8900 discontinued at T-Mobile?
I went into my local T-Mobile store (company store) this afternoon to check out what was new. I have a full upgrade available and wanted to see, aside from the 9700, what T-Mobile had to offer. During my conversation with the sales rep. she said... "we were told that the 8900 is now discontinued within our system... and we only have the dummy display unit and nothing in stock...and, we aren't getting any more into stock". I have an 8900 so not a big deal for me. But it totally makes sense. The 9700 is essentially the same devise sans a little better processor and the track-pad and the new lower level Curve makes no sense if their is a unit just above it with much higher end features. So it would seem the new product set is the 9700 and the
85XX Curve. The 8900 was a great devise but sadly caught in the middle of RIMs move to the track-pad and the faster processor.
In the end I just looked around and tried to figure out if I want to move to the 9700 or an Android phone. Not sure what to do. The 9700 has so few differences with the 8900 I just don't see the value in moving to it. On the other hand an Android phone has far superior web browsing and media capabilities. I also like the touch screen functionality. Maybe if T-Mobile had the Storm 2 it would make my decision much easier. Oh well.....
- 01-31-2010, 05:15 PM #2
NEVER listen or accept what a Sales Rep says as true, or even having a clue what they are talking about!!! Most have absolutely no clue. Not sure how many times I have to say this. T-Mobile has not even discontinued the 8320... now I might be able to see them discontinue the 8320, but not the 8900.
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- 02-01-2010, 09:39 AM #9
- 02-01-2010, 11:01 AM #12
I don't think the 8900 is going to break, it's an excellent phone. Take a look at phone-wreck.com for a breakdown. If it does, you can still buy and unlocked one at retail or buy a used one and have it unlocked. No biggie.The lesson we learned from iPhone: People who can't walk and chew gum at the same time don't need a phone that can multitask...nobody likes a phone to be smarter than they are Go RIM, Go BlackBerry. BlackBerry rules!
- 02-01-2010, 01:56 PM #16
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Timbuck Too: Why can I not read about the BlackBery Curve 8900 on your website?
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You bring up a valid point....
I understand 3G vs. EDGE... but in my area EDGE actually works very well. I think what I am most disapointed in is the fact that they are using the same exact screen as the 8900... I was hoping the 9700 would have a larger screen for a better web experience. But then again, these are not consumer oriented devises, they are business oriented devises. As far as the keyboard goes, my personal opinion is that the 8900 has the best keyboard I have used to date on a RIM devise. And that includes the 9000 that I had from my company on AT&T. The 8900 is (was) a great devise... just bad timing and now a lame duck.
I just don't see where consumers are going to throw their 8900s in the drawer for a 9700. For the average Blackberry business user... their is not enough difference to make a difference.
And yes... the 8900 is sadly discontinued at T-Mobile.. done, over. And no, the stores won't be getting any more in stock for those who claim they will. It had a great run, but has been kicked out the door by the 9700.
- 02-02-2010, 11:10 AM #18
However, what is really needed for a better web experience is better browser software and 3G. the 9700 at least has the 3G.
BTW I paid $50 for my 9700. With those kind of prices, who would buy an 8900?
Last edited by ADGrant; 02-02-2010 at 11:12 AM.
02-02-2010, 01:46 PM #20
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The 9700 does offer a trackpad which I did not think I would come to love as much as I have. Without a doubt, the trackpad is far superior to the trackball.
The 5.0 OS also offers Visual Voicemail which I also love. I do not care for the threaded sms (actually I hate it to be honest) but those features are available in the 8900 if a user upgrades to the 5.0 OS.
The 8900 was/is one of BlackBerry's finest devices.