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BlackBerry 8800 SIM FREE: now £169.99 @ Play.com

£169.99 @ Play.Com
Play.com have the BlackBerry 8800 on Sim Free pay as you go (unlocked to any network) for £169.99. I think this is a good price considering that it isn't locked. As stylish as it is powerful, the B…
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Play.com have the BlackBerry 8800 on Sim Free pay as you go (unlocked to any network) for £169.99. I think this is a good price considering that it isn't locked.

As stylish as it is powerful, the BlackBerry 8800 smartphone is designed to let you do your best work from wherever you choose. It gives you phone, email, organizer, web browsing and instant messaging. And then it goes a step further, providing GPS for enhanced access to location-based applications and services, including the pre-loaded BlackBerry Maps application. A media player for your video clips and music. Expandable memory to ensure you've got the room you need for your media files. And a high-capacity battery to allow you to make the most of it all.
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#1
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#2
So, if you have a pay as you go sim card (any network), what e-mails can you receive ? does this mean your hotmail gets pushed (or any other private e-mail you have), or does this only work if your provider supports push e-mail ?

I can understand work e-mails being pushed as you are in effect connecting to your office network, just wondered about your private stuff such as e-mails as part of a domain package and hotmail, gmail and the like ?


Cheers
#3
Any idea how much memory you can get into one of these ?
#4
You can get a 4mb memory card into one.
You can get push e mail to work with any e mail account and have several e mail addresses forwarded to it.
Hope this helps.
#5
Thanks Tripletrouble - getting totally fed up with my lack of exchange emails on the Iphone 3G - read a few reviews on this blackberry after seeing half the commuters on our long train journey using them and checking their emails thought I would check one out BUT I dont think its for me - should have kept my Nokia N95
#6
shady
So, if you have a pay as you go sim card (any network), what e-mails can you receive ? does this mean your hotmail gets pushed (or any other private e-mail you have), or does this only work if your provider supports push e-mail ?

I can understand work e-mails being pushed as you are in effect connecting to your office network, just wondered about your private stuff such as e-mails as part of a domain package and hotmail, gmail and the like ?


Cheers


Won't work on payg networks except for on Orange who provide a BlackBerry service for £5 p/m. I think in that price you only get something like 5Meg. But each email that is pushed to your phone is about 2k (so i'm told) and any web browsing you do takes less traffic since they are compressed by Blackberry before you get them.

I have one now and after having top of the range Nokia, SE's, IPhone & G1 It's my main phone now. A Blackberry was never on my Rader since I thought it was a business thing only, I was so wrong. But I guess horses for courses.

I'd look towards the more consumer 83xx range or the 8120 / 8130. If you have the money look at the 8900 or the 3G 9000 models.
#7
so is this a very good deal/price then?
#8
laurenhackett
so is this a very good deal/price then?


I guess based on a google price search, yes.
#9
These are nice once you get used to them
#10
Jez15
lack of exchange emails on the Iphone 3G


I thought iPhone had Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync so you get push email, calender and bits???
#11
How do you stand with browsing the net with this? if you are on PAYG will it constantly drain your credit or is the net free? (sorry if its a thick question but iam a bit thick:)
#12
shady
So, if you have a pay as you go sim card (any network), what e-mails can you receive ? does this mean your hotmail gets pushed (or any other private e-mail you have), or does this only work if your provider supports push e-mail ?

I can understand work e-mails being pushed as you are in effect connecting to your office network, just wondered about your private stuff such as e-mails as part of a domain package and hotmail, gmail and the like ?


Cheers


don't know about Hotmail, but Gmail advertised that they now support push email to blackberries... so that's one free option re. push email
#13
not that great for browsing.
this is a phone for email ... if you dont use email, no point really.
great price so voted hot
#14
Good for emails, but no 3G or Wi-Fi.
#15
You can install opera mini or bolt for web browsing.

