1. CrackBerry Question's Avatar
    We reside in Indonesia and need a device primarily for reading and replying to emails (and attachments) and text messages that will be compatible with the T-Mobile network in the US and also with TELCEL network in Mexico that has wi-fi hotspot functionality (for instance accessing emails while in an airport). Budget is a consideration.

    Which phone would you choose?

    Blackberry Q5
    Blackberry 9720-5625 (Samoa)
    Blackberry Curve 9320
    Samsung Galaxy Chat B5330

    Thanks for your input.
    12-01-14 12:25 PM
  2. blueyestm's Avatar
    Out of the Blackberry's I'd pick the Q5 because it can be used with just a regular data plan verses the others. I do not know anything about the Samsung phone.
    12-01-14 01:22 PM
  3. raino's Avatar
    Out of these phones, I would recommend the Q5, specifically the SQR100-1 model, which would be fully compatible with TMO and Telcel. However, this specific Q5 model may be hard to find in Indonesia, because this is the North American model.

    The 9720 isn't very compatible with TMO. The 9320 was released as the 9315 by TMO, but it won't be very compatible with Telcel. So the Q5 SQR100-1 is the common link.
    12-01-14 05:41 PM
  4. Dave Bourque's Avatar
    Q5 is the best choice.

    Posted via CB10
    12-01-14 05:52 PM
  5. nglfmark's Avatar

    Posted via CB10
    12-01-14 06:45 PM
  6. Davis Chepkeny's Avatar
    First of all, that Galaxy should be COMPLETELY out of the list! Second n th last, Q5 is the BEST (of all those).
    12-01-14 08:25 PM
  7. DNT1's Avatar
    Thanks for the input.

    We understand that the Q5 runs on the new OS 10. But the device is just a bit over our budget.

    So, now we are thinking either the

    Blackberry 9720-5625 (Samoa)
    Blackberry Curve 9320

    which run on OS 7.1

    The T-mobile staff person said:
    Upon checking, it shows here that the phone models you mentioned can support a T-Mobile sim card. Meaning to say, you will be able to use it on our network. You can also connect to a WiFi hotspot since the phones are wifi capable.

    We replied:

    We read that Only 3G phones that support the 1700-MHz band are compatible (not all 3G phones support it). If we own a 3G phone that does not support the 1700-MHz band, it will operate at 2G (EDGE) speeds on the T-Mobile network. Is that correct? And does that just mean the connection will be slower - but will still connect?

    T-mobile replied:
    Yes, you got it correct. If the 3G phone you have does not support our 3G bandwidth, it will automatically connect to our 2G network where the connection is slower but you will still be able to access the web.

    We replied:
    Ok. If the device has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz) will we be able to connect to a HotSpot using the T-Mobile to Go network?

    T-mobile replied:
    Yes. As long as the phone is WiFi capable, you will be able to connect to any Hotspot.


    So, for example, if we purchased the Blackberry Curve 9320, would we be able to read and reply to emails (and also word and pdf attachments)?

    Really, we will primarily be using the phone for email communications, and local and international sms.

    What do you think?

    12-02-14 12:11 PM
  8. raino's Avatar
    The TMO rep answered your questions correctly. However, TMO also uses 1900 MHz (band II) for 3G in some places, generally, larger US cities: Coverage - Roam Mobility (scroll down to the 're-farmed cities' section.) Also, TMO is planning to convert the bulk, if not all of its 2G network to LTE by the end of 2015, so that 2G network will be largely gone.

    For the needs you have described, a 9320 should be ok. The only thing I'm iffy on is Word/PDF attachments--the screen is just 2.44" compared to the Q5's 3.1," plus the Q5's just faster in general. However, I also understand budgetary considerations. The Q5s were on sale for $159, but it seems like that sale is now over.

    Good luck with your decision.
    12-02-14 12:37 PM
  9. Originalloverman's Avatar
    Q5 if that's the choices

    Posted via the CrackBerry App for Android
    12-04-14 12:16 PM
  10. DNT1's Avatar
    Thanks for the input. Given our budget - we decided to purchase the BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone model number: REV71UW which has 3G capability and runs on the BlackBerry OS 7.1 operating system.

    Just posted a new inquiry titled:

    will Blackberry Curve 9320 Indonesia model work with T-mobile sim in US and TELCEL sim in Mexico?

    Thanks if you have any further input on that page.
    12-07-14 04:16 AM

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