port.

Use the 7230's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Wireless text messaging is also supported by the 7230.

The 7230 ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter, and a to-do list. The unit's software is based on the Java platform, meaning Java-compatible games and applications can be added to the device.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 7230 weighs 4.9 ounces and measures 4.4 x 2.9 x 0.94 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 240 hours digital standby time. It runs on the 900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry 7230 handset, travel charger, USB cable, battery, holster, hands-free headset, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • Full-color screen with easy-to-use icons
  • International GSM service compatibility (tri-band: 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Organizer with PC synchronization
  • Attachment viewing for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and Adobe PDF
  • Supports Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino

Reviews (34)

1-0 out of 5 stars stay away from t-mobile
You better check the service everywhere you plan to use it in the period of time when you can return/cancel your plan. Because they DO NOT have coverage everywhere that they claim to.

I've been on the phone with them for hours, explaining that it does not work. THEY DON'T CARE...Stay away from these scammers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not get this if your email account is MSN or hotmail
I have an MSN email account and neither Blackberry, T-Mobile nor MSN - not on the phone or online - could figure out how to forward my email to the blackberry.It turns out that "full email integration" with MSN isn't possible which means you won't get fully synced email.I spent 1.5 days - 36 hours trying to make it work. I wasn't going to eat until I got it working.I've ended my fast and returned the 7230 to Amazon.I thought I'd try the Sprint model 7750 since I already have a cell account with them and it is advertised to work with MSN - but the Sprint customer service person confided that it would require an additional purchase of $400 software to make it compatible with MSN - making it a $900 blackberry. She said "they (Sprint) don't tell you that". If you get the T-mobile 7230, make sure you have the battery in on the first step, so that your desktop detects the hardware.If you attempt insert the SIM card under the battery into the SIM "bed", make sure you realize the bed flips up like a murphy bed and the sim card slides into the slot then locks down.The directions are very unclear and the photos are too small to see.A piece chipped off from inside from my attempts to put in the SIM card (my SIM bed was stuck - in fact, I didn't realize from the photos it was supposed to flip up).I now cry at the mention of "T-mobile".It got so bad that they credited me $80 or so, equivalent to one month of the service I signed up for.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great hardware...Be wary of T-Mobile
Simply put, this hardware device is amazing...Easy to use and intuitive.

That said T-Mobile is really annoying.I signed-up for the 29.99 plan with Enterprise Server Access, which worked for 2 months before I was informed by T-Mobile that I would need to switch to a $39.99 plan to maintain Enterprise Server Access.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think about it no more
Make no mistake, this is the best portable e-mail device you will ever find. T-mobile is absolutely great. I have ahd several PDAS and phones but this is by far the best. If you want immediate access to e-mails without any extra work or hassle this has to be your choice.
Easy to use as it is absolutely intuitive.

3-0 out of 5 stars Blackberry 7230 purchase was a two year commitment mistake
The Blackberry 7230 seems like a great idea.You have a keyboard, color monitor, e-mail, phone, and a pretty good battery life.Now that I've provided the nice sales features, let me jump to reality.The Blackberry is too wide to hold when phoning or receiving calls.It will slip out of your hand and there's no safety strap.They did provide a nice click on holder but it would not allow the phone to be on standby because it was tight and pressed against the keys that control that function.Oh yes, you have to shift for higher case and also for numbers.I found the blackberry 7230 to be difficult to use as a phone or even a PDA.It is not made for average human hands or fingers.I won't even get into the way you have to hang up a phonecall and the options/menus.It only gets a 3 from me because it looks solid and the battery life is quite long.The color fades dramatically in low light situations.I would much rather have the newer, thinner, Blackberry. ... Read more


2. RIM BlackBerry 7100g Phone (Cingular)
by Research In Motion
list price: $399.99
our price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000816Z50
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
Sales Rank: 122
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The BlackBerry 7100g is the first of its kind-- a fully-featured mobile phone that delivers the power of BlackBerry e-mail. This is one sweet little phone, loaded with all of the cool features you want, like integrated Bluetooth connectivity, speakerphone, and downloadable ringtones. Plus, surf the Web the way it was meant to be surfed with an ultra-large, high-resolution color screen.

Design

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Design-wise, the 7100g is a departure from the form factor of previous BlackBerry models. This BlackBerry is far more phone-like, and RIM's engineers have managed to fit a QWERTY keyboard onto the handset's slim frame. Each button on the keypad shares two letters and the unit automatically determines which letter is the intended one based on what it predicts you are trying to spell. This unique predictive text technology, known as SureType, enables the 7100g's diminutive size. SureType also learns the words you use most often, further enhancing your typing speed.

The 7100g sports a large 240 x 260 screen with 65,000 colors-- plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The venerable BlackBerry jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. A speakerphone is housed in the top portion of the rear of the handset, just above the removable battery door. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset.

Calling Features
All the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 7100g. As mentioned, the unit's speakerphone makes it easy to use the device handsfree, or if you prefer, use a wireless headset via the 7100g's built-in Bluetooth capability. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 32 MB of internal memory, are also included. Any of the phone's 32 included polyphonic ringtones can be used to create caller-specific ringers so you can know who's calling without having to look at the handset. More ringtones are available from Cingular's MEdia mobile web service.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
While the 7100g is a different kind of BlackBerry, it's still delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With Cingular's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from up to 10 email accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. Instead, BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 7100g. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop software.

Use the 7100g's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Instant messaging and wireless messaging are also built into the 7100g. The unit supports AOL, Yahoo and ICQ instant messaging, as well as SMS text messaging. MMS messages can be received and forwarded.

The 7100g ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter and a to-do list. The unit supports Java application and game downloads (available via the t-zones service). One game, BrickBreaker, is included.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 7100g weighs 4.30 ounces and measures 4.70 x 2.30 x 0.8 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 8 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry 7100g handset, international travel charger, USB cable, battery, holster, hands-free headset, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • Large, high-resolution portrait LCD color screen (240 x 260 pixels)
  • Supports Internet e-mail (POP3/IMAP4) with BlackBerry Web client, plus legendary BlackBerry mail system
  • SureType QWERTY keyboard and built-in speakerphone
  • Bluetooth capable; also includes BlackBerry handheld software
  • Quad-band world phone operates on 850/1900 and 900/1800 MHz GSM/GPRS networks

Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Fuctional Business Phone
If your looking for a slick thin phone that has 100 options and gadgets and advertises with the chic crowd...you know someone wearing sunglasses advertising it, then this phone is not for you. If your like me and and you spend 50 hours a week at work a lot of it traveling and you need the basics done well then this is the phone. No it doesn't have a camera and no it doesn't play music. It does do a really good job of "pushing' ur emails to you, sync's well with your PIM, the phone is definitly the loudest(one of my pet peeves with my other phones was that even all the way up I could barely hear)phone in the earpiece. I 've gotte great reception, the screen is just the right size.I think the browser works well.I've not yet had a probelm with battery life. If I had to describe the phone its a work horse for business. The 3rd party software is limited but the only thing I use is a E wallet. I recommend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great (Addictive) for E-Mail, Loust Phone
RIM Blackberry has still not quite figured out how to make a cell phone.Don't get me wrong...

The e-mail functionality is incredible.However, the phone quality is poor -- bad reception, dropped calls and weak design.

It is so bad, that I do not think you can use the 7100 as a primary phone in the U.S.

I am keeping it for data, but without the monthly voice plan.I am ordering another phone for voice.

Would that it were were not necessary to do so...