Be aware that you cannot do any internet stuff WITHOUT having a blackberry subscription and ONLY Orange in the UK provide this on a PAYG basis at £5 p/m.
#16
Very good post - excellent price! Heat added

Please note that this set is not compatible with Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g OR 802.11a
Try to look for model 8820 if you want this as well.
#17
i have a O2 pay monthy sim with the unlimited internet bolt on.

Can i use this Blackberry for normal browsing using my SIM.

any suggetions/advice welcome
#18
hotisgood
i have a O2 pay monthy sim with the unlimited internet bolt on.

Can i use this Blackberry for normal browsing using my SIM.

any suggetions/advice welcome


You can but it will charge you as it uses a different APN to the O2 Blackberry subscription package. I have O2 Simplicity package + BB Subscription (as a bolt on) and everything online inc e-mails and BB Messenger is free.

Oh to a previous post, I'm pretty sure iPhone uses MobileMe not Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
#19
iphone kills this
#20
hotisgood
i have a O2 pay monthy sim with the unlimited internet bolt on.

Can i use this Blackberry for normal browsing using my SIM.

any suggetions/advice welcome


As above, you can do this but I wouldn't recommend it. It will cost you around £1 per MB, which is phenomenally expensive. You should only really consider using this for browsing if you have a Blackberry contract with the o2 Unlimited Blackberry Bolt-On.
#21
stepp
iphone kills this


Yes, but the iPhone is a couple of years newer than this (and yet still can't do a lot of the basic stuff which this can).

Compare apples with apples and the newer Blackberries (like the Bold) absolutely blow the iPhone out of the water.

And yes, I have owned and used both. Would choose a BB over the iPhone every single time.
#22
JimReaper
I thought iPhone had Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync so you get push email, calender and bits???


Pretty sure several colleagues of mine get nhs.net email on their iPhones, and that is an Exchange service...
#23
sim free? a good misnomer
so, how do you get it to work with a Mobile Network Operator like o2, vodaone, etc....telepathy?
#24
Jez15
Thanks Tripletrouble - getting totally fed up with my lack of exchange emails on the Iphone 3G - read a few reviews on this blackberry after seeing half the commuters on our long train journey using them and checking their emails thought I would check one out BUT I dont think its for me - should have kept my Nokia N95


yes nokia n95 all the way!!!
#25
I don't think this is a very good deal, the 8800 is a fairly minimal Blackberry (no camera, no wifi, no 3G) which is more aimed at business users. As mentioned several times now Blackberries are not a great choice for pay as you go anyway as many networks do not offer Blackberry Internet Services which makes it fairly useless. It may be fairly cheap for an 8800 but I really don't think it's a good deal, anyone after a Blackberry is likely better going for a contract but if simfree is the only option then there's better consumer BB's out there.

John
#26
JimReaper
I thought iPhone had Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync so you get push email, calender and bits???


They do, the OP doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.
#27
Jez15
Thanks Tripletrouble - getting totally fed up with my lack of exchange emails on the Iphone 3G - read a few reviews on this blackberry after seeing half the commuters on our long train journey using them and checking their emails thought I would check one out BUT I dont think its for me - should have kept my Nokia N95


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHBc7h6crjk

HTH
#28
Just to add my comments:

I'm on Virgin PAYG with a sim free 8310 blackberry,
I can make and receive calls, send and receive texts, I use 3rd party Opera Mini web browser and I can surf the web and get web pages. You can add 3rd party Google Maps to use the blackberry GPS (if available) also add 3rd party Google Mail to get your Gmail. Please note all the web features cost 30p a day on Virgin PAYG

Hope this helps. J
#29
Sweetchuck
I have owned and used both. Would choose a BB over the iPhone every single time.


Agree, I love my BB much more than my iPhone. Using the Javelin now which does everything I need it too (though I prefer my old Bold for its 3G connectivity).
#30
anti5580
You can but it will charge you as it uses a different APN to the O2 Blackberry subscription package. I have O2 Simplicity package + BB Subscription (as a bolt on) and everything online inc e-mails and BB Messenger is free.

Oh to a previous post, I'm pretty sure iPhone uses MobileMe not Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.


