New Cell Phone?

I’m in the market for a new cellphone. Currently, I have a Palm Treo 700w with Verizon. I really don’t like the large size of the phone nor its use of Windows Mobile 5. Before the Treo, I was using a Sony Ericsson T68i with Cingular. It worked well enough, but the user interface was really sluggish.

RIM announced the Blackberry Pearl will be available through T-Mobile on 9/12. From what I’ve read, T-Mobile’s coverage in Santa Clara is pretty bad compared to Cingular and Verizon. Anyone reading care to disagree? One of the benefits of using T-Mobile is their (relatively) cheap unlimited data plan with their phones. T-Mobile customers can save up to $50-70/month with a Blackberry and unlimited data plan over Cingular.

I could always wait for the Apple iPhone, but I might be waiting a long time for that to appear. Then again, Apple has some announcements coming up also on 9/12 and 9/25. The rumors point to an Apple iTunes Movie Store, new iPods, and possibly a revision to Aperture.

In the meantime, I’ll ask the blogosphere what phone I should get! Some points to keep in mind:

  • Small – The Treo 700w is just too big (i.e. thick) to fit in a pocket, and I’m not about to get a belt clip for my phone
  • Bluetooth
  • Unlimited data plan
  • Keyboard – Anyone care to comment on the effectiveness of the Pearl’s two characters per key keyboard?
  • No Windows Mobile 5

4 thoughts on “New Cell Phone?

  1. Victor

    Thought it does not have a keyboard, the SE W810i has some impressive capabilities:

    http://www.oreillynet.com/mac/blog/2006/07/sony_ericsson_w810i_impression.html

    http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=global&lc=en&ver=4001&template=pp1_1_1&zone=pp&lm=pp1&pid=10376

    Looks to be avialble from online mobile vendors (not tied to Cingular for example) for ~$350 USD. That means its unlocked, unbranded and you can try out T-Mobile and/or Cingular at your leisure.

  2. Lo Szabo

    Hello!

    I’ve used the BlackBerry 7100 and was very disappointed by the keyboard. If you start using two languages or special words in your e-mails, it really slows you down.

    How about the T-Mobile/Danger SidekKick III? I have the II and I’m very happy with it…

  3. Chester

    Not a fan of Cingular in Santa Clara. In general, it’s okay, but there’s a very prominently spotty coverage spot around Pruneridge and Saratoga.

  4. I recently got a Nokia N80 to play with. Very cool screen, you can actually browse the web. And you dont have to use GPRS, uses WiFi. Not bad..

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