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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 2009-08-11, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Blackberry Tour vs Bold

Hey DH,

I was thinking of purchasing a Blackberry Tour with Telus but is it more worthwhile than the Bold? Does anybody have any advice to offer on this matter?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 2009-08-11, 10:34 AM
 
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Good review on Crackberry.....

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 2009-08-11, 08:53 PM
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why?

in a short little while , you will be able to use the bold on what ever carrier you intended to, and telus umts as wel, so its a win-win situation, where as the toor can only work with bellus.
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I think you'd have to be nuts to buy a CDMA phone now...both Telus and Bell have a modern HSPA network in the final stages of readiness coast-to-coast.
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You are still safe to get the phone. They won't lock you in for three years on a phone if it won't work in two months.
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Didn't mean to infer it wouldn't work for the forseeable future, even if only in Saskatchewan and points within driving distance to it.
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So when Telus and Bell switch their network over in the next year or whatever, all their customers with CDMA phones will be SOL? Is that what you are saying or just poking fun at Saskatchewan?

To answer the OP, Crackberry is the best place to do research with user inputs on Blackberry phones.
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Telus/Bell are NOT getting rid of their CDMA network...and they are NOT going GSM...they will just support HSPA devices. There will be no GPRS/EDGE, when in fringe areas the HSPA phones if capable will default to 1xRTT/EVDO/whatever the equivalent of GPRS is, etc. All of their customers who still have CDMA phones will still be fully supported, no one HAS to "upgrade to HSPA" if they don't want to. Saskatchewan is iffy...If you don't go to rural areas I'd stick with Rogers as I don't know what Sasktel has in the works in terms of network upgrades.

The Tour is not HSPA capable within North American frequencies(2100MHz) so unless your moving to Japan in the near future for example, I'd go with the Bold.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 2009-08-12, 06:45 PM
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I'd go with the Bold. I like the flexiblity of using SIM Cards.

But if you plan to do international travel with your phone, there really isn't much difference. except for the Bold having Wifi.

If you are connected via Wifi, you do not need to pay data roaming charges.
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they are not decommissioning their cdma 1xrtt evo network, they are merely just doing a umts/wcdma network with hspa support. which is 3.5G technology.
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So when Telus and Bell switch their network over in the next year or whatever, all their customers with CDMA phones will be SOL? Is that what you are saying or just poking fun at Saskatchewan?

To answer the OP, Crackberry is the best place to do research with user inputs on Blackberry phones.
No, I'm saying that CDMA will continue to work, but only in North America (i.e. within driving distance of SK).

And yes, I know it works in a couple of others countries, too. And for the record, SK is a great place. Go Green Riders!
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The Blackberry Tour supports HSPA, on top of that, no CDMA device will stop working because of the HSPA overlay on the Telus or Bell network.

Personally, I'm waiting on upgrading my device until I see the lineup of devices that will be launched. There are some really nice Smartphones out there I want to see.

As for the Tour versus the Bold? I don't know why anyone would take the Bold over the Tour. More memory on the Tour, higher screen resolution, and (this is subjective) I much prefer the form factor of the Tour. It's essentially a Curve/Bold hybrid with better memory and screen resolution. About the only thing 'better' about the Bold would come in form factor (how it feels in your hand and how it looks), and if that's all you care about in a smartphone, well, that's why iPhone sells so well.
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The tour does not support North American HSPA frequencies (and as far as I know, this includes Bell/Telus HSPA when it launches).
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 2009-08-17, 12:11 PM
 
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also, Bell has some instance of the Bold 9000 and possible Bold2(9700) showing up in their systems. no definite answer on how far away a launch of either of these phones may be.
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