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What’s so great about BlackBerry phones?

Lots of people seem to have BlackBerry phones these days, but I always think they seem like business phones. What’s so great about them?

Most Useful Answer mrew42  Apr. 21, 2011 at 09:10

BBs are so much more than business phones.
I have one (for businsess use, go figure) and I find the keyboard simply excellent. I didn't think my fat fingers would be able to type anything reasonable with it but I do a pretty good job, especially when i'm on the trains on my daily commute to and from the big smoke. It's the Curve 8520 and has media player buttons on the top where the headphone socket (easy to find and mute, pause & skip tracks when its in my pocket) and makes a useful backup if I forget my iPod and my HTC is running low on juice (like - always).
I was off for a week and forgot to turn it off and (without charging) it still had just enough juice left on my return to work to view a couple of emails before it died. Pretty impressive for a smnart phone.
My neice has a9700 bold and lives on facebook, bb messenger (THIS is where its at for the kids) and SMS. And she uses it for music, takes some reasonable pics and videos.
The curve can be got from £120ish quid and is a pretty smart bit of kit.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 20, 2011 at 18:36

Number of reasons. Email is fast, secure, easy to set up. Blackberry's instant messenger is very popular because it is usually free. The BB Torch 9800 aside, Blackberrys usually have great to fantastic battery life. Good keyboard... And they are not all business - mediaplayer is quite good, too and the newer models have fairly decent cameras.
Another reason they are currently so popular is that in the past they were mostly contract only. Now more and more networks all over the world have them on prepay, and there have been many special offers in the run-up to xmas - with free internet etc... Well and business types like the securely encrypted mail etc...
Well, I'm sure there are more reasons.

mrew42  Apr. 21, 2011 at 09:10

BBs are so much more than business phones.
I have one (for businsess use, go figure) and I find the keyboard simply excellent. I didn't think my fat fingers would be able to type anything reasonable with it but I do a pretty good job, especially when i'm on the trains on my daily commute to and from the big smoke. It's the Curve 8520 and has media player buttons on the top where the headphone socket (easy to find and mute, pause & skip tracks when its in my pocket) and makes a useful backup if I forget my iPod and my HTC is running low on juice (like - always).
I was off for a week and forgot to turn it off and (without charging) it still had just enough juice left on my return to work to view a couple of emails before it died. Pretty impressive for a smnart phone.
My neice has a9700 bold and lives on facebook, bb messenger (THIS is where its at for the kids) and SMS. And she uses it for music, takes some reasonable pics and videos.
The curve can be got from £120ish quid and is a pretty smart bit of kit.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 21, 2011 at 09:26

Agree, the 8520 is a good budget messenger. Quite possibly the best. Imho...

maheshkumarg2  Apr. 22, 2011 at 14:27

how about 9300 and bold 9780?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 22, 2011 at 16:12

How about "how about"?
Mobot is not twitter. You can use all the words you need. ;)
Do you want to know if they are good, or are you pointing out that they are valid contenders?

golfing1  Apr. 22, 2011 at 18:50

no idea.they are basically just pagers that can ring people but schools up and down the country are full of them.

Cozworth806  Apr. 23, 2011 at 12:10

I (and Mrs J) have the Curve and are on a far lower monthly contract price than we used to have as BBM messaging is free. The 9300 is the same as the 8520 but with proper 3G (the 8520 only has wifi and GPRS) but its a very good phone and I only pay £10pm

Fasto  Apr. 23, 2011 at 15:23

The fact that RIM have people paying extra for the privilege of using the internet is terrible. The monthly cost of a Blackberry SIM is considerably more than a standard minutes, texts + data SIM because RIM are forcing people to route all traffic though their servers. Whilst BBM is great, and push email is handy, paying at least an extra fiver a month for the privilege of using them isn't.

And don't get me started on setting up a Blackberry with a non-Blackberry data enabled SIM. Such a hassle!

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