1-0 out of 5 stars No stars for customer service and returns
Word to the wise! Don't make a miskate because the return policy between Cingular Wireless and Amazon.com is awful. I have been trying to resolve a return for weeks. In the interim, I received a bill ($149.00) from Cingular Wireless for a service I never used on a phone I don't have and never used.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's so convenient!
I love having the ability to get all my email forwarded to the blackberry, it's so convenient. And the improved typing system on the 7100 makes it extrememly easy to reply to them all in a snap.The large color screen is definitely a big improvement over regular phones.The 7100 offers not only email capability, but also a large Address Book, Task pad, Memo Pad, Picture storage (which you can download from your emails), numberous built in ring tones, SMS (aka text messaging), an easy to use internet browser, games and so much more.I love my 7100 and would recommend it highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent upgrade over earlier Blackberry models
This review is for existing Blackberry users contemplating an upgrade, especially business users who need to use RIM devices to comply with corporate security and other standards.

BACKGROUND: I am a confirmed "crackberry" addict. This is my fifth Blackberry: I was an early user of the 850 pager, the 857 larger screen, the 5810 (which I managed to crush), and the 6820 "blueberry", which died two weeks ago after 16+ months of hard use. I run a company that keeps about 35 BB devices running; mine is the fourth that we have deployed in the 7100 series. Some are model C(Cingular) and some T (Deutche Telecom). The other folks all love theirs. Mine is a T, but the comments apply to both.

SUMMARY: the 7100 is a big improvement and if you can stand a poor screen while outdoors, you will likely take to it after a few days of getting used to SureType.

IMPROVEMENTS over the 6820 blueberry.

-- Support for opening email attachments. Very helpful.

-- A much improved phone. Quad band for overseas. Bluetooth and autodialing for the car. A speakerphone for when you are on hold or need to add a colleague to a call. A bar not a brick form factor -- not nearly as lame to hold to your face.

-- A faster, better browser. More Java compliant, so you get further into more sites. Allows you to save photos. Seems to use cookies and cache better.

-- Faster memory and twice as much of it. 32MB of RAM and 4 of SRAM -- a lot more than my first desktop had.

-- SureType. I have been known to type short chapters on a Blackberry and some of our folks have literally injured their thumbs by typing too much - so I was very nervous about losing the QWERTY keyboard. But SureType works - just start typing and it figures most of it out. I am not yet quite as fast as I was on the old keyboard - but I am probably 80% as fast (and hey -- I should type shorter notes anyway).

-- A couple of nice touches: a photo album. (I carry pictures of my wife and kids around - I like it) and polyphonic ring tones. Some of these are obviously lame, but a bit of variety is nice. Brickbat is improved.

-- They stuck the entire help manual in the device. You won't need it often, but you will learn little tricks by referring to it occasionally.

SAME as ever: the software, the applications, the integration with Exchange, the security, the system software, the battery life are all still excellent. Support is still mediocre to nonexistent, but you don't need much.

PROBLEMS vs the 6820:

-- The screen is great indoors, but just dies in the sun - even if you turn the brightness up. I usually just seek out a bit of shade. In a side by side comparison with the 6820, it is clear that RIM made some tradeoffs on the screen that make it less usable outside. Autodialing makes this less of an issue in the car than it would be otherwise (and come to think of it, this limitation actually prevents bozos from doing email while driving. If you are one of these folks, get a 6820 and double up on your life insurance).

-- The keyboard is a tradeoff, but I think a small compromise in the end. It does take some practice to get used to, which has not been true of previous BB upgrades.

-- For some reason the thumbwheel seems less precise and my Brickbat scores would suggest that it is stickier. Many report that this gets better with 2-3 weeks use, but I'm not sure.

CONCLUSION: the 7100 series is a very impressive upgrade. Not perfect, but very good. If you don't need, don't want, or can't have a Treo, this is a fine choice. ... Read more


3. RIM BlackBerry 7290 Phone (Cingular)
by Research In Motion
list price: $399.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006852GS
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
Sales Rank: 403
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This update to the tried and true BlackBerry 7200 series adds support for Bluetooth, a brighter display, quad-band GSM and 32 MB of internal memory. This integrated phone, email client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer and web browser is the ultimate weapon for mobile professionals.

Design
The 7290 follows the standard BlackBerry form factor-- a large 240 x 160 color screen placed above a QWERTY thumbpad. The screen offers plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, which makes it easy to navigate the phone's functions. A jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset. A removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the unit.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 7290. The unit's Bluetooth capability means you can use a wireless headset with the phone for handsfree calling. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 32 MB of internal memory, are also included.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The 7290 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With Cingular's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from up to 10 email accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 7290. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop software.

Use the 7290's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Wireless text messaging is also supported by the 7290.

The 7290 ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter, and a to-do list. The unit's software is based on the Java platform, meaning Java-compatible games and applications can be added to the device.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 7290 weighs 4.9 ounces and measures 4.5 x 2.9 x 0.9 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 9 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry 7290 handset, travel charger, USB cable, battery, holster, hands-free headset, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • Email, phone, browser, SMS, browser and organizer in a single handheld
  • Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS compatibility for international roaming
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Bright, backlit 240x160 display supporting over 65,000 colors
  • Easy-to-use navigation trackwheel and intuitive menu interface

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Blackberry 7290 - Cingular
I couldn't be happier with this Blackberry. Cingular service is clear and I live in an area that all cell phone companies have reception issues.I setup 4 email addresses and I receive mail from all 4 accounts seemlessly.What a great invention especially for those of us that need to be in email contact for business reasons.

3-0 out of 5 stars Accidental disconnections
I am still learning all the 'wonderful' things that the Blackberry 7290 can do.For right now, I am using it mostly as a cell phone and to get email.

What I find annoying is the design of the trackwheel and side button.The side button -- which disconnects a phone call -- happens to be right where I would normally hold the phone.Result: I often inadvertently disconnect a call.Very maddening!

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great with my corporate enterprise service
I have had no problems. Works great with my corporate "enterprise server". If your company supports this device for email, you will love it. I travel quite a bit and I now leave my laptop at home for daytrips (I bring my PPT presentations on a USB drive). I recommend the phone service as part of it. My co-workers had a separate phone and then switched to all on the BBerry (both phone and email)...it was more conveniant and he looked like a dork with two devices on his belt!

Using the phone is not as slick as a regular cell phone, but if you use your phone for 90% business like I do, the benefits od the enterprise server outweighs the negatives (e.g. being able to look up internal company numbers wirelessly through the enterprise server).

Motorola Bluetooth headset works well with this unit.

Cingular works fine for me (no worse than any other provider). I am in the Chicago area.

I haven't figured out how to add a separate instance of my personal email and contacts on the unit. I don't want to intermix them with my work contacts/email. I am pretty sure there is a way to accomplisg this, but I have not had the time to work through it.

I'm sold on this unit.

1-0 out of 5 stars BlackBerry is a big JOKE & Cingular is the WORST
I spent over $90 per month for data and voice on Cingular's plan that claims "Rising the Bar", meaning their own own bank account!

Cingular is the biggest worst cellular provider with the worst reception. The BlackBerry just doesn't work, it is slow and the calls drops within 10 seconds of initiating any local or long distance calls!

I have been a celluar user for 20 years and Cingular was and still is the worst in customer service, reception quality, and just not worth a penny a call as they grab your attention with their roll-over minutes. I had over thousands of rolled-over minutes that I couldn't use, because their service just doesn't work.

I dropped Cingular and am using my BlackBerry to play games!
Don't waste your money, sign with another carrier (No Contract), other than Cingular, Cingular is the worst and BlackBerry still needs a lot of R&D to make it work.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this if you are a single user...
PLEASE NOTE This unit does NOT synchronise fully with your desktop email program unless you are using it as part of a corporate network. After endless hours on the phone with cingular and blackberry tech support it transpires that you must buy an additional $3,000.00 server to make this unit synchronise effectively with Outlook or other desktop organizers.This is not as advertised! Furthermore, the instructions for the blackberry are completely inadequate as are the online help options. I am furious and have returned my blackberry to cingular for a full refund. ... Read more


4. RIM BlackBerry 6710 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by AT&T Wireless
list price: $449.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009RA21
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: AT&T Wireless
Sales Rank: 3275
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The BlackBerry 6710 is the first BlackBerry handheld to offer an integrated speaker and microphone. This integrated dual-band GSM phone, email client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer and web browser is the ultimate weapon for mobile professionals.

