1. rupam95's Avatar
    I'm thinking of getting a Refurbished Blackberry Phone under $230 and then get a BB10.


    So I looked around and found of couple of which i think will be great combo with my Playbook.

    BlackBerry BOLD 9700 Smart Unlocked Phone, Quad Band, 3 MP Camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and 1 GB Internal Storage--U.S. Version With No Warranty

    Amazon.com: Used and New: BlackBerry BOLD 9700 Smart Unlocked Phone, Quad Band, 3 MP Camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and 1 GB Internal Storage--U.S. Version With No Warranty

    $183 Refurbished

    OR,
    BlackBerry Bold 9780 Unlocked Cell Phone with Full QWERTY Keyboard, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, Music/Video Playback, Bluetooth v2.1, and GPS (Black)

    Amazon.com: Used and New: BlackBerry Bold 9780 Unlocked Cell Phone with Full QWERTY Keyboard, 5 MP Camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, Music/Video Playback, Bluetooth v2.1, and GPS (Black)

    $237 Refurbished

    Which one would you get?

    What is the difference?

    Will both phones be able to tether with my Playbook to use 3G network?

    Can the latest BB OS (7.1) be installed on both phones?

    Finally, should i get a BB now or wait and save up for BB10?

    How much do you think will a "Refurbished" unlocked BB10 cost?

    Thanks.

    EDIT: In addition, if i put on my T-mobile SIM card into one of these phones, will it work?
    Last edited by rupam95; 07-29-12 at 01:15 PM.
    07-29-12 01:12 PM
  2. Gatmyer's Avatar
    For what BB is best for you google them and review them. However I find myself in the same place. I have a storm 2 which is dated waiting for BB10. Just get the cheapest phone to suit your needs. Both should bridge well with the PB.
    07-29-12 02:21 PM
  3. mandony's Avatar
    From a practical standpoint, you can use a BB phone that has EDGE.
    I have a BB9000 (3G, but I have 2G/EDGE on TM) to PB combo which has slightly slower bridge/tether then my wife's BB9900 (4G on TM) to PB combo.

    The limiting factor is bluetooth, same on most BB's.

    And, you MUST get a BB phone which has, or can upgrade to OS5
    Last edited by mandony; 07-29-12 at 02:31 PM.
    07-29-12 02:28 PM
  4. masqueofhastur's Avatar
    How much is a Lumia 710 from T-Mobile? I'm using that to tether my PlayBook, I much prefer it to my Curve 9300 that I could bridge with. Also, I prefer to keep phone purchases of the same platform 2 years apart, alternating platforms on a yearly basis gives me more variety and I don't suffer from the feeling of incremental upgrades.
    07-29-12 03:26 PM
  5. GreenCopperz's Avatar
    I am using a 9780. It works well with playbook. It has double the capacity of the 9700 and a better camera if that is important... Other than that they're practically identical.
    07-29-12 03:44 PM
  6. jhanks64's Avatar
    Doesn't the 9780 run a newer OS? I've found that OS7 bridges more reliably.
    07-29-12 04:40 PM
  7. JManSr63's Avatar
    There is a thread that discusses this question. It concluded that both were good but the 9780 would be better. Check under the 9780 At the top of the screen.
    07-29-12 08:56 PM
  8. rebroker2009's Avatar
    9780 only runs os 6, if someone is running 7 on one. Let me know! I find the 9780 better than the 9700. I just received a brand new white 9780 bold from my Cdn provider and after trade in credit, I only paid $25 for it ( I traded in my black 9780)). But extended my contract to 24 months with same plan I had before. Not worried about penalty when bb10 is available as I can sell it under warranty.
    07-30-12 12:56 AM
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