1. CrackBerry Question's Avatar
    Last year my family and I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile, and bought new phones unlocked and off-contract. We all began using iPhone 5Ses. I have lately come to miss the keyboard in my AT&T Blackberry Bold 9900, and have decided to purchase a new in box model on Ebay. I would like to possibly move someday to a BB10 device, and am curious about the Passport, but do not think I am comfortable with the new OS quite yet.

    Lately my family has noticed that our coverage on T-Mobile is not quite what we are looking for, and due to the similarly low price on Verizon if you bring your own devices, are looking to possibly make the carrier switch soon. This is not a sure move, though.

    I am now wondering if it would be wiser to buy a 9900 and use the 3G/4G on T-Mobile's network, or purchase a 9930, unlock it, and use the 2G service on T-Mobile, having the phone as a safeguard in the case of a move to Verizon.

    Please help!
    08-04-15 09:22 PM
  2. scrannel's Avatar
    OK, doesn't a t-mo branded 9900 have UMA (wifi-calling)? If so, that's another option. Where I live all signals suck so I need wifi-calling on my Z10. However, if you prefer Verizon's coverage overall..?
    08-04-15 09:41 PM
  3. the_real_mikeyb's Avatar
    Get a Passport!

    Posted via CB10
    08-05-15 05:04 AM
  4. phoneporn's Avatar
    You could try Sprint if you're really concerned about cost, but if it's coverage your after, I don't suggest it. I used to work for Verizon as a sales rep, and even being an employee, my bill was $322 one month with two iPhones and 3 iPads with no data access, only wifi. If you can afford it, more power to you, but they will charge for every little thing, and pro-rate EVERY change you make. If your after Blackberry OS7x devices, Verizon has some exclusive ones (9850 Torch or Storm 3, 9930) and the OS10x devices are even better.
    08-05-15 11:10 AM
  5. Watch-Site's Avatar
    Go directly for the Classic or Passport! The OS and speed of this devices are incredible!!!

    Posted via BlackBerry Classic
    08-05-15 11:37 AM
  6. anon8898370's Avatar
    Don't be silly, buy a CLASSIC or PASSPORT!

    Posted from my Z30 with Google Play Store
    08-05-15 11:49 AM
  7. green_ember's Avatar
    Why don't you just use your old AT&T 9900 on T-Mo and skip buying a new one?
    08-05-15 11:54 AM
  8. JRM1014's Avatar
    Even a q10 is under 200 bucks unlocked, and in my opinion, better that a 9900
    08-05-15 12:09 PM
  9. raino's Avatar
    Do some of you people even read? The OP clearly says "I would like to possibly move someday to a BB10 device, and am curious about the Passport, but do not think I am comfortable with the new OS quite yet" and y'all are recommending Classics and Passports

    Anyway, back to the question at hand. Pre-BB10 phones on TMO are going to be tricky, because TMO uses two networks for 3G/'4G' HSPA+: UMTS 1700 and UMTS 1900. The 9900 they sold originally had the UMTS 1700 band, but not the 1900. However now, TMO has shut down their UMTS 1700 in some places so in these places, ironically the 9900 TMO did not sell is a better option for TMO customers. So if you happen to be in one of these UMTS 1700 shutdown markets, the TMO branded 9900 will also get 2G only.

    So my point is that researching the UMTS network around you and then buy the appropriate 9900 is a good idea, but be aware that it may not be the best 9900 for everywhere on TMO (depending on which UMTS networks are available.) But, with the Verizon 9930, you know exactly what you're going to get on Verizon and on TMO.
    08-05-15 12:36 PM
  10. guygardner73's Avatar
    Classic or Passport I came from a 9900 and both of these devices are better. Longer battery life, bigger screens, the keyboard that you love and more apps (one way or the other) not to mention better antenna, louder speakers etc. BlackBerry 10 is actually easier to use than the legacy os.

    PassportSQW100-1/10.3.1.2576 O2 UK
    08-05-15 01:14 PM
  11. guygardner73's Avatar
    Or get a 9930 in preparation for the move to Verizon and take the time to play with a BlackBerry 10 device to see how awesome it is.

    PassportSQW100-1/10.3.1.2576 O2 UK
    08-05-15 01:17 PM
  12. Craigash's Avatar
    There the same phone. 9900 & 9930. For different regions around the world. Get the one for your region.

    Posted via CB10
    08-06-15 07:09 AM
  13. to boldly go's Avatar
    Do some of you people even read? The OP clearly says "I would like to possibly move someday to a BB10 device, and am curious about the Passport, but do not think I am comfortable with the new OS quite yet" and y'all are recommending Classics and Passports
    Recognizing this, i still think moving on to BB10 is a better idea, much as i also love OS7. Its faster and more fully functional as a phone with all the internet wrappings that you will be paying for anyway. Swiping your way around the screen and using the hub is a piece of cake, there are built in instructions in the phone and all you have to do is enjoy dinking around with it and playing with it. Get a zeus browser off BlackBerry World if you're on 10.3, so all the flashy websites will function, and you're in-em! Maybe go cheap and get a Q5 thats 3G, or if you're not hellbent on the keyboard i still recommend a Z30. See, the Q5 is as cheap as, if not cheaper than, the Bold 9900.

    Its nice to have both but if youre only going to have one go upwards (or sideways as some may believe) to BB10. Imagine wanting to play a video from youtube or a news site or wherever, and have it JUST WORK. Its fun, i tell you, you CAN have a BlackBerry now and have fun with it too.

    Just go to BB10. Its not a scary place to go!

    My first BB was a Bold 9900, and although i did love the phone, it was only because i blindly searched ebay for BlackBerrys and thought that one was the best looking one, I didnt even know about OS7 vs OS10 yet.

    I was in a hurry to pick one, due to stress reasons. Its a good phone, but why settle? Maybe what OS7 does well is all you want in a phone, but if its not, reconsider, there are choices.
    raino likes this.
    08-24-15 12:48 AM
  14. rthonpm's Avatar
    There the same phone. 9900 & 9930. For different regions around the world. Get the one for your region.

    Posted via CB10
    Wrong: the 9900 is the GSM variant; the 9930 is the CDMA version. It's not regions that distinguish them, it's the radio stack.

    Posted via CB10
    08-24-15 05:23 AM
  15. phoneporn's Avatar
    Update: I upgraded to a Classic, and it's AMAZING. The OS is so smooth, and more apps than OS7 devices now that there is the Amazon store

    Posted via CB10
    09-05-15 03:52 PM
  16. thurask's Avatar
    If the OP's question is still hanging, here's an update:

    Neither.

    http://forums.crackberry.com/news-ru...-10th-1036814/
    09-05-15 04:16 PM

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