Design
The 6710 follows the standard BlackBerry form factor. The 160 x 160 screen, which can display up to 20 lines of text, is placed above a QWERTY thumbpad. The screen offers plenty of real estate to view your emails and web browser content. The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, which makes it easy to navigate the phone's functions. A jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset. A removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the unit, and there is a docking port-- which mates with the included docking station-- for email, address book and calendar synchronization.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 6710. A vibrating alert is provided, as is a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 16 MB of internal memory. Make and receive calls with the built-in microphone and speaker, or use the included headset for handsfree operation.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The 6710 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With AT&T's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from your personal and enterprise email accounts. With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives.

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 6710. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts using the included BlackBerry Desktop software and the included docking/charging cradle.

Use the 6710's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Wireless text messaging is also supported by the 6710. The 6710 also ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter, and a to-do list.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 6710 weighs 4.86 ounces and measures 4.76 x 2.9 x 0.7 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time, and up to 10 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 900/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry 6710 handset, docking/charging cradle, battery, hands-free headset, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • Integrates with your existing email mailbox and address, so you only have one inbox and one address to manage
  • Quick and easy access to your address book, contacts, calendar, task list and memo pad
  • Use your BlackBerry handheld to place and receive phone calls with an enhanced phone user interface
  • Retrieve wireless information anywhere on the nation's largest GSM/GPRS wireless network
  • Powerful wireless handheld-contains an embedded wireless modem, easy-to-use keyboard and backlit screen

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Amazon is great.. phone is great, just say away from AT&T
WARNING: AT&T representatives ("Dawn: R361" and "Max: N360") themselves said during my troubleshooting (as detailed below) that I should NOT have bought through Amazon, and that they have received a barrage of complaints from Amazon buyers!I still really like Amazon, but they're integration with AT&T is non existent.People should not have to wait 2-3 days for service after they receive the phone.Buy the same phone on Amazon, but a different carrier. ... Read more


5. RIM BlackBerry 6210 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by AT&T Wireless
list price: $369.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009RA3G
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: AT&T Wireless
Sales Rank: 3248
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sporting a smaller form factor than earlier BlackBerry devices, the 6210 is the perfect tool for mobile professionals. This integrated dual-band GSM phone, email client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer and web browser will keep you in touch wherever you roam.Design
The 6210 follows the standard BlackBerry form factor, but with a slimmed-down profile. The grayscale screen, which can display up to 15 lines of text, is placed above a QWERTY thumbpad. The screen offers plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, which makes it easy to navigate the phone's functions. A jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset. A removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the unit, and there is a USB port for email, address book and calendar synchronization.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 6210. A vibrating alert is provided, as is a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 16 MB of internal memory. Make and receive calls with the built-in microphone and speaker, or use the included headset for handsfree operation.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The 6210 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With AT&T's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from your personal and enterprise email accounts. With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 6210. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop software.

Use the 6210's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Wireless text messaging is also supported by the 6210. Also, 6210 ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter, and a to-do list.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 6210 weighs 4.80 ounces and measures 4.45 x 2.91 x 0.83 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 12 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 900/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry 6210 handset, handheld stand, charger, swivel holster, battery, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • Designed to be compact and very portable
  • Includes an integrated, backlit QWERTY keyboard
  • Corporate email integration technology
  • WML/HTML browser
  • Dual-band world roaming

6. RIM BlackBerry 6280 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by AT&T Wireless
list price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000184FYS
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: AT&T Wireless
Sales Rank: 4064
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with AT&T cell phone service, RIM's Java-based BlackBerry 6280 is a business-oriented phone, organizer, and communication device that works like a normal phone but also happens to give you e-mail access, SMS text messaging, and Web browsing along with everything you'd expect from an organizer--all in a single wireless handheld that supports international GSM/GPRS roaming. The 6280 uses a 160 x 100 pixel monochrome screen and comes with an easily attaching headset for convenient, hands-free conversation so you can read, type, or retrieve information while you talk.

The 6280 offers tri-band 850/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networking and operates on 850/1900 MHz in the US and Canada (1800 MHz in Europe/Asia Pacific). GSM/GPRS networks grant "always-on" operation and let you maintain a virtual connection to the wireless network for data services. GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet-switched network designed for wide-area data communication, while GSM offers high-quality mobile voice services.

Calling Features

Hold the 6280 to your ear like a regular phone so you can answer it quickly, or use the included headset to talk while you read and type on the unit's backlit QWERTY keyboard. The 6280 fits comfortably in your hand as you send and receive calls worldwide. Its PDA format provides a nifty, thumb-operated track wheel for extra-easy dialing and menu navigation. The 6280 also includes an integrated earpiece and microphone, call-alert options (tone, vibrate, onscreen or LED indicator), and selectable font sizes.

Messaging and Internet

The 6280's embedded RIM wireless modem offers a variety of wireless Internet services, including e-mail with integrated attachment viewing. You can integrate the unit's e-mail with existing business e-mail accounts, existing personal e-mail accounts, or with a new handheld e-mail account. SMS capability lets you send and receive short text messages independent of an e-mail inbox, and you can use the phone's keyboard to quickly exchange messages with other SMS-enabled devices.

View e-mail attachments in variety of file formats (including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and Adobe PDF) and fire up the included Internet browser to visit Web sites, retrieve up-to-date stock quotes, read news, and check weather forecasts. Use the keyboard to punch in URLs, then navigate Web pages and follow links using the click-and-scroll trackwheel. (Check with your Internet service provider for availability and compatibility.)

Organizer

The 6280's BlackBerry Desktop software (3.6 or higher) works with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, which are supported by Version 2.1 or higher for Microsoft Exchange or Version 2.0 with Service Pack 2 or higher for Lotus Domino. It also supports Java development platform based on open standards. When you're using the handheld, a browser, and software-development tools, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server's Mobile Data Service (MDS) grants always-on/push-based access to enterprise applications and information. Security features include password protection and keyboard lock.

Maximize your productivity through easy access to your calendar (manage and schedule appointments while you're on the go), address book (access all your important contact information wherever you are), and task list (add, edit, and delete tasks and mark tasks as complete). MemoPad lets you compose, edit, and delete important notes and memos, while a calculator lets you perform basic mathematical operations and conversions.

Vital Statistics

The BlackBerry 6280 is loaded with 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, weighs 4.8 ounces, and measures 4.4 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches. Its removable lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours digital talk time, and up to 16 days digital standby time. It comes with a USB cable for charging and PC synchronization, an international travel charger, a swivel holster, and a handheld stand. ... Read more

Features

  • The BlackBerry 6280 Wireless Handheld is the first mono tri-band device in the BlackBerry series
  • You can e-mail, view your calendar, talk, and more with BlackBerry from AT&T Wireless
  • Enjoy the simplicity of carrying only one wireless device for all of your business and personal communication needs
  • BlackBerry supports access to Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, popular e-mail such as AOL, MSN and Hotmail in addition to POP3 /IMAP4.
  • BlackBerry 6280 supports attachment viewing for several popular formats

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars awsome!!
This is very interesting.
I thaught the internet would be slow and would freez...
It turned out to be great and i always look forward to it ... Read more


7. RIM Blackberry 6280 Phone (Cingular)
by Research In Motion
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00021OERC
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
Sales Rank: 5972
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sporting a smaller form factor than earlier BlackBerry devices, plus added support for the GSM 800 frequency, the tri-band 6280 is the perfect tool for mobile professionals. This integrated phone, email client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer and web browser will keep you in touch wherever you roam.Design
The 6280 follows the standard BlackBerry form factor, but with a slimmed-down profile. The grayscale screen, which can display up to 15 lines of text, is placed above a QWERTY thumbpad. The screen offers plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, which makes it easy to navigate the phone's functions. A jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset. A removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the unit, and there is a USB port for email, address book and calendar synchronization.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 6280. A vibrating alert is provided, as is a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 16 MB of internal memory. Make and receive calls with the built-in microphone and speaker, or use the included headset for handsfree operation.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
The 6280 delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With Cingular's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from your personal and enterprise email accounts. With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 6280. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop software.

