The following is a list of things you might want to know before you purchase your next BlackBerry™ smartphone. There is still more,but basically these are things you should check out before you pay for your new/next BlackBerry™ .
Which carrier should I choose?
This will ultimately drive most of the decisions around “price” of the device and rates (voice and/or data). If you have an existing cell phone already and you have a SIM card that you might want to use in your new blackberry,you might want to check their rates and compare it with other service providers,that way you know what plan exactly fits you and your business.
Which BlackBerry do I need?
Do you like a full QWERTY keyboard (like the 9900 *Bold 5*) or a device that is smaller and has more than one “letter” per key (like the pearl)? This is mostly a personal preference.
But IMO getting used to the qwerty makes things a lil bit easier,though I’ve seen people type freaking faster with their ‘muti-letter’ keypads *abcd keypad* :p
You might be a person who deals with pictures and videos,so you have to look out for a BlackBerry™ that has good camera quality,enough space for your videos and music too. Most blackberries have memory card slots too,so find out which can carry what.
(don’t expect your 8520 *curve 2* to house your 16GB memory card), We all hate the clock now don’t we???
#4 Colour,Texture and Weight
I think there’s a BlackBerry™ to fit everybody now?! Whether you are a farmer who has to tell his fertiliser supplier that he’s running out,or an MD who just has to keep sending mails and edit documents on-the-go or an idle teenager who just wants to keeps sending pictures and voice notes? there’s a BlackBerry™ device that fits you.
ASK FATHOMBERRY 😉
#5 U.I (User Interface)
What does this mean?
Someone like my mom (of blessed memory) won’t like anything complex,an 8520 is good enough for her,well I guess its cos she won’t even want to know the other functions of the phone,but hey! Someone like me will want to know if there’s a WordPress™ app on my new phone.:D
Most BlackBerry™ phones have the same functionality but some are different. Some have a dedicated BBM™ button while others don’t,some have touch screens others are just like any regular BlackBerry™ .find out what you can work or play with and is easy for you to use.
#6 2G/3G/4G Networks
This is the frequency band on which your BlackBerry™ device connects to the internet.
We all should know by now what 2G – EDGE and 3G means,if you don’t or you just want to know more…ASK FATHOMBERRY
Some BlackBerry™ phones don’t support the 3G band,so if you are looking for a device that connects pretty fast and has a
Good processing speed you should go for a 3G or even a 4G BlackBerry™ (if your carrier supports it) or……ASK FATHOMBERRY
#7 Games & Applications
You might want to know what phone has what app.
A very good example is the radio. Very few BlackBerry™ phones have a radio pre-installed in them,if you are the kind of person who enjoys listening to your local radio stations you might want to go for a particular BlackBerry™ .
There are other important apps too that are particular to a BlackBerry™ ,it all depends on what you want.
Will it work where I live, work and play?
Every carrier has “holes” in their network. Either they have too many customers or they don’t even have at all.smh. The key is to find the one that works best for you- where you go everyday. You could ask your friends and co-workers,or you could simply ASK FATHOMBERRY! 😉
Is it safe? Can anyone get my info or emails?
A BlackBerry™ is the most secure wireless device available. It is above “triple DES” encryption and is the device chosen by the FBI, Secret Service and The White House- if it is good enough for them it is certainly secure enough for you.
The BlackBerry Protect™ has been proven to be 1 of the best ways to secure your device.
Here is what it can do: http://us.blackberry.com/apps/blackberry-apps/protect.html
#10 GPS (Global Positioning System)
What does this do for me and how can I use it?
GPS refers to 24 satellites circling the globe all the time. Each GPS satellite transmits data that indicates its location and the current time. All GPS satellites synchronize operations so that these repeating signals are transmitted at the same instant. The signals, moving at the speed of light, arrive at a GPS receiver (your BlackBerry™ in this case) at slightly different times because some satellites are further away than others. The distance to the GPS satellites can be determined by estimating the amount of time it takes for their signals to reach the receiver. When the receiver estimates the distance to at least four GPS satellites, it can calculate its position in three dimensions. WOW – in real people terms – it can tell you where you are… and by doing so it can give you directions to where you want to go. This only works with certain BlackBerry™ devices at this time and yes BlackBerry Protect™ uses GPS to locate your phone when its lost.
And if you’re someone who always likes using the map,GPS is very important.
#11 International Use *Carrier*
Can I use my BlackBerry™ when I travel overseas?
International roaming is available from select carriers. Most carriers offer the ability for you to use your BlackBerry™ not just for voice (cell service) but also for email and other data services in other countries. Just walk into your carriers office and ask for roaming rates or you can just ASK FATHOMBERRY.
Other things may include memory size, Wi-fi support, OS, battery life etc.
More to come ……FB
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