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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:10 PM
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Does anyone have any personal experience with a 'Blackberry'?
I was out of touch with my on-line friends, my personal support group.

I took my lap-top traveling with me. I did everything that I could to be 'on-line'.

Now - I'm ready to try something new. One or two DUers suggested a 'Blackberry'.

Will that help me to stay connected?
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:12 PM
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1. I think WilliamPitt has one
He once posted that he did, and seemed very pleased with it.

Couldn't hurt to PM him if he doesn't see this thread.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:18 PM
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4. I don't believe that Will is in the Lounge often enough to see this thread
It is good to hear that someone we know has one and likes it ... before I plunk down a chunk of change.

My cell phone lights up to let me know if I i have an incoming call and I do text message quite a bit.

I think the Blackberry may be a bit more user friendly.

I'll be taking several train trips this winter and I'm trying to downsize the weight I'll need to carry with me.
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:12 PM
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2. If having email constantly at your fingertips doesn't keep you connected
nothing will. :-)
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:20 PM
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5. I have my own .com so I can restrict my emails.
It shouldn't become unmanageable.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:24 PM
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7. My BIL has one to stay connected to his work....
He uses it all the time.....

Says it is pretty easy....

I don't know though.....
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:38 PM
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10. It's sounding better all the time.
I'm sure I'll feel like going shopping for a Blackberry soon. That should take 20 pounds off of my travel load!

Thanks Chris
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:38 PM
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11. You should look on line....
Or in Ohio where the sales tax is lower than in NY
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:13 PM
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3. Yes, blackberry's are little computers that will help you stay
connected. But you have to be sure to keep your reading glasses with you at all times and your fingers must be nimble!



:hug: :loveya:

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:28 PM
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8. I always have my reading glasses and a spare pair ...
I hate asking people to read menus to me.

I wear bifocals which are giving me fits when I try to look down and walk at the same time. But - I don't expect to be walking and using my computer at the same time. Are they all pretty much the same or do they have a variety of bells and whistles. I often wind up with technology that is beyond what I really need.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:43 PM
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12. Like anything else, they load 'em up with stuff you might not ever
use. This one is the photo blackberry, I guess it takes photos. They also are cell phones - all in one gadgets (don't know about mp3s, but probably!).



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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:53 PM
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13. I'm learning new things all of the time...
who say's you can't teach an old dog new tricks ... the cell phone size is going to put me back with the same problem that I'm having with my cell phone which can access the web for an extra $7.00 per month. I think the small screen would drive me nuts if I was checking my PMs.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:23 PM
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16. You don't need the small screen -
The first one I sent you might be better for you.
It's the cost that I resent. Their charges don't seem fair to me.
:freak:

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:06 PM
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17. supply and demand
:shrug: If you build something that corners the market then you can get top dollar until the competition catches up.


Now my house mate is looking to get her hands on my lap-top if I'm not going to be needing it ... and it cost 3 times what the Blackberry will cost me.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:27 PM
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29. When pricing, be sure you find out the costs for sending and
receiving messages (including any extra charges for attachments - images, etc.).

They make it all seem so wonderful, but the monthly costs are often more than a monthly internet bill.

I personally would prefer a lap top over the blackberry. I like the regular size key boards (actually, I prefer natural keyboards and track balls) and the screen.

:hi:

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no name no slogan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:21 PM
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6. They don't call them "Crackberries" for nothing
We have them at work. They are very addictive, and once you have one it's pretty hard to put it down.

I refused to carry one just because I don't want to be that available after hours. I already have a cellphone that's on 24/7 and that's available enough.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:35 PM
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9. I am hearing impaired = damn near deaf in crowds.
so my cell phone isn't good enough ...Several times this past weekend I didn't know it was ringing until someone else pointed it out.

I won't be bothered by anyone without a dictated email address. It shouldn't become a problem.

Crackberrie :rofl:
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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:19 PM
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14. The company my husband works for
issued Blackberrys to all their drivers. They can use them as a phone, a walkie/talkie, as a pda, they can get email, dispatch can dump maps to them, send them invoices, pick up instructions, etc. They've really helped make the drivers more efficient with an unexpected savings in fuel to top it off.

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:26 PM
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22. This thread was my first information gathering attempt on new equipment.
I believe that anyone with personal experience can offer both good and bad points that I won't hear about from a salesperson. I'll be doing my shopping next week with a better idea about what to look for.

Thanks, China_cat
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 05:21 PM
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15. I would go to an office supply store or some other store
where you can try it out. Anything that has that small of a form factor, you need to make sure you can use it before you buy it.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:18 PM
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20. I believe I'll do that sometime next week.
When I'm fully recovered and my brain is back to working for more than 15 minutes at time.

Thanks, crispini
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KatyaR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 07:51 PM
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18. I'll put my two cents in, for what it's worth.
If you want to synch to Microsoft Outlook, you may have problems. My boss has one, and the last software update has screwed up both his calendar and contact lists. He is not the only one on campus having this problem (we are in a university setting). According to my IT guys, Blackberry's calendar operation cannot be trusted.