Use the 6280's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Wireless text messaging is also supported by the 6280. Also, 6280 ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter, and a to-do list.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 6280 weighs 4.80 ounces and measures 4.45 x 2.91 x 0.83 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 12 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/900/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
6280 handset, handheld stand, charger, swivel holster, battery, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • The ultimate communicator - receive & send messages from your email account and retain full phone functionality
  • Enjoy the simplicity of carrying only one wireless device for all of your business and personal communication needs
  • BlackBerry supports access to Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, AOL Mail, MSN and Hotmail in addition to POP3 /IMAP4
  • BlackBerry 6280 supports attachment viewing for several popular formats
  • 16MB RAM, downloadable MIDI ringtones, setup CD-ROM, charger included

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Cingular is deceptive!
My review is on Cingular.I bought a phone w/service and was told I could return for full refund and only charged for any air time used.THEY LIE.THE PHONE DID NOT WORK IN MY AREA AND I CANCELLED THE NEXT DAY.THEY ARE CHARGING ME FOR ACTIVATION even though it never worked in my area.If you are uncertain you will keep the phone and service, DON'T BUY from Cingular.Amazon will also do nothing to reimburse. ... Read more


8. RIM BlackBerry 7280 PDA Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by AT&T Wireless
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002OKSVK
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: AT&T Wireless
Sales Rank: 2142
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Overview
Compatible with AT&T cell phone service, the BlackBerry 7280 combines a full-featured mobile phone and BlackBerry organizer with a backlit QWERTY keyboard and a host of communication options, including wireless email, text messaging, and Web browsing, all displayed on a 240 x 160 screen supporting over 65,000 colors.

Calling Features
Used simply as a phone, the BlackBerry 7280 fits comfortably in the user's hand, and can send and receive calls worldwide. Its flexible PDA format provides users with a nifty thumb-operated track wheel for extra-easy dialing and menu navigation. The 7280 also includes an integrated speaker and microphone and a hands-free headset, as well as vibrate, icons, and LED icon alert options (in addition to a conventional ring tone) as indicators of incoming calls or data.

Messaging and Internet
The BlackBerry 7280's embedded RIM wireless modem makes available a variety of wireless Internet services, including email with integrated attachment viewing, SMS, Mobile Data Service, and a calendar. Email can be also integrated with existing business email accounts, existing personal email accounts, or a new handheld email account. The 7280's SMS capability enables users to send and receive short text messages independent of an email inbox, and to use the phone's handy keyboard to very quickly exchange messages with other SMS-enabled devices.

Organizer
Organizer features are predictably robust. The 7280's BlackBerry Desktop software (3.6 or higher) works with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, which are supported by Version 2.1 or higher for Microsoft Exchange or Version 2.0 with Service Pack 2 or higher for Lotus Domino. It also supports Java development platform based on open standards. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server's Mobile Data Service (MDS) enables always-on/push-based access to enterprise applications and information for users running a BlackBerry handheld, browser, and software development tools. Security features include password protection and keyboard lock.

Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry 7280 is loaded with 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, weighs 4.8 ounces, and measures 4.4 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches. Its removable Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 4 hours digital talk time, and up to 10 days digital standby time. It comes with a USB cable for charging and PC synchronization, an international travel charger, and a swivel holster.

... Read more

Features

  • The BlackBerry 7280 Wireless Handheld is the first tri-band device in the BlackBerry series. This handheld device supports the 850, 1800 and 1900 MHz bands
  • The high-end BlackBerry 7280 sports a glorious high-resolution, full-color screen
  • High-resolution (240x160 pixel) full-color LCD display with more than 65,000 colors
  • You can e-mail, view your calendar, talk, and more with BlackBerry from AT&T Wireless
  • Enjoy the simplicity of carrying only one wireless device for all of your business and personal communication needs

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Root canal is more fun
Wow - hours of frustration trying to get Amazon, AT&T and Cingular to work together!The 1st Blackberry 7280 I received from Amazon was defective - it kept typing Q & A (ironic, isn't it?) whenever I was trying to compose email, dial phone numbers, etc.So I returned it.

The second device has been fine, although the quality of phone calls is much worse than my previous AT&T cell phone (lots of background noise and you have to align the ear speaker exactly perfectly with your ear).Email & battery are great.

But then the real fun started.Shortly after receiving the 2nd Blackberry, Cingular called me & asked if I wanted to migrate to Cingular at no cost. Since I'll probably have to migrate eventually because of the merger, I agreed.Then I found out that to complete the migration, I cannot use my new device, I will have to buy a Cingular device!After talking to about 20 people at Cingular (50% of whom didn't know, and 50% of whom said I would need to purchase a new Blackberry), and talking to AT&T (customer support and retail store), I'm giving up. I have to make another return and reprogram another device. Wish the companies would get together on customer service & the migration.

4-0 out of 5 stars Do I need this hunk of garbage?
I tried to steer clear of using this PDA/phone/email client because I don't like firm attachments to big geeky items. It's just another ball and chain for your company to use.

Actually when I did get this phone I became glued on the email capabilities. Now I don't have to actually call a person I can just drop them an email. If you're in a theater for example you can message them that you're busy. A great thing about the phone is the QWERTY keyboard, I can't type like a regular keyboard but I know the keys well enough to say I can type with my eyes closed.

As for the phone portion, the sound is really clear but the drawback is you have to align your ear to the hole in the phone which can prove annoying. Also the service for AT&T is really bad in some areas which make you struggle on having a decent conversation, another good reason to have email capabilities. The battery life is great, I've managed to talk 2 hours a day for a week and the phone was just half used.

A note in style, the geekier phones tend to be more bulkier and you can feel the weight on your belt or sticking out. What I've come to do is where the clip outside my pocket and just slide theflat phone easily out when I need to make a call. I don't even notice the phone most the time which is a big plus for me. I can be a geek without looking like one.

3 Service
5 Battery Life
5 Features

5-0 out of 5 stars Great device. Makes email crunching really easy
I work in silicon valley and get about 150 work related emails and hundreds of SPAM messages every day. My company gave me this blackberry, I call it blueberry bcoz of its color some months back. I forward all my work related emails and filter out SPAM messsages using the online filters provided on the web + my company's SPAM filters. Now when I am travelling, I just keep track of all emails using this. No need to find a wifi location etc. Once you get used to the size, you will love the email + voice convergence. Also the internet access is also quite useful. I can check yahoo email, stock quotes etc from my blueberry.

4-0 out of 5 stars Near perfect, lack of service if breaks irritating
I've had two. The first broke in the warranty period. The connection between the phone and the hands-free broke at the internal connection. It wasn't the hands free headset or hands-free headset connector - it was the phone. I returned it and got a new one. The connection on this one seemed as fragile as the first. Since I work for a construction company I duct-taped the hands-free to the phone, to help avoid the tugging that seemed to destroy the connection within the phone. The second one broke after about 1.5 months. I simply managed to prolong its life with the duct tape, thereby missing out on the warranty period. Since I spend a lot of time on my cell phone for work I really need and appreciate a good hands-free unit. Now I just have to hold the phone to my ear when I talk. Very inconvenient, so I lose those free hands that help me out during work. Anyway, Blackberry has nothing on its site about service for phones that weren't purchased thru the RIM site, and Amazon has no info on reputable service, or any service plans that I noticed. So I guess I'm out of luck. If the hands-free worked it would be the perfect phone/pda. If I could get service it would be almost perfect. But with the fragile hands-free connection, it falls into the almost great, maybe I should have gotten a disposable Nokia instead, category. Phone voice quality is great, and the PDA is good also. I was able to transfer contacts from ACT, and appointments from ACT, but not perform a true sync. I really wish the hands-free connection on the phone was functional.


