1. berankin99's Avatar

    Is there a replacement for the 7290 that still keeps the basic form factor? (track-wheel, tank-tough construction, good keys)?

    Preferably GSM on ATT/Cingular, but CDMA with Verizon is fine, too.

    If not, is it still possible to buy a brand-new 7290?

    EDIT: The device will be US based, but travel to Europe is frequent. Will just be used for basic email. (no 3rd party apps, etc.)

    Thank you,
    Last edited by berankin99; 02-01-09 at 09:24 AM.
    02-01-09 09:03 AM
  2. jeffh's Avatar
    The 7250 and 7290 are both still shown on RIM's website as current devices. So it may be possible to buy one new. I had a 7250 before my current 8830. The 7250 was a great device for use as you describe.
    02-01-09 09:30 AM
  3. Heresy's Avatar
    Get an 8700g for gsm. Its just a newer version of the 7290. Same trackwheel and everything, really tough device. Also with the 8700g you can put OS 4.5 on it and get html email capabilities. The 8703e is a cdma device but it currently only has OS4.2. Take a look at the devices here BlackBerry - BlackBerry 8700 Series | 8700c, 8700g, 8700r & 8703e Wireless Handheld Devices
    02-01-09 09:33 AM
  4. berankin99's Avatar
    Thanks for the comparison link.

    The 8700g does not look to support the North American GSM bands, correct?

    What about the 8700c? It seems to be the only quad-band 87xx with North American 3G? (2100 MHz UMTS is Europe only, right?)
    02-01-09 10:06 AM
  5. Heresy's Avatar
    I dont know about the 8700c. I currently use an 8700g on tmo (gsm) network with no problems. I i think it just doesnt do the 850mhz band...could be wrong. Nonethless thing works awesome for me. Granted Tmo isnt 3g perhaps the 8700c on at&t would be fast.
    02-01-09 10:58 AM
  6. berankin99's Avatar
    Thanks. Now, of course, ATT no longer lists any of these (new) on their site.

    The challenge will be to find some for sale.

    I'll post a new thread for this.
    02-01-09 01:15 PM
  7. bb_bold's Avatar
    I believe that any of the 7200 or 8700 series would fit this catagory since they all still have the trackwheel and are built solid. You can find these devices in decent shape on ebay.
    02-02-09 07:28 PM
  8. rambo47's Avatar
    AT&T has refurbished 8700c models available for $30 under contract.

    BlackBerry® 8700c (Refurb) Cell Phone - | Wireless from AT&T, formerly Cingular
    02-03-09 07:18 PM