Blackberry

  1. Has anyone tried the Blackberry with the new Skyscape programs they have now? What about the Blackberry's in general as phones, etc?

    I have a Palm T/X and love it to death, but am thinking about getting a Blackberry as well (yes, I am a junky what can I say?).

    Input?
    Last edit by marilynmom on Oct 29, '07
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   justme1972
    I personally, wouldn't tie in a smartphone with my programs and I'll tell you why:

    My PDA, anywhere there is wi-fi access, I don't have to pay for it.

    With a Blackberry, you'll be paying a premium for wi-fi access, and about the average cost for unlimited data is about $40 per month on TOP of your normal phone usage. I don't pay anything to check my e-mail, surf the web, etc.

    Also, if you can't get a phone signal (which is getting harder and harder in hospitals), your wi-fi doesn't work...not true with a Palm...if there is wi-fi access, you are always connected, and it's always working in a hospital or most schools.

    To me, that is a waste of money, plus you are pretty much stuck with what your carrier allows you to have, but with Palm, you can shop around.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Good points Hopeful! I do have a smartphone: Treo 700p with Verizon. However, for me, it is a matter of carryig too many devices: I have a pager, a phone/PDA and other "stuff" in my pockers of my lab coat. I do not use the wi-fi on my PDA. I've just not found it important to check my email at work or surf the net at work. I have plenty of computers I can access if I need more info.
  5. by   marilynmom
    Good points Hopeful. That actually makes a lot of sense and you brought up a few things I didn't realize (wifi and reception, paying more). Thanks.
  6. by   Bstod16
    Well.....

    I have a blackberry 8830 World Edition. I got it because I thought it would be easier to have one device rather than several.

    HATE IT!

    I have downloaded a VR+ program to record my lectures. Well....it only lets you record about 50 minutes of lecture before you get an error message and nobody seems to be able to fix it for me, eveen the company that produced the VR+ program.

    I have downloaded one book from skyscape and it loaded (with many instant chats from a fine fellow from another country), but at least it works now. I got a free book for ordering the first....oops sorry not enough memory. Turns out with Blackberry you can't load programs onto the memory card ( another cost), so it apears you can only load about two programs/books on the foolish thing. The only good thing the extra memory card does is hold pictures (no camera), videos, and mp3.

    It costs an extra $45 per month on top of your phone bil for data usage of which you HAVE to have, no exceptions!

    So I got this really cool smart phone and it does not do "ALL THE GREAT THINGS AN ALL IN ONE IS SUPPOSED TO DO".

    I am bout to sell it on ebay, buy a plain old phone, an ipod to tape lectures, and a palm.

    What i did not know is that you could go online with a palm if in wifi....THANKS FOR THE TIP.

    PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE ME ADVICE ON WHAT PALM TO BUY!

    THANKS FOR LETTING ME VENT.

    BETH
  7. by   HM2VikingRN
    I would go with the TX.
  8. by   JailRN
    I have a blackberry from T-mobile that I LOVE!!! I get reception where no other carrier goes, in the elevator, underground parking structure, the county border where the paramedics tell me THEIR reception is poor.

    Of course, I pay dearly for it....about $150/month, unlimited text messaging, 5,000 minutes, internet access. But, there's no camera phone on it, which is great because I can take into the courthouse without worry, (no cameras allowed)

    My hubby had a palm pilot from e-pocrasties with their medical software on it--he loved it, but after he died, #1 son claimed the device. I have been in touch with the company and they tell me that they will have blackberry capabilities sometime in the winter.

    And I can't access allnurses from it
  9. by   CPCali
    I am on my 3rd BB. I have the Curve now and wouldn't trade it for anything. It has wi fi, which I like.
  10. by   Bstod16
    SoCalGem - can you email me off list. I have a lot of individualized questions and I think, with your experience, you can help me. Thanks Beth
    Last edit by Tweety on Nov 19, '07 : Reason: email removed per Terms of Service, please use private messaging system
  11. by   chescat58, RNC-NIC
    I was told at the AT & T store that blackberries are mostly for people who need instant email access. All our adminstrators and managers have them. Our hospital is wired for cingular and one other phone service reception.
  12. by   moncj66
    Is it better to get a blackberry or a palm T/X? does the palm T/X have phone capabilities?

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