2-0 out of 5 stars Don't count on 24 hour shipment
This is a fine phone, but there may be delays before you get it.Amazon's shipment depends on AT ... Read more


9. RIM Blackberry 7280 Phone (Cingular)
by Research In Motion
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000260KH0
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: Research In Motion
Sales Rank: 3004
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Overview

Compatible with Cingular cell phone service, the BlackBerry 7280 combines a full-featured mobile phone and BlackBerry organizer with a backlit QWERTY keyboard and a host of communication options, including wireless email, text messaging, and Web browsing, all displayed on a 240 x 160 screen supporting over 65,000 colors.

Calling Features

Used simply as a phone, the BlackBerry 7280 fits comfortably in the user's hand, and can send and receive calls worldwide. Its flexible PDA format provides users with a nifty thumb-operated track wheel for extra-easy dialing and menu navigation. The 7280 also includes an integrated speaker and microphone and a hands-free headset, as well as vibrate, icons, and LED icon alert options (in addition to a conventional ring tone) as indicators of incoming calls or data.

Messaging and Internet

The BlackBerry 7280's embedded RIM wireless modem makes available a variety of wireless Internet services, including email with integrated attachment viewing, SMS, Mobile Data Service, and a calendar. Email can be also integrated with existing business email accounts, existing personal email accounts, or a new handheld email account. The 7280's SMS capability enables users to send and receive short text messages independent of an email inbox, and to use the phone's handy keyboard to very quickly exchange messages with other SMS-enabled devices.

Organizer

Organizer features are predictably robust. The 7280's BlackBerry Desktop software (3.6 or higher) works with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, which are supported by Version 2.1 or higher for Microsoft Exchange or Version 2.0 with Service Pack 2 or higher for Lotus Domino. It also supports Java development platform based on open standards. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server's Mobile Data Service (MDS) enables always-on/push-based access to enterprise applications and information for users running a BlackBerry handheld, browser, and software development tools. Security features include password protection and keyboard lock.

Vital Statistics

The BlackBerry 7280 is loaded with 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, weighs 4.8 ounces, and measures 4.4 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches. Its removable Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 4 hours digital talk time, and up to 10 days digital standby time. It comes with a USB cable for charging and PC synchronization, an international travel charger, and a swivel holster. ... Read more

Features

  • This Tri-band BlackBerry 7280 handheld supports a wide 240x160 pixel screen with vibrant 65,000 color reflective display technology
  • Will fullsized QWERTY keyboard you can easily write fell length text messages and email
  • Use Xpress Mail with Blackberry to securely send and receive corporate email with viewable MS Office attachments
  • Huge 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM
  • Comes with USB Data Cable, 950 STD Li-Ion Battery, Travel Charger, Belt Clip

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Cingular is deceptive!
My review is on Cingular.I bought a phone w/service and was told I could return for full refund and only charged for any air time used.THEY LIE.THE PHONE DID NOT WORK IN MY AREA AND I CANCELLED THE NEXT DAY.THEY ARE CHARGING ME FOR ACTIVATION even though it never worked in my area.If you are uncertain you will keep the phone and service, DON'T BUY from Cingular.Amazon will also do nothing to reimburse.

I see others have experienced deception from Cingular too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Warning - 62650 is discriminated by Amazon!
Unfortunately for the people of Jacksonville, IL 62650 can not order Blackberry 7280 Cingular from Amazon.When I check with availability zip code.It says "Sorry! This product is not available for Jacksonville, IL".However, Blackberry 7280 Cingular is working excellent in Jacksonville, IL 62650. Amazon's discrimination toward people of zip code 62650.Anyway, I sought other business to ordered Blackberry 7280 and I loves it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cingular Presents False Advertising
I tried to order the 7280 Blackberry(Cingular) 3 times. Twice for myself and once for my wife(I know she has good credit). Each time I was told the order was cancelled for additional credit information. Upon contacting Cingular I was told that a $49 deposit was required and Amazon could not collect the deposit; therefore the order couldn't be completed. From what I can figure out, Cingular has no intention of honoring this offer. So, give it a shot; but as for me(a ex-longtime Cingular customer) I'd look for other options. My new order for the 7280 Blackberry thru another carrier will arrive this week. ... Read more


10. RIM Blackberry 6710 Phone (T-Mobile)
by T-Mobile
list price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008OEJH
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: T-Mobile
Sales Rank: 3397
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with T-Mobile cell phone service, the RIM BlackBerry 6710 is a full-featured connected organizer that brings you a built-in QWERTY keyboard, e-mail, SMS text messaging and web browsing on the go, along with everything you'd expect from an organizer in a single wireless phone that supports international GSM/GPRS roaming. It's all displayed on a spacious, 20-line, 160 x 160 screen.

Calling Features
For calling, the 6710 can be held up to the ear like a regular phone so you can answer it quickly, plus the included headset also lets talk while you type on the backlit keyboard and read the screen. There's also a dedicated voice mail button, andredial, missed call indicator, call log, speed dial, mute control, no-answer transfer, vibrating ring, a phone book capacity of 250 entries, and more.

Messaging and Internet
The 6710 can get you online fast and features GPRS high speed data transfer. The BlackBerry browser supports WML, HTML and XML, so you can access almost any kind of online data, and since it's Java-compatible, you can also easily download new wallpaper, graphics, ring tones, and games, in addition to the ones already included with the phone.

Organizer
For organizing yourself, you'll get an address book, memo pad, task list, and a calendar that can synchronize wirelessly-- meaning that you can set, accept or decline meeting requests using the BlackBerry and your online calendar will be updated for others to see. You can also wirelessly synchronize your inbox and folders with your desktop PC, or search your organization's e-mail address list. And you can view e-mail attachments in variety of file formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and Adobe PDF.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 6710 weighs 5.64 ounces and measures 4.53 x 2.95 x 0.95 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at 165 minutes minimum digital talk time, and 75 hours minimum digital standby time. It runs on GSM 900/1900 MHz, using the Symbian Operating System 7.0s, Series 60 platform, version 2. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

In the Box
BlackBerry 6710, hands-free ear piece, holster, cradle, travel charger, battery, user documentation ... Read more

Features

  • Integrates with your existing email mailbox and address, so you only have one inbox and one address to manage
  • Quick and easy access to your address book, contacts, calendar, task list and memo pad.
  • Use your BlackBerry handheld to place and receive phone calls with an enhanced phone user interface
  • Retrieve wireless information anywhere on the nation's largest GSM/GPRS wireless network
  • Powerful wireless handheld-contains an embedded wireless modem, easy-to-use keyboard and backlit screen

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Portable Office
I get a bazillion corporate emails a day and I've gotten pretty sick of hauling the laptop home every evening and on weekends just to keep up. I knew a BlackBerry was a good solution but I had no idea how productive/addictive they were. (I guess they call them CrackBerries for a reason.)

I had an opportunity to try three different BlackBerries. The Cingular 6280 (screen too small), the Cingular 7280 (color screen was hard to read and it was too small) and the T-Mobile 6710. I stuck with the 6710 for the obvious reason. The screen size! It's perfect and very easy to read. The larger screen makes reading emails or the whole calender, especially in agenda view and browsing WAP websites a breeze.

Phone conversations are also crystal clear with no volume issues.

It also comes with a Desktop Cradle (neither Cingular BB came with a cradle). Only complaint is the cradle is RS232 instead of USB.

The battery life is also supurb.

