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Old 05-05-2007, 07:25 AM
Peelah Ben Arhna
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Default Blackberry v Other Mobile/PDAs

Reading the paper today I came across and advert for a Blackberry PDA
Phone. Now, this piqued my interest given that I'm considering something
along these lines to replace my aging Palm Zire.

Now, while the BB won't really suit me unless it has a NextG phone
capability, what surprised me, when I started looking at them on Ebay is
how cheap they are compared to say, the JasJam and Palm Treo.

The above phone/pdas are selling around the $1,000 mark. The BBs are
under $200, with quite a few under $100.

Why the large disparity? Are BBs cheap and nasty bits of gear, although
I've read that they're hugely popular. Why would you spend 10x the
amount on a JasJam when a BB would do the job?

What am I missing here?


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Old 05-06-2007, 09:46 AM
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Default Re: Blackberry v Other Mobile/PDAs

On Sat, 05 May 2007 17:25:04 +1000, Peelah Ben Arhna
<benarhna@yahoo.com.au> wrote:

>Why the large disparity? Are BBs cheap and nasty bits of gear, although
>I've read that they're hugely popular.


Dunno, sounds strange.

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Old 05-06-2007, 09:59 AM
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Default Re: Blackberry v Other Mobile/PDAs

On May 5, 5:25 pm, Peelah Ben Arhna <benar...@yahoo.com.au> wrote:
> Reading the paper today I came across and advert for a Blackberry PDA
> Phone. Now, this piqued my interest given that I'm considering something
> along these lines to replace my aging Palm Zire.
>
> Now, while the BB won't really suit me unless it has a NextG phone


The BB is NOT compatible with Next G (GSM/EDGE only).

> capability, what surprised me, when I started looking at them on Ebay is
> how cheap they are compared to say, the JasJam and Palm Treo.


Next G (850 MHz band) available for Treo and JJ.
>
>




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Old 05-06-2007, 11:55 PM
Peelah Ben Arhna
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Default Re: Blackberry v Other Mobile/PDAs

pedanticky said....

>> Now, while the BB won't really suit me unless it has a NextG phone

>
> The BB is NOT compatible with Next G (GSM/EDGE only).


As I stated above.

>> capability, what surprised me, when I started looking at them on Ebay
>> is how cheap they are compared to say, the JasJam and Palm Treo.

>
> Next G (850 MHz band) available for Treo and JJ.


Yes, as I said above.



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Old 05-24-2007, 01:24 AM
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Default Re: Blackberry v Other Mobile/PDAs

One possible difference between the blackberry and the Jas to be aware of is
that you can run a wide range of additional applications/customisation on
the Jas etc.

Blackberry "PDA" may give just the installed apps with no ability to
install others.

The blackberry price may be subsidised by exhorbitant network/data fees.

"Peelah Ben Arhna" <benarhna@yahoo.com.au> wrote in message
news:463c3151.00004e19.bm001@yahoo.com.au...
> Reading the paper today I came across and advert for a Blackberry PDA
> Phone. Now, this piqued my interest given that I'm considering something
> along these lines to replace my aging Palm Zire.
>
> Now, while the BB won't really suit me unless it has a NextG phone
> capability, what surprised me, when I started looking at them on Ebay is
> how cheap they are compared to say, the JasJam and Palm Treo.
>
> The above phone/pdas are selling around the $1,000 mark. The BBs are
> under $200, with quite a few under $100.
>
> Why the large disparity? Are BBs cheap and nasty bits of gear, although
> I've read that they're hugely popular. Why would you spend 10x the
> amount on a JasJam when a BB would do the job?
>
> What am I missing here?
>




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Old 05-24-2007, 07:02 AM
Peter
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Default Re: Blackberry v Other Mobile/PDAs


> One possible difference between the blackberry and the Jas to be aware
> of is that you can run a wide range of additional
> applications/customisation on the Jas etc.
>
> Blackberry "PDA" may give just the installed apps with no ability to
> install others.
>
> The blackberry price may be subsidised by exhorbitant network/data
> fees.
>



I agree. Data costs are crazy.
Plus Palm software is expensive, Pocket PC is the way to go.

:-P

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Old 05-24-2007, 07:11 AM
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On Thu, 24 May 2007 01:24:33 GMT, "alxr" <a.a@c.d> wrote:

>One possible difference between the blackberry and the Jas to be aware of is
>that you can run a wide range of additional applications/customisation on
>the Jas etc.
>
>Blackberry "PDA" may give just the installed apps with no ability to
>install others.
>
>The blackberry price may be subsidised by exhorbitant network/data fees.
>


Blackberry's are roughly the same price as better phones. You can
download different software on to them. There a number of models, none
in Aus are 3G, so no video calls yet.

IMHO, they are very bug free compared to Windows based PDAs. Depends
on what you need.

A Blackberry really shines if you have a BES server (exhange and
anoteh machine). It syncs all the data you see in Outlook.

>"Peelah Ben Arhna" <benarhna@yahoo.com.au> wrote in message
>news:463c3151.00004e19.bm001@yahoo.com.au...
>> Reading the paper today I came across and advert for a Blackberry PDA
>> Phone. Now, this piqued my interest given that I'm considering something
>> along these lines to replace my aging Palm Zire.
>>
>> Now, while the BB won't really suit me unless it has a NextG phone
>> capability, what surprised me, when I started looking at them on Ebay is
>> how cheap they are compared to say, the JasJam and Palm Treo.
>>
>> The above phone/pdas are selling around the $1,000 mark. The BBs are
>> under $200, with quite a few under $100.
>>
>> Why the large disparity? Are BBs cheap and nasty bits of gear, although
>> I've read that they're hugely popular. Why would you spend 10x the
>> amount on a JasJam when a BB would do the job?
>>
>> What am I missing here?
>>

>


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