However, if you want it mainly for email, it would probably be just fine.

Me, if I were getting something like this, I would go with a Palm Treo, mainly because you have the capability to use other programs, music, etc., where you can't with the Blackberry.

Connectivity's a great thing--I say go for it!
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:07 PM
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19. Wait a minute - the Blackberry has competition that's better?
I joined the cyber world 3 years ago, most of all of this is new to me. I've never heard of a Palm Treo.

I'm looking for something - slightly larger than a cell phone to send and receive emails or instant messages. I hadn't thought about using it for other purposes.

There is an Office Max about 15 miles from my home so now I know there are other options for me to look into.

Thanks for your two cents, fifthgendem.
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sbj405 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 07:34 AM
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31. I have a Treo for work
Email, web, phone, camera, etc. I like it. It's little bigger than a cell phone, but does so much more. Get one before they switch the Microsoft OS.
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KatyaR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 11:47 AM
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33. I'm slightly prejudiced, I guess.
I've been using a Palm for six years and am NEVER without it. Seriously, I carry it around the house--it's really kinda obsessive. I have everything on it from recipes to music to ebooks and audiobooks, spreadsheets, work info, shopping lists, phone numbers and addresses, everything. It's like having my whole life in my hands at all times.

I'm not really sold on the idea of having a cell phone/PDA combo because I don't use a cell phone much, but for many people, they absolutely love having them combined in one unit.

Here are some links for you to look at:

http://www.palm.com/us/products/smartphones/treo650 /
http://web.palm.com /
http://mytreo.net /
http://discussion.brighthand.com/palmhandhelds /

You might also explore PalmGear to see the types of program available for Palms--there are hundreds of thousands (and the best part is, you can buy them on the internet and usually have immediate access):

http://palmgear.com /

If I can answer any questions for you, just PM me.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:21 PM
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21. IT WAS THE ONLY WAY TO COMMUNICATE AFTER HURRICANE CHARLIE!!!
Ok, maybe there were some others, but every mobile that I dialed to Punta Gorda was down, the land lines were down too, email to ComCast down as well, but my mother communicated with a friend via a Blackberry and the friend told her it was the only outside communications that he had!
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:32 PM
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23. Well hell! That is a recommendation that I haven't heard before!
My travels will be far less stressful for everyone if I am able to stay in-touch with home. I know that I'm okay - I just have to reassure my house mates of that fact on a regular basis.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 08:59 PM
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24. They should have that story on their ads. Period.
I don't know why they haven't yet either.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:03 PM
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25. I can understand why they may hold off on publicizing that.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:10 PM
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26. Why?
Seriously?

Disaster strikes and the only way to tell your loved ones that you're safe is <insert device here>.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:14 PM
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27. What if it doesn't work and some one's life is lost?
People might feel like Blackberry would be cashing-in on the fear factor and they could lose good public relations.
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JanMichael Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:21 PM
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28. Disclaimer like ever product has.
It's like when ads talk about quick responses by insurance companies I guess. Always a disclaimer though.
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alarcojon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 06:34 AM
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30. I like mine
Though it IS expensive. My favorite feature is e-mail, though I also like the calendar (don't know about synching issues - I use it stand alone).

Last night my home computer was down, so I got my DU fix on the BlackBerry. Much slower, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

BTW I have the one in post # 12 and mine does not take photos.

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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 09:21 AM
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34. I know what you mean about needing an alternative way to log-on.
The computer that I use the most is on a cable connection. The service will go out at times and that is when I turn on my lap-top which I bought with a dial-up modem. Now - the BlackBerry will be my next generation computer advancement. I rarely check my calender so that won't become an issue.

Thanks for sharing your BlackBerry experiences with me. :thumbsup:
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 07:53 AM
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32. Be careful, they can be addictive
My wife had one for work, and she ended up taking it EVERYWHERE. I even called it her little tail because it followed her where ever she went.

Her company did business all over the world, so with the time zone differences between Europe, the US, China & India, she was getting mail 24/7 for business purposes and she ended up feeling almost obligated to respond. But, even then, when she left the company in August, she still had over 2,000 unread emails.



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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 09:28 AM
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35. I'm sure that it will be addictive!
Luckily for me - I won't need to answer business emails for anyone else's company.

Only my closest friends will have the email address that I'll use for my BlackBerry and I'll block everything else.

Thanks Jeff - I hope your wife has found an enjoyable replacement for her 24/7 BlackBerry addiction.
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DelawareValleyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 09:33 AM
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37. Hence the term 'Crackberry'
The big shots where I work all have them, and yes, they swear by them.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-03-05 09:28 AM
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36. Talk to Liberalnurse - she had one in DC
And in fact we looked at DU at breakfast from it.

Not sure if it was a blackberry or something with amazing internet capabilities. But she can give you the scoop!
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