All in all, it's an awesome device and it doesn't leave my side.

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11. RIM BlackBerry 7100t Phone (T-Mobile)
by VoiceStream
list price: $299.99
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00032IAWA
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: VoiceStream
Sales Rank: 1411
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The BlackBerry 7100t is the first of its kind-- a fully-featured mobile phone that delivers the power of BlackBerry e-mail. This is one sweet little phone, loaded with all of the cool features you want, like integrated Bluetooth connectivity, speakerphone, and downloadable ringtones. Plus, surf the Web the way it was meant to be surfed with an ultra-large, high-resolution color screen.

Design
Design-wise, the 7100t is a departure from the form factor of previous BlackBerry models. This BlackBerry is far more phone-like, and RIM's engineers have managed to fit a QWERTY keyboard onto the handset's slim frame. Each button on the keypad shares two letters and the unit automatically determines which letter is the intended one based on what it predicts you are trying to spell. This unique predictive text technology, known as SureType, enables the 7100t's diminutive size. SureType also learns the words you use most often, further enhancing your typing speed.

The 7100t sports a large 240 x 260 pixels screen with 65,000 colors-- plenty of real estate to view your emails, web browser content, messaging sessions and attachments. The venerable BlackBerry jog dial is located on the right side of the unit for quick scrolling through menus and emails. A speakerphone is housed in the top portion of the rear of the handset, just above the removable battery door. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset.

Calling Features
All the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the 7100t. As mentioned, the unit's speakerphone makes it easy to use the device handsfree, or if you prefer, use a wireless headset via the 7100t's built-in Bluetooth capability. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book that is limited only by the unit's 32 MB of internal memory, are also included. Any of the phone's 32 included polyphonic ringtones can be used to create caller-specific ringers so you can know who's calling without having to look at the handset. More ringtones are available from T-Mobile's t-zones mobile web service.

Messaging, Internet and Tools
While the 7100t is a different kind of BlackBerry, it still delivers the legendary BlackBerry email experience. With T-Mobile's BlackBerry service plans, you can receive emails instantaneously from up to 10 email accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your email. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new email arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing email attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry device calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your 7100t. Users without Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop software.

Use the 7100t's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports and more. Instant messaging and wireless messaging are also built into the 7100t. The unit supports AOL, Yahoo and ICQ instant messaging, as well as SMS text messaging. MMS messages can be received and forwarded.

The 7100t ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter and a to-do list. The unit supports Java application and game downloads (available via the t-zones service). One game, BrickBreaker, is included.

Vital Statistics
The RIM BlackBerry 7100t weighs 4.30 ounces and measures 4.70 x 2.30 x 0.70 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.5 hours of digital talk time, and up to 240 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 800/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS frequencies. The phone comes with a one year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry 7100t handset, international travel charger, two USB cables, battery, holster, hands-free headset, SIM card, BlackBerry Desktop software. ... Read more

Features

  • BlackBerry 7100t keeps you connected whether you're in the office or not, and it fits perfectly into your lifestyle. And your pocket.
  • Full-featured quad-band phone - This is one sweet phone, with dedicated send and end keys, speakerphone and integrated Bluetooth
  • E-mail - BlackBerry's always-on "push" technology sends e-mails from up to ten of your existing Internet or corporate accounts directly to your phone.
  • Big, bold screen - Read messages and browse the web on the big, bold ultra-high-resolution bright color screen.
  • Easy typing - The 7100t's innovative keypad is built for speed. Concentrate on what you're saying, not how to type it. The more you type, the faster it gets as the 7100t learns the words you use most.

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars I have used most PDA phones.The 7100t is the BEST
After being pretty happy with the Treo 600 I moved on to the Treo 650 with Cingular.Some of the issues I had with the 650 may have been related to Cingular but as a consumer who has the time or patience to sort through that.In general the 650 with Cingular was a total disaster.The phone had to be reset 2-3 times a day, bluetooth usage was hit or miss and I tried 3 different headsets.Worst of all, Palm just allows you to install whatever application you desire and does not manage any conflicts that may occur.Your first indication of a problem is the phone repeatedly recycling.

Now for the 7100t on T-Mobile.It's been nothing but goodness.Getting corporate e-mail configured on the phone was fool proof and having other e-mail accounts set up to sync with the phone was a breeze.The phone has NEVER frozen or reset.I have never had to reset the phone myself.The Treo manuals have an easy to access 'reset' button because it's such an issue for them.The keyboard requires a little bit of patience, but like a high tech car, if you want high performance and a good ride you have to take some time to learn.Yes, there are two letters on most of the keys and in the end that serves to provide a smaller device and also means you don't have to move your fingers around alot to type words.This becomes a nice benefit.I find I can type faster than I could with the Treo keyboard.

If you are used to a stylus, then it takes getting used to.The blackberry just does not use them and what that means is you can do almost everything with 1 hand.

A few words of advice to get productive with this phone:

1) download the user manual from the web site.it has lots of detail about the phone.be sure to read all the detail regarding how to use the keyboard.

2) don't be so concerned with 3rd party applications to put on the phone.this phone comes with most everything you need to be productive.i found with the Treo that I needed about $100 worth of accessory software to be productive and to make up for small software features that were not packaged with the phone.

3) learn the short cuts with the keyboard. you can scroll up and down by hitting 3 or 9 and can go to the top of a list or the bottom of a list by hitting 1 or 7.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable PDA...
I bought my 7100t several weeks ago because I was impressed with the size. I could easily use it as a phone and also have my contacts, calendar, Internet, and the huge bonus of email all with me at once. This little device has transformed my organizational capability and made my life a whole lot easier. I use the Internet for work purposes quite a bit and I have found typing easier than expected. No, you can't type like on a PC but the QWERTY keyboard is very serviceable and great for quick responses.
I have never loved a device before but when you experience the critical functionality that this unit provides it is easy to see why some call them CRACKBERRIES. This is one very cool device that has had a significant impact on my productivity. There is NOTHING like it on the market and the T-mobile service has been a pleasant surprise. This is a superb device. Highest recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars The NEW next best thing!
Being a Palm junkie, I was entirely ready to junk my PDA, cell phone, and Blackberry for a Treo 600 (the 650 wasn't out at that point). However, after using a Blackberry and appreciating the functionality, I decided to look into the 7100t before I jumped on the Treo...I'm glad I did.

The form of the 7100t is tops in the BB line (I have a colleague who has the 7100g...not the same), and, at the same time, has the power to handle all the necessary tasks of a busy executive. Although the keyboard, with its "SureType" technology takes some practice (not much), it is a little bit of heaven once you get it down.

A little more about the form...this is the first BB that actually has the shape and feel of a cell phone. The original BB I owned was not conducive to phone use, even though it was offered. The 7100t is just about the same size as the Treo, making the basis for comparison very good...and compare I did. The 2.1-inch, 240-by-260 color display is probably the best I've seen in this size a device, and beats the lower res Treo like a whipping post. A friend of mine bought a Treo 650 recently (after seeing my 7100t) and came to me boasting about the "better keyboard." When we put them side-by-side, he was almost embarrassed at the screen quality of his Treo vs. my 7100t.

I use my 7100t extensively for organization purposes (PDA)...calendar, address book, and task list daily. The 7100t interface is extremely friendly and syncs perfectly with Outlook on my office PC. And, although the 7100t has IM and web browsing options as standard features, I don't make use of them due to the lack speed and screen size (although in a pinch, you can engage the browser and Google whatever you like).

A bit about the keyboard and Suretype...RIM's literature indicates that to make the device more "phone-like," they opted for the 20-key hybrid keypad in which the keys are relatively small, flat, and close together. Most keys have two letters and a number on them, but are arranged in the familiar QWERTY format. I've got fairly large hands, and don't have much trouble with the keys. RIM's proprietary SureType is leaps and bounds ahead of most predictive text systems previously offered. Its database has incredible breadth and is actually quite adept at discerning the word one is typing. Honestly, it takes less than an hour to get used to the predictive nature of the typing interaction, and then you're off and running.

