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New Toy

When I came back from NYC last Monday, DHL had delivered my new toy, a BlackBerry 7100t. I had been waiting for those “smart phones” to get smaller, and finally RIM started to sell this new BlackBerry which is as small as my old Samsung N400 flip phone.

T-Mobile is aggressively trying to capture market share, and they had the 7100t prized at $199.00 after a $100.00 mail-in rebate. But then I stumbled onto the website of Venicom, Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ. They are offering the 7100t for free ($0.00 after the mail-in rebate) with a 1-year contract — just too good to refuse. (Hurry up, the offer expires December 10.)

The specs of this phone are very impressive, and the display is easy-to-read and totally sharp. As soon as I am through with my current translation project I will have to play around with the 7100t, try and synch it with ACT! and have my e-mail pushed to the phone.


4 Responses to “New Toy”

  1. ben says:

    was there any catch to this deal with venicom?

  2. Michael says:

    Ben, none has transpired. Venicom does charge $100.00 but T-Mobile offers a $100.00 rebate ($50.00 for the voice plan and $50 for the data plan, and with this phone you would have both). There is a $9.99 shipping charge.

    After using the 7100 for a couple of weeks, here some observations: It does not have voice-activated dialing, it seems, which is too bad when you use it with a Bluetooth headset; the cheapest BlackBerry data plan does not include SMS or IM, so if you are heavily into text messaging you either have to pay as you go or get one of the text messaging packages from T-Mobile. One thing I think is very cool: If you get an e-mail with the senders phone and extension number in the message, the 7100 can dial the number down to the extension from the e-mail text.

  3. Joe says:

    Did you ever receive that rebate?
    Who services your phone if there is a problem – Venicom or T-Mobile?

  4. Michael says:

    Joe, I got my rebate check after a couple of weeks from T-Mobile (via a company that handles their rebates). I had no technical problems yet. I made some changes to the set-up and enabled global roaming, all through T-Mobil. When I complained that this model had no voice dialing which made using the Bluetooth headset more complicated than necessary, I got an e-mail apologizing that this feature was not available for the 7100 and $35 off my next bill. So Venicom is totally out of the picture at this point.

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