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I am looking for the cheapest Blackberry that has a qwerty keyboard and is capable of e-mail function.
Pretty hard for me (an American) to think how non-American might interpret something as prosaic as a PDA. I did check out the flash product demos on blackberry.com, pretty neat.
Not sure why someone would describe it as Americanized, especially when the company that makes them (RIM) is Canadian and doesn't even have an office in the US (but they do have one in the UK)...
We do speak Approximately the same language!
By the way - they are extremely popular here in Canada and most of my business associates have them, they have almost become a corporate standard here. Yesterday it was having a company laptop - today it is a company Blackberry.
The biggest drawback is the signal strength. Whenever I have a meeting inside a halfway well-built Manhattan office building or hotel I find I have to be somewhere near a window to send or receive.
It suits my purposes for now, maybe in the next year or two when I feel I've gotten my investment back from this I'll investigate other PDAs.
The web browser is clumsy.
I wish the thing had a stylus option, like a PDA. You have to click click click to get anything done.
A couple of years ago they were known informally as "crackberries," dut to their addictiveness to the early adopters, but nobody says that anymore.
Currently I have a Nokia 6820 and that does not have the bleep for e-mails (as far as I know).
T-mobile. I didn't want the phone service and it was the only one at the time that offered data only in my area.
Though poor reception is not at all limited to that service. Used scanner-enabled BBs for one trade show and updates we sent to units weren't downloaded unless exhibitors happened to walk out of the hotel expo area. That was a different provider, Verizon if I correctly remember, so seems like big-city, big-building reception problem affects the technology itself.
Yeah - the "push" is the "key" to BlackBerry.
What don't you like about this feature?
Because Im dependent on the server. With the pop3 and snapper on my Treo, I can retrieve 10+ accounts as well when Im travelling and I dont have to worry about equipment failure. I set it to auto retrieve as frequently as every 5 minutes, or I can manually check with the push of a button.
I havent checked lately, so maybe RIM has or is adding pop3 capability. That would be good.