As to cell service and functionality, perhaps I'm the lucky one here. I have had none of the difficulties expressed by other reviewers relative to dropped calls or static reception. Frankly, the quality of this cell is better than the last two cell phones I've owned (Samsung and Moto).

Although I wasn't overly excited about having to switch to T-Mobile to get this phone, the service has been excellent (so far) and their plans accommodating. Beyond that, this device has been absolutely wonderful and it is a constant companion.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a beauty
Okay I have read the reviews here and am shocked by some. I have had this phone for a couple of months now and I havent had any of the problems that some people are reporting. The phone wokrs like a charm...the pda part works great....sending text and emails is a breeze once you get used to it and yes it is possible to type fast with the keyboard and I have big fingers I never miss a key...so dont be hesitant, if your looking for a good joining of a cellphone and a pda this is it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unstable phone.... Drops calls and reboots
This is a good phone as far as features it provides as a PDA. BUT this has a biggest problem. It does not work well as a phone. It reboots itself while taking. Just like old Windows 98 machine 'blue screen' problem. Its really annoying when you are on a conference call or interview call and it takes another 5-10 mins to join back.
T-mobile customer care is now going to replace this phone with another refurbished phone.
Do not buy!! ... Read more


12. RIM BlackBerry 6230 Phone (T-Mobile)
by VoiceStream
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000A3H0L
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: VoiceStream
Sales Rank: 2511
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Compatible with T-Mobile cell phone service, RIM's Java-based BlackBerry 6230 is a business-oriented phone, organizer, and communication device that works like a normal phone but also happens to give you e-mail access, SMS text messaging, and Web browsing along with everything you'd expect from an organizer--all in a single wireless handheld that supports international GSM/GPRS roaming. The 6230 uses a 160 x 100 pixel monochrome screen and comes with an easily attaching headset for convenient, hands-free conversation so you can read, type, or retrieve information while you talk.

The 6230 offers tri-band 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networking and operates on 1900 MHz in the US and Canada (900/1800 MHz in Europe/Asia Pacific). GSM/GPRS networks grant "always-on" operation and let you maintain a virtual connection to the wireless network for data services. GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is a packet-switched network designed for wide-area data communication, while GSM offers high-quality mobile voice services.

Calling Features

Hold the 6230 to your ear like a regular phone so you can answer it quickly, or use the included headset to talk while you read and type on the unit's backlit QWERTY keyboard. The 6230 fits comfortably in your hand as you send and receive calls worldwide. Its PDA format provides a nifty, thumb-operated track wheel for extra-easy dialing and menu navigation. The 6230 also includes an integrated earpiece and microphone, call-alert options (tone, vibrate, onscreen or LED indicator), and selectable font sizes.

Messaging and Internet

The 6230's embedded RIM wireless modem offers a variety of wireless Internet services, including e-mail with integrated attachment viewing. You can integrate the unit's e-mail with existing business e-mail accounts, existing personal e-mail accounts, or with a new handheld e-mail account. SMS capability lets you send and receive short text messages independent of an e-mail inbox, and you can use the phone's keyboard to quickly exchange messages with other SMS-enabled devices.

View e-mail attachments in variety of file formats (including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and Adobe PDF) and fire up the included Internet browser to visit Web sites, retrieve up-to-date stock quotes, read news, and check weather forecasts. Use the keyboard to punch in URLs, then navigate Web pages and follow links using the click-and-scroll trackwheel. (Check with your Internet service provider for availability and compatibility.)

Organizer

The 6230's BlackBerry Desktop software (3.6 or higher) works with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, which are supported by Version 2.1 or higher for Microsoft Exchange or Version 2.0 with Service Pack 2 or higher for Lotus Domino. It also supports Java development platform based on open standards. When you're using the handheld, a browser, and software-development tools, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server's Mobile Data Service (MDS) grants always-on/push-based access to enterprise applications and information. Security features include password protection and keyboard lock.

Maximize your productivity through easy access to your calendar (manage and schedule appointments while you're on the go), address book (access all your important contact information wherever you are), and task list (add, edit, and delete tasks and mark tasks as complete). MemoPad lets you compose, edit, and delete important notes and memos, while a calculator lets you perform basic mathematical operations and conversions.

Vital Statistics

The BlackBerry 6230 is loaded with 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, weighs 4.8 ounces, and measures 4.4 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches. Its removable lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5 hours digital talk time, and up to 16 days digital standby time. It comes with a USB cable for charging and PC synchronization, an international travel charger, a swivel holster, and a handheld stand. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in voice functionality - place and receive phone calls using the integrated speaker/microphone
  • Integrates with your existing email mailbox and address, so you only have one inbox and one address to manage
  • Quick and easy access to your address book, contacts, calendar, task list and memo pad
  • Retrieve wireless information anywhere on the nation's largest GSM/GPRS wireless network
  • Powerful wireless handheld device contains an embedded wireless modem, easy-to-use keyboard and backlit screen

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive but it will change your life, as Oprah said
Sorry Oprah: My brother-in-law got to me saying I had to have a Blackberry before this little gadget appeared on the "O" Favorite Things list.

Like all cell phones and wireless Internet devices, the Blackberry has its quirks, but I wasn't half so happy with my Palm VIIx.

Where to begin with the luscious Blackberry?There's the calendar for one.To-do list.Notepad.Web browsing with T-zones and local info, plus finances.....and e-mail!You can sync your POP e-mail, whether it's your own unique domain name address, Yahoo!, AOL, Hotmail, Earthlink, Roadrunner...you may be tempted to think you don't need a computer.While the Blackberry may not replace your PC/Mac, it will increase your productivity and help you organize your life.Drawback: You won't be able to put it down!

I do recommend that you get an organizing software such as LotusNotes.To productivity and beyond! ... Read more


13. RIM BlackBerry 7210 Phone - Next Generation (AT&T)
by AT&T Wireless
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00014W206
Catlog: Wireless
Manufacturer: AT&T Wireless
Sales Rank: 5084
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Overview

Compatible with AT&T cell phone service, the BlackBerry 7210 combines a full-featured mobile phone and BlackBerry organizer with a backlit QWERTY keyboard and a host of communication options, including wireless email, text messaging, and Web browsing, all displayed on a 240 x 160 screen supporting over 65,000 colors. The 7210 operates on tri-band (world-wide) GSM/GPRS 900/1900 MHz service (1900 in the US).

Calling Features

Used simply as a phone, the BlackBerry 7210 fits comfortably in the user's hand, and can send and receive calls worldwide. Its flexible PDA format provides users with a nifty thumb-operated track wheel for extra-easy dialing and menu navigation. The 7210 also includes an integrated speaker and microphone and a hands-free headset, as well as vibrate, icons, and LED icon alert options (in addition to a conventional ring tone) as indicators of incoming calls or data.

Messaging and Internet

The BlackBerry 7210's embedded RIM wireless modem makes available a variety of wireless Internet services, including email with integrated attachment viewing, SMS, Mobile Data Service, and a calendar. Email can also be integrated with existing business email accounts, existing personal email accounts, or a new handheld email account. The 7210's SMS capability enables users to send and receive short text messages independent of an email inbox, and to use the phone's handy keyboard to very quickly exchange messages with other SMS-enabled devices.

Organizer

Organizer features are predictably robust. Its BlackBerry Desktop software (3.6 or higher) works with BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, which are supported by Version 2.1 or higher for Microsoft Exchange or Version 2.0 with Service Pack 2 or higher for Lotus Domino. It also supports Java development platform based on open standards. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server also features the Mobile Data Service (MDS), which enables always-on / push-based access to enterprise applications and information for users running a BlackBerry handheld, browser, and software development tools. Security features include password protection and keyboard lock.

