Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 32 reviews

If you do not leave the Canada or the United States regularly, then the BlackBerry 8830 Curve will be of little interest.

The big claim to fame for the thin, but larger, BlackBerry 8830 is that it can be used throughout Europe. For you stuffy Globetrotters who need the best in phone technology, you’ll appreciate the 2.5 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display and the now iconic full and fully contoured QWERTY keypad.

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Quite frankly, the big selling point of this particular BlackBerry is its dual-mode functionality, the ability to switch between CDMA and GSM, an issue relevant only when one travels internationally.

For the rest of you, you’ll find that other BlackBerry phones offer far more in features and functionality, such as the absent camera on this device, and a smaller overall phone footprint. That said, the 8830 comes with BlackBerry maps, media player, organizer, document viewer, voice dial, speakerphone and other mid-range features.

Clearly, this BlackBerry is trying to fill a niche for perhaps military and international travelers, but offering little incentive for the general consumer.


Specs summary

Screen
No

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition's screen is Unknown with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.

Processor
312MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time, 180 minutes (2G).


Prices (Where to Buy)


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Resources


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Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 32 reviews

If you do not leave the Canada or the United States regularly, then the BlackBerry 8830 Curve will be of little interest.

The big claim to fame for the thin, but larger, BlackBerry 8830 is that it can be used throughout Europe. For you stuffy Globetrotters who need the best in phone technology, you’ll appreciate the 2.5 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display and the now iconic full and fully contoured QWERTY keypad.

Show more

Quite frankly, the big selling point of this particular BlackBerry is its dual-mode functionality, the ability to switch between CDMA and GSM, an issue relevant only when one travels internationally.

For the rest of you, you’ll find that other BlackBerry phones offer far more in features and functionality, such as the absent camera on this device, and a smaller overall phone footprint. That said, the 8830 comes with BlackBerry maps, media player, organizer, document viewer, voice dial, speakerphone and other mid-range features.

Clearly, this BlackBerry is trying to fill a niche for perhaps military and international travelers, but offering little incentive for the general consumer.

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The user interface might seem a bit vast and archaic

from MobileBurn (8 years ago)

There is no denying that the RIM BlackBerry 8830 is a nice device, especially for CDMA users that need to leave North America. It is modern looking, yet still offers the same smartphone functionality and the push email system of the older BlackBerry phones. Its user interface might seem a bit vast a... More

There is no denying that the RIM BlackBerry 8830 is a nice device, especially for CDMA users that need to leave North America. It is modern looking, yet still offers the same smartphone functionality and the push email system of the older BlackBerry phones. Its user interface might seem a bit vast and archaic to the uninitiated, but I think that the typical road warrior will manage to adapt to it quickly enough. But RIM still has a long way to go before it can expect mass acceptance of their phones by Joe Consumer.

With that said, I still think that the 8830 is a good phone. Save for a camera, it has the basic multimedia capabilities that people want, it is fairly compact, and offers great text input and a novel trackball for navigation. I give it a "Recommended" rating. If you are looking for something a little more compact, with a camera, check out RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8300, a device that I like even more.

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Good basic BlackBerry

(2 years ago)

I got this BlackBerry from Ebay. It didn't came with a SIM card which wasn't a loss. It's a good phone for both email and social networking and the fact is that it's CDMA. I don't care for the camera or any of the bells and whistles that come with newer phones nowadays. The call quality is clear... More

I got this BlackBerry from Ebay. It didn't came with a SIM card which wasn't a loss. It's a good phone for both email and social networking and the fact is that it's CDMA. I don't care for the camera or any of the bells and whistles that come with newer phones nowadays. The call quality is clear and the push email is fantastic. Highly recommended.

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10/10

We LOVE the Blackberry 8830...

from Amazon (7 years ago)

We LOVE the Blackberry 8830, especially for its multitudinous settings. It does have a few issues, but compared to the previous 10 different mobile phones we've had over the years, we are very happy with this model. This USA model is unique and we also appreciate its World Wide International feat... More

We LOVE the Blackberry 8830, especially for its multitudinous settings. It does have a few issues, but compared to the previous 10 different mobile phones we've had over the years, we are very happy with this model. This USA model is unique and we also appreciate its World Wide International feature. We have no need for a camera or video phone because we use separate devices for that purpose. It does have a music feature, but we rarely use it because cell phone sound quality does not compare to using an iPod with portable Bose speaker. Since nothing in life rarely stays the same, we expect the future - newer 8830 model to improve. Hence, this design is only a beginning to even better devices in phone evolution. N.B. We use an extended-life battery; keep the backlight to the lowest setting possible; clean cache regularly; and use basic business applications that are not left running in the background, which greatly increases time usage.

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10/10

This is for the Treo and Q users...Are you kidding me?!

from Amazon (7 years ago)

Let me get this straight. You rather use a phone that takes forever to charge, with tiny keys, with an os that crashes, a bulky battery over the 8830 Blackberry? SERIOUSLY The 8830 Blackberry is the slimmest to date with the most stable os in the business. The email capablities are legendary. Th... More

Let me get this straight. You rather use a phone that takes forever to charge, with tiny keys, with an os that crashes, a bulky battery over the 8830 Blackberry? SERIOUSLY The 8830 Blackberry is the slimmest to date with the most stable os in the business. The email capablities are legendary. The screen has improved a 1000%. And now that Sprint has a 3G network its even faster. Heres what I don't like: There's not a camera. But I dont know what everyone is talking about I get my pictures fine. Maybe because the os has gotten an upgrade now. Being a designer I have to have a better camera than a pictures froma camera phone. No biggie. No wifi...to compete with verizon and apple we implore you, add it. I love the screen, GPS and now I'm able to get itunes on my phone! and it feels good in my hand. Very cool. I LOVE my Blackberry.

