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My Blackberry broke beyond repair. AT&T was heartless about it, blaming me for not buying the insurance rather than accepting blame for selling me a shoddy phone. Nonetheless, I am stuck with them, as I want a phone with the 3G service, and only the I-phone and the Blackberrry Bold are good choices. The Blackberry Storm does not get good reviews.

 

The short story is that I can have the Blackberry Bold tomorrow, but I have to wait until March for the I-Phone. That's because Apple doesn't allow early upgrades, which is what they call it when your phone breaks and you have to buy a new one before your regular upgrade period starts. There's also a $75 fee to pay. Merry Christmas from AT&T. The Bold also costs $50 bucks more than the I-phone.

 

So, I-phone owners, all I want is to make calls , get email, and browse quick questions on the internet. I don't need all of the other bells and whistles. Given that, should I wait for the I-phone?

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So your phone is DOA and you're wondering if you should wait 3+ months for a replacement? I'd say that's a no.

 

You could always get a cheap "just a phone" phone at BestBuy and limp on that if you really wanted to wait, but that doesn't seem productive. Then again you might find out that a cheap "just a phone" phone actually serves you well and think how much THAT will save you!

 

(Note that Daddy & Co. have several apps in the iPhone store. They'd be thrilled if you jumped aboard and bought those apps too.)

 

If you have an immediate need you're pretty much stuck with what's immediately available.

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I love my iPhone. Use it for email, phone and browsing (I commute on a train and read papers, magazines and blogs on the commute). The ipod (for the subway), camera and maps come in very handy, though I wasn't looking for them originally.

 

Here in New York, many people have them. Service is fine here and in the suburbs, but I don't spend much time in the exurbs, the country.

 

Hope that helps.

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I've spent the evening researching the I-phone and the Bold. Deej is right that I might be better off having the phone now as opposed to later. The Bold gets good reviews all around, so I guess I will go with that rather than wait. Besides, a friend offered to buy it for me for Christmas. Either that or an hour with an escort.

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If you live on the West Coast or visit there often, be warned 3G service is very spotty / erratic - they are still working on the network & towers at a very slow pace. Also not long ago in Palm Springs, I had the iphone out by the pool & it overheated in the sun within 30 minutes - a very sensitive computer chip. Folks says in this regard blackberry is more durable.

(solution to overheating - take it inside or somewhere cool, turn off for 30 minutes & it recovers).

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I hope you decided on the Bold. I doubt that you will be happy with the iphone. It has an amazing web experience but thats about it.

 

Whereas the Bold, which is also 3G, has the better email, MMS compatibility, voice dialing and a far better keyboard.

 

Personally, I would go on Ebay buy a cheap unlocked GSM device use it the few months you have left on your contract then switch to T-Mobile. Better rate plans and in February they will be releasing the new version of the Blackberry Curve called BB 8900. Its slightly smaller than the Bold but also slightly upgraded with a better resolution screen as one example. AND T-Mobile customer care actually seems to care :)

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Is there a particular reason why you're focusing on only a blackberry based device or an iphone? How about one of the AT&T available choices running Windows Mobile 6? I've been using one for a couple of years now and the model I have has been updated as the AT&T Tilt. Check out some of the reviews. Or they have some new stuff like the Quickfire or Samsung's Eternity. But if you go with a Windows Mobile based phone, there's just as much or more available in the way of customization and applications as there are with the iphone.

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RE: Bold

 

I did get the Blackberry Bold. As I mentioned before, it was available now. The reviews for the Blackberry Storm were not good, and T-Mobile doesn't match up to its competition, so there I am. So far, I like the Bold a lot.

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I disagree completely with the comments about the various Blackberrys and the iPhone. I tried them out extensively and the iPhone won, hands down. The Blackberrys were cumbersome to use, their network isn't nearly as good, and the graphics were a joke. And their keyboard is smaller. I can't see why anyone would want one of these unless they like living in 1998.

 

It's so "un-hip."

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