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Looking For A Badonka - Donk Blackberry

Dear Sugar
I need a blackberry or a trio or something I can access my e-mails on. What do you suggest? Wired Wyle

Dear Wired Wyle
Blackberry's (not to be mistaken for blackberries - the fruit) are better than Trios. I would go over to Cingular and check out the four models they carry so that you can have e-mail and web browsing in the same kind of smartphone.

All of the models have e-mail, internet and phone services in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. They have a full PC style keyboard(33 keys)and a talk time up to four hours. They are small, light(about 5 ounces), and the original model costs about $1150 right now. The newer ones out now have a newer bluetooth capability and a color screen.


The newest pimped out model runs about $300 now and is loaded with speakerphone, GPRS, EDGE, GSM and bluetooth compatibility. It's a little bit sleeker looking, it's got a larger and color screen display and it sort of acts like a HP Compaq or Palm Pilot with all of it's new organizational tools. It also has a 35 style keyboard.


The Treo sells for $400. I happen to think that it looks cool - and I won't lie to you, the differences between the two are slim. The Treo is made by Palm and it's loaded with similar/comparable features as the Blackeberry.


I guess it really just depends on what your needs are. Either of these are an excellent choice, but I would go with Cingular's Blackberry. I think they have better customer service - and why pay more when you don't need to.

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