1. vanfred1's Avatar
    I have a Playbook but have never owned a Blackberry phone and know nothing about them.

    The videos I have seen from CES showing bridging and the sending information to the Playbook from a Blackberry phone is impressive, so I want to try it for myself.

    I thought about buying a cheap used PAYG Blackberry, probably from eBay. I would prefer the phone to have 3G but apart from that the main criteria is for it to be cheap so I guess that means old.

    The list below is pasted from the Blackberry App world site and is a list of phones compatible with the Bridge App. I would be grateful for suggestions as to which models I should look at. If it is relevant, I live in the UK.


    BlackBerry 8330
    BlackBerry 8330m
    BlackBerry 8350i
    BlackBerry 8520
    BlackBerry 8530
    BlackBerry 8700c
    BlackBerry 8900
    BlackBerry 8910
    BlackBerry 8980
    BlackBerry 9000
    BlackBerry 9100
    BlackBerry 9105
    BlackBerry 9300
    BlackBerry 9330
    BlackBerry 9350
    BlackBerry 9360
    BlackBerry 9370
    BlackBerry 9380
    BlackBerry 9500
    BlackBerry 9520
    BlackBerry 9530
    BlackBerry 9550
    BlackBerry 9630
    BlackBerry 9650
    BlackBerry 9670
    BlackBerry 9700
    BlackBerry 9780
    BlackBerry 9788
    BlackBerry 9790
    BlackBerry 9800
    BlackBerry 9810
    BlackBerry 9850
    BlackBerry 9860
    BlackBerry 9900
    BlackBerry 9930
    BlackBerry 9981


    Thanks
    Last edited by Vanfred1; 01-14-12 at 12:12 PM.
    01-14-12 12:10 PM
  2. alnamvet68's Avatar
    Buy a brand new in box BB Curve 8350i GSM unlocked for $137.00. With an unlocked GSM phone, you can pay as you go with a basic data plan from AT&T, or T-Mobil.

    Go to Unlocked Cell Phones, GSM, CDMA, No-Contracts! | Cell2Get
    Last edited by alnamvet68; 01-14-12 at 01:01 PM.
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    01-14-12 12:21 PM
  3. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Buy a brand new in box BB Curve 8320 GSM unlocked for $137.00. With an unlocked GSM phone, you can pay as you go with a basic data plan from AT&T, or T-Mobil.

    Go to Unlocked Cell Phones, GSM, CDMA, No-Contracts! | Cell2Get
    OS 5 or newer is required for bridge. The 8320 only runs OS 4.5.

    The 8520 is probably the cheapest model that is GSM and runs OS 5.

    8900 and 9000 should also be cheap, and both are capable of running OS 5.
    Last edited by lak611; 01-14-12 at 12:50 PM.
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    01-14-12 12:48 PM
  4. kbz1960's Avatar
    I would get at least an OS 6 phone. I had a tour and went to a torch. Bridge much better!
    01-14-12 12:50 PM
  5. BuzzStarField's Avatar
    Buy a brand new in box BB Curve 8320 GSM unlocked for $137.00. With an unlocked GSM phone, you can pay as you go with a basic data plan from AT&T, or T-Mobil.

    Go to Unlocked Cell Phones, GSM, CDMA, No-Contracts! | Cell2Get
    Did you mean 8320 or another model?

    You will find that any phone on the list of supported devices will work.

    I am currently using a 9700 running OS6 - works great. My son is using my old 8330, which I upgraded with great difficulty to OS 5.0 - this adventure is not recommended due to low memory specs - but the bridge works just fine.

    You should choose the most recent BB phone that you can afford.
    01-14-12 12:51 PM
  6. alnamvet68's Avatar
    Did you mean 8320 or another model?

    You will find that any phone on the list of supported devices will work.

    I am currently using a 9700 running OS6 - works great. My son is using my old 8330, which I upgraded with great difficulty to OS 5.0 - this adventure is not recommended due to low memory specs - but the bridge works just fine.

    You should choose the most recent BB phone that you can afford.
    Yes I did, the 8350i.
    01-14-12 01:01 PM
  7. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Yes I did, the 8350i.
    iDEN network is not available in the UK.
    01-14-12 01:04 PM
  8. vanfred1's Avatar
    Oops

    Thanks everyone. I made what I thought was a low bid (75?) on a used PAYG 9300 (including the box, charger etc. and a couple of cases and a skin) and to my great surprise won the auction. It looks in really good condition and apparently has been in a case from new.

    As I said, I know nothing about Blackberry phones, but I checked and it is on the Bridge compatibility list. Hopefully it is an OK phone model?
    01-14-12 01:48 PM
  9. cgull's Avatar
    I just got my mom a Curve 9300 and it works fine with bridge. I did wipe it and loaded a shrunk OS6.
    01-14-12 02:18 PM
  10. jmc2012's Avatar
    Can the 9320 be bridged to playbook????. Not on the list but is anyone using 9320 to bridge???
    03-09-13 10:12 AM
  11. GeneralHerzog's Avatar
    Anything lower than a 9900 or 9810 series will work fine and are cheap too.

    If you really want to enjoy it though, get a Torch 9810 or Bold 9900 series. They have the faster network chips and you'll notice a faster bridged browsing experience.

    The leap in speeds from my old 9300 curve to a Bold 9900 was night and day.



    Posted from the CB App on my White Zed 10
    03-09-13 10:44 AM
  12. johnfenno's Avatar
    Can the 9320 be bridged to playbook????. Not on the list but is anyone using 9320 to bridge???
    I have a 9320 and it bridges fine to my playbook
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    03-10-13 06:54 PM
  13. hreiner1's Avatar
    there is a new BB 9315 - G3 on the market ( a version of the Curve )
    it will run on BB-OS 7,1
    it only costs about $50 with a contract on T Mobile USA
    T-Mobile Can’t Wait for BB10, Offers New BlackBerry Curve 9315
    BlackBerryOS.com - RIM And T-Mobile Announce The BlackBerry Curve 9315

    it was said it will sell for $199 unlocked for prepaid service and in low income counties like India, etc
    maybe you can look up the BB website were it is available
    I even may buy a unlocked version by myself, as a backup and when traveling to be used with a prepaid SIM card
    03-11-13 07:06 PM
  14. diegonei's Avatar
    If you want an ok experience, go for a 3G device. 9700, 9780, 9300 or 9100 are not bad ideas (OS6). 9315/20 if you must have OS7 (and slightly better hardware).

    OS7 device (not sure if all of them) have WiFi hotspot capabilities, which are (at least for internet connection) much better than pure Bridge.
    03-11-13 07:12 PM

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