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Windows 7: Which to choose - Blackberry or iPhone

02 Nov 2011   #1
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 
Which to choose - Blackberry or iPhone

I'm a bit of a luddite where mobile phones are concerned and my grandsons have finally convinced me I should join the 21st century and get myself a decent mobile - I believe in the US you call it a cell phone.

It's getting near Christmas and I was born on Boxing Day, so I'm going to treat myself.

I really am undecided whether to get a Blackberry or the iPhone 4 and I'd really appreciate some advice from those of you who use either or even both.

I think I'd rather buy the device outright rather than go for a pre-paid plan, but again, any advice on that score would be very helpful.
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02 Nov 2011   #2
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The iPhone is easier to use while the blackberry has a bit more functionality. Of course there are varying models for each but the comparison remains the same like for like, If you already use itunes for music/pic/video collections then it would probably be easier to go with an iPhone.
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02 Nov 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

As a matter of fact, I do use use iTunes and get on well with it.

If I do go for the iPhone, is it best to buy it SIM-free or go for a pre-paid package?
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02 Nov 2011   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Blackberries are great for business people who need great email application support. The iPhone is great for just about everybody else. If my choice was down to an iPhone or a Blackberry, I would take the iPhone without question.
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02 Nov 2011   #5
pinto

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I've had both and went back to the BB.. but only because of business. I'm not an ipod guy either so it makes little difference to me about carrying music. I'd say as u are using itunes already, go with the iphone.
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02 Nov 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

My grandson has a Blackberry for work, which over the next few years will involve extensive worldwide travel, so my thinking was that a Blackberry would be easier to keep in touch with him.

However, from what I hear the iPhone is more versatile in terms of Apps to use with it, so I'm really undecided at the moment.
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02 Nov 2011   #7
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

IPhone.
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02 Nov 2011   #8
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sub Styler View Post
The iPhone is easier to use while the blackberry has a bit more functionality. Of course there are varying models for each but the comparison remains the same like for like, If you already use itunes for music/pic/video collections then it would probably be easier to go with an iPhone.
The BlackBerry has more functionality? I would have to question that....the iPhone is an incredibly versatile device....there's a reason the phrase "there's an app for that" has entered the lexicon, after all.
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02 Nov 2011   #9
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
IPhone.
Can't get any more decisive than that!
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02 Nov 2011   #10
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's true that the blackberry has an indigenous messaging service that uses the wireless internet as a kind of MSN messenger service, however even people who subscribe to the blackberry "bolt-on" service with their carrier have difficulty getting the service enabled (specifically o2). It may also not have functionality in that many countries, it really depends on where he is traveling and whether they have 2g/3g/4g coverage there although where it is covered will be free to use (standard data charges only).

Your choice for purchasing your phone is really down to you and how you want to use it.

  • Sim free - You pay full RRP for the phone and then have to get a sim card either sim-only contract or pre pay which you will then need to top-up or pay a bill for. Sim-only contracts often have more inclusive calls or texts and no minimum term.
  • Subsidised or Free with contract - You pay little or nothing for the phone, and pay a fixed amount each month +any hidden charges e.g. calls not included in your allowance. usual 12-18 month minimum term. Take the cost of the phone and compare it to the monthly charge multiplied by the minimum term, consider what you are getting included for the difference and remember to ask them to throw in a case, they will usuall do this if it means they make a sale.
  • Pre-Pay direct from specific carrier - They will have the phone locked + branded to their network for a slight reduction in handset cost, you will still need to buy credit for your phone as you use it.
Personally I dont make many calls or texts so I stick with Prepay as 1months bill will last me 2monhs in prepay credit. High users are often better with a monthly contract but note that international calls are not usually included.
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