Vital Statistics

The BlackBerry 7210 is loaded with 16 MB flash memory plus 2 MB SRAM, weighs 4.8 ounces, and measures4.4 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches. Its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at up to 4 hours digital talk time, and up to 10 days digital standby time. The BlackBerry comes with a USB cable for charging and PC synchronization, an international travel charger, and a swivel holster. ... Read more

Features

  • The high-end BlackBerry 7210 sports a glorious high-resolution, full-color screen
  • This new model is based on the Java platform, making it compatible with more applications
  • As with all Blackberry models, you can talk, send text messages, e-mail using your existing accounts and browse the Web from wherever you are
  • Keep your calendar and contacts up to date, and then synch your data back at the office
  • Inside and out, the Blackberry was designed for security, simplicity and ease

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best product on the market if you have a BES
There have been a number of less than steller reviews of the Blackberry 7xxx from independent reviewers not using it on a corporate network.People need to realize that these reviewers aren't basing their review on using the device as a business tool on a corporate network but as lone rangers with POP accounts - they just don't "get it" when that's all they have.With a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) on a corporate network, you get excellent attachment viewing and excellent web browsing with full graphics - both better than *any* handheld device out there, because both features are thoughtfully designed for a small screen mobile device.For example, the BES understands that web frame sets are useless if rendered faithfully on a very small screen, and renders the frames independently in order.I've used MapQuest on a Blackberry, CitySearch, Google, and many others.It will even render the MapQuest map well enough to use it to find a location. One of the best parts is that the BES puts the point of presence of the web browser *behind* the corporate firewall - so you can access internal corporate web apps without needing a VPN - which is a real pain on other handhelds. Companies can leverage this to build simple Blackberry oriented web apps that can bring incredible power to a mobile workforce.

The Blackberry takes a similar approach in rendering Excel, Word, or .pdf files - allowing you to view the content in a way practical on a device this size without the need for you to pan all over the place to see the document and with good performance.Yes, you need a BES to do this, but there's a good reason why - the BES is the smart intermediary to reduce the size of the data transmitted and format it appropriate to the device, so you're not trying to do an idiotic thing like pull down a 2MB spreadsheet on a GPRS network.

The phone integration is great - every detail and nuance thought out, and the battery life is close to amazing, considering the functionality and comparing it to any Palm or PPC converged device.

Other killer features - the wireless calendaring, which allows you to create meetings and manage invitations all wirelessly.And how the Blackberry works with a corporate address book is excellent - there are 10,000 addresses on ours, and the BB is great at doing lookups and adding those entries into the local address book.Whenever you see a phone number in any text field anywhere, you can click to dial it, or add it to your address book - it recognizes phone numbers and email addresses in any message.

In terms of the size - for what it does and for the screen size, it's excellent.What counts is how thin it is - much thinner that most phones, which means it can truly fit in a jacket pocket without making you look like a geek, if you don't want to wear it on a belt.And the way it manages ring versus vibrate and all of the profile possibilities is great, along with how you can set up personal rules and filters.

For a corporate messaging manager, it's also the only mobile device that actually can be managed centrally, effectively.If lost, it can be remotely "killed", keeping confidential information confidentially.

So, now that I've raved about what I think is the best communications oriented handheld device on the market, what are the *real* negatives?

- Lack of third party applications.
- Lack of music/video capabilities (this thing isn't a toy, it's a business communications device)
- Lack of a voice command feature.
- Lack of auto-answer when headset plugged in.(the auto-answer is either on or off, regardless of headset)
- Can't (yet) wirelessly sync Tasks, Contacts, Notes.
- No Bluetooth.
- Can't render html except in the browser.
- Doesn't support JavaScript in the web browser.
- AT&T GSM/GPRS coverage still pales in comparison to TDMA.

That's it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok product, has some problems.
I went from a nokia 8260 cell phone to the Blackberry 7210. I like it generally, but it has some issues...

Pros:
- Email support is ok for TEXT (read con's below). I use the device to connect to a pop account (we don't have the BES software on the exchange server). It works well, the webclient for pop service is ok, and the blackberry device works as advertised. I send and receive email regulary to the device. It's great for punching out a quick text reply, etc.
- Good contacts sync through the software provided with phone. The navigation of contacts is nice and fairly easy with the thumbwheel on the blackberry.
- Good calendar feature, as good as palm's.
- Some nice features like auto-off and auto-on (nice to have it shut off automatically at 11 pm and turn back on at 7 am), block breaker game, backlit screen, etc.
- Good battery life. Talk time and standby time is great.
- Keyboard is good. Easy to use with your thumbs to tap out messages. WAY better than using a stylus and handwriting recognition on a palm.

Con's:
- WAP / WML / Mmode SUCKS. Content is poor at best. AT & T's hype over Mmode is misleading at best. If you have ever seen the internet on a computer, you will NOT be happy with Mmode on the blackberry. An alternative to Mmode is reqwireless's browser (www.reqwireless.com). It is a full featured html browser (NOT wap) and works fairly well for the blackberry... well worth the 20$ price. It works over the AT&T proxy, and you can view regular webpages on the cramped blackberry screen. Long and short - DO NOT BUY THE BLACKBERRY FOR WEB BROWSING.
- Phone. Fairly poor reception, lots of background noise, etc. While you can use the headset, this model blackberry can actually be held to the ear like a regular phone. The problem is, it is fairly hard to get the speaker centered over your ear. Trial and error is best. Since switching from my nokia to the blackberry, I have many more of the 'can you hear me now' experiences... This phone is GSM. If you don't have GSM in your area - forget it.
- Email. Well, it works fine for text. However without the BES (the blackberry enterprise software for exchange server), you cannot view attachments, etc. That is a real disappointment. There is another reqwireless product that replaces the email support with a real pop client, however I have not purchased that yet so cannot review it.
- Software. There is little to no software for the blackberry that will run without the BES software on an exchange server. Be sure that if you decide to buy third party software for the 7210 blackberry you read the fine print of the software for the system requirements... if it calls for BES, you will need exchange server and the BES package. That ='s $$$$. Fine for corporations, bad for regular folks.
- It is fairly bulky - not too bad, but bigger than any cellphone. It'd be nice if the device hinged in the middle, like the motorola two way pagers. I can live with it, but most users probably wouldn't like it.
- What looks like an IR (infrared) output on the top of the device - isn't. It is just 'decoration' according to AT & T tech support. So don't try to sync with IR, beam stuff back and forth between Blackberry's, etc.
- I have not figured out a way to use the device as a 'modem' for my notebook. You would think it'd be an easy thing to have it function as a modem over the usb cable used for docking. No such luck.
- No instruction book in the box. That was just poor. While I don't feel like I HAD to have the manual to get it going, it'd be nice to have a reference book for some questions. Google is your friend with this device. Oh, but AT & T provides a manual the size of a phone book for Mmode. Yay... a manual for a service I hate.

Overall:
I like it ok. I am a fairly tech-savvy person, so it appeals to me. I feel a regular user would be ok with the device, but would need some regular support from a technical/engineering type. I have been using the device for approximately 3 weeks and haven't had it fail yet. I am getting ready to deploy 5 more devices to our sales team at work. I predict that I will have to do a LOT of hand holding with this device. I haven't had the opportunity to try out the Treo 600, however what I have seen of it in stores and it's software package (palm os - fairly bulletproof and tested), I'd imagine that the Treo would be a better alternative for regular home and soho users. However, for it's size, the blackberry is smaller than the treo or the tungsten. I personally don't want to have a phone the size of a brick. Blackberry is too big. The Treo IS too big. To eachhis/her own.

Try it for the 30 day trial period AT & T allows. If you have any reservations after the first 20 days or so - TAKE IT BACK. This device isn't for everyone. ... Read more


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