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New Phone - Blackberry Pearl (8130)

Me at the Getty
Working as a Nokia sales rep for several years really spoiled me on mobile phones. Back then, I used whatever the latest product was for my account. Even when I was on a "slow" account, that meant a new handset at least every six months.

Before I started that job, 1-year contracts were the standard, so I don't think I ever kept a phone for longer than about a year. Well, I've had my current model (a Motorola RAZR V3c) for two years now. Some have had their complaints with this phone, but I've enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the battery no longer holds a charge, the software freezes up a lot lately, and some of the buttons have started to come apart.

The good news is that my 2-year contract with Verizon Wireless just ran out, so I qualify for "new customer pricing" on a phone if I renew. Add in VZW's New Every Two promotion, and I pay $50 less than new customer pricing. I've considered switching to other carriers (especially after this incident), but most of the people I call regularly use VZW, so the "IN Network" calling is a huge benefit (nearly 1,000 minutes a month, actually!).

I had long wanted a SmartPhone (PDA). The ability to sync up my calendar, contacts, and more with my phone has always been appealing, but I never wanted to carry a large device. I figured maybe I'd get something in between a phone and a SmartPhone... a phone with a full QWERTY keyboard to at least make messaging easier. Then, I saw that the BlackBerry Pearl is actually SMALLER than the RAZR (0.3 in taller x 0.13 in narrower x 0.05 in thinner = 0.36 in³ less volume), and it caught my attention. Even with the steps VZW takes to disable some advanced features, the phone is pretty stinkin' cool!

So, to make an already-too-long story a little shorter, I ordered it yesterday, and I should have it by Thursday. With the above-mentioned discounts, plus VZW's Advanced Device Credit, and a $50 Mail-In-Rebate, the total cost of the phone is going to be about $100. My monthly service plan will go up about $25 though... oh well, I think I can afford it. Maybe I can make a case that I should expense it if I check my work e-mail on the phone?

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countlibras
Nov. 27th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
my co-worker has that phone (though T-mobile) and he loves it to bits and bits. that's really saying something since the last three phone purchases were eventually declared unacceptable and he kept going back to his old Samsung
ericjay
Nov. 27th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
That's great to hear. I've read a LOT of great reviews of this phone. The Verizon version has some neat updates over the T-Mobile version... so hopefully that will make up for the features that Verizon insists on crippling. I'm wicked excited!
mollyknight
Nov. 27th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
i've never had a problem getting to my verizon wireless account on firefox!
ericjay
Nov. 27th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're luckier than I am. I've tried at home (Firefox 3.x / Mac OS X 10.4) and here at work (Firefox 2.0.0 / Windows XP), and get the same thing every time. When I bring up IE here at work, I have no trouble. =(
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