Exchange activesync I believe, I used it to make a 1st gen iphone sync with my zimbra mailbox (zimbra emulates an exchange server for an OTA sync with a mobile)


It wasn't in the iphones orginally (i don't think) but was added in a firmware update, if iphone is running latest firmware it should be able to sync with an exchange server.
banned#31
iPhones do indeed have Microsoft Exchange activesync - I've set this up at my workplace for a few employees who have asked me if they can use their personal iPhones for their emails. And it works fine.

However. As a work standard, I issue Blackberrys to my staff who require remote email services. I've looked into iPhones, Windows Media devices, and several flavours of Blackberrys, and Blackberrys win.

Although I wouldn't go for an 8800. Especially when you can get Curve 8320's for about the same price (I sell curve 8320's on Ebay for about £180) which are much newer, and much better devices.
#32
The 8800 is OK if you set up push e-mail with it, which means it's suitable for use only as a business phone really. By far the best feature of the 8800, IMHO, is the 7-10 day battery life between recharges (and the ability to charge via a standard mini-USB cable).

We've now got a Blackberry Bold 9000 at work and the battery life is a total disgrace - turn off all the features and still get a pitiful 2-2.5 days of battery life. Fully charge it at work on Friday afternoon and it's dead and lost its time and date when you get to work on Monday morning. The 8800 never had that problem.
#33
royals
sim free? a good misnomer
so, how do you get it to work with a Mobile Network Operator like o2, vodaone, etc....telepathy?


lol
sim free means it is open to any network. obviously you've got to put a sim in there...
where are you from ?
1 Like #34
hi i work for orange,
to use this blackberry (or any blackberry) you will need the blackberry apn and the actual blackberry internet service,
on orange payg u get this for £5 pm and the limit is 50 mb for the month, which is good enough if you are only pushing your emails (w/o large attachments) and a bit here and there wap (not proper websites) browsing, if you go over the limit then you start getting charged @£4/MB (ouch!!)
if you call Cust Srvc to activate blackerry apn and internet just say that you need for blackberry pearl (the official supported on orange payg), you should also get the wap profiles with your activation (at least that i hope)
hope this info helps someone.
#35
It's a good phone but you need opera to get usuable web browsing, also the screen is highly prone to scratching, unlike the jesus phone
banned#36
dc2447
It's a good phone but you need opera to get usuable web browsing, also the screen is highly prone to scratching, unlike the jesus phone


a) It comes with opera
b) Screen is NOT prone to scratching, they're durable. Unless you're trying to write on it with a chisel.
c) By jesus phone, do you mean the iphone? as in 'Jesus, WHEN are they going to release cut and paste?'
#37
I just picked up an 8820 off ebay for £72. I am well chuffed with it, especially that FlyCast app that streams radio.
#38
Olumite7
I just picked up an 8820 off ebay for £72. I am well chuffed with it, especially that FlyCast app that streams radio.


thats well cheap, where did you get your radio application from? is it am as well?:w00t:
#39
murabi
thats well cheap, where did you get your radio application from? is it am as well?:w00t:


I downloaded the app from Blackberry App World (free).

The vast majority of the stations are american. however there are some BBC there too, but i havent really looked too deeply at what other uk stations are available. I would love to get 5live on it.

I run the app via wifi, apparently it works over 3g too. but the 8820 only has edge, so I didnt bother trying with that.

The sound quality is excellent.
#40
Olumite7
I downloaded the app from Blackberry App World (free).

The vast majority of the stations are american. however there are some BBC there too, but i havent really looked too deeply at what other uk stations are available. I would love to get 5live on it.

I run the app via wifi, apparently it works over 3g too. but the 8820 only has edge, so I didnt bother trying with that.

The sound quality is excellent.


Warning: if you're on the O2 Blackberry Unlimited plan they don't allow streaming for 3rd party apps via the blackberry.net proxy; it's forced through mobile.o2.co.uk and you get charged. Lots of people been caught out by this.

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