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10/10

GORGEOUS!

from Amazon (8 years ago)

I love this phone! I've had it since it launched. It's beautiful, my calls are clear, I get few if any dropped calls. I am running several third party apps such as standalone messengers, GPS etc. and hands free voice app (I know that it came with one, I decided to go with a 3rd party app that I like... More

I love this phone! I've had it since it launched. It's beautiful, my calls are clear, I get few if any dropped calls. I am running several third party apps such as standalone messengers, GPS etc. and hands free voice app (I know that it came with one, I decided to go with a 3rd party app that I liked more). The only reasons that I don't give it 5 stars are: 1. battery life 2. I would like my programs to run from my card more smoothly so that I don't need to encumber the main memory. Oh, and 3. my major pet peeve is the ringtone VOLUME...it's negligible. The Classic Phone ringtone is loudest and is the primary one that I use. Music Ringtones play loudly via the Media interface but as actual ringtones, they are barely audible.

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8/10

Overall, this is a great blackberry that I would d...

from Pricegrabber (8 years ago)

Strengths: world edition, sim card expandable to use when traveling, awesome mouse scroll navigation, full qwerty keyboard Weaknesses: cannot use speakerphone for ringtone so sometimes ringtone is not heard Using experience: 2 days Overall, this is a great blackberry that I would definitely recom... More

Strengths: world edition, sim card expandable to use when traveling, awesome mouse scroll navigation, full qwerty keyboard Weaknesses: cannot use speakerphone for ringtone so sometimes ringtone is not heard Using experience: 2 days Overall, this is a great blackberry that I would definitely recommend to users. Email and data is fast and I just love the mouse ball scroll option. The only negatives really are that the ringtone volume can be low even when it is set to max and as of yet i have not found a way to raise it. Other then that I have had no problems while using this device and it has definitely lived up to its expectations.The blackberry browser is somewhat limited, so feel free to upgrade to opera mini. Lets me use a lot more sites that way.

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10/10

Horrible Bluetooth Signal; Otherwise Tolerable

from Amazon (8 years ago)

I switched from the Verizon Q to the BBerry 8830 because I wanted the push email (which is probably protected by some absurd patent) and because the OS is supposed to be more stable. Now, I want my good old Q back. Overall, I had some minor complaints and one very major complaint: the bluetooth ha... More

I switched from the Verizon Q to the BBerry 8830 because I wanted the push email (which is probably protected by some absurd patent) and because the OS is supposed to be more stable. Now, I want my good old Q back. Overall, I had some minor complaints and one very major complaint: the bluetooth has a very weak signal, especially for the person on the other end. I pretty much have to hold the phone 1 ft from my head. Sure sometimes it will seem to work 10' away, but I can't get a clear signal with the phone in my pocket or in the passenger seat of the car. I tried two different H700 headsets and a Plantronics Voyager 510 and even returned my original 8830 to Verizon for a new phone. Googling for "Blackberry weak bluetooth signal" it sounds like other people have the same problem. Since I'm now stuck with a $450 phone that doesn't do what I need it to do, I have hard time appreciating the good features, but since I already gave the worst possible review (Bluetooth is very important for me), here is the full picture: Pro: +4 Push email (apparently only available on the BBerry) +4 Good battery life (Q was a joke without buying the bigger battery) +2 Sleek, solid design +2 Stable OS (compared to Microsoft-based Q) Con: -10 Horrible Bluetooth signal -2 Average sound quality -2 Weirdly shaped keys make it harder to type on than the Q -2 Can't use me Bluetooth headset to listen to sound files -1 No camera, although I'll gladly trade camera for better battery life -1 Kept hitting the talk button accidentally until I figured out how to move the "Lock" icon to the top row So if you like the handsfree option, avoid this phone at all costs. Otherwise, it's not bad.

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2/10

Keyboard buttons different / Former 8700 and earlier should read for detailed differences GREAT GPS

from Amazon (8 years ago)

We're loyal BB users and have been for some time and from every carrier from the Nextel 7290 ( a dimwit's Mensa application is brighter than that old screen) to a GSM 8700 model. Lighter than an 8700, brighter, louder, clearer and much faster bandwidth. BUT..... The thumbwheel used for scrolling... More

We're loyal BB users and have been for some time and from every carrier from the Nextel 7290 ( a dimwit's Mensa application is brighter than that old screen) to a GSM 8700 model. Lighter than an 8700, brighter, louder, clearer and much faster bandwidth. BUT..... The thumbwheel used for scrolling and "Enter/Select" is replaced with the center thumball, trackball whatever you want to call it. You tilt it to move the cursor and press it in to execute the command/Enter. The other thumb button below the thumbwheel (thumb if you're right handed, if your left handed then you have been outlawed by RIMM and the Canadian Govt) is also gone and has been split into two more front buttons with the back/return feature replaced by the boomerang arrow which is between the Red Call Cancel and joystick. The Cancel/Escape feature has been moved to the other new front button between the Green Call and center trackball. Thumbwheel has been replaced by a rocker switch more closer to the rocker switch on the left side of a Motorola Razr on and is also used for volume control. UNLIKE THE 8700, THE TWO NEW FRONT BUTTONS CAN'T BE REASSIGNED OR AT LEAST CAN'T BE REASSIGNED OUT OF THE BOX, IF THERE IS AN ADD ON APP TO CONFIGURE THOSE TWO NEW FRONT BUTTONS THAN PLEASE SHARE. The left side convenience button is manageable and default setting is for voice dial. The 8800 series keyboard is a dramatic difference from the 8700 because unlike the 8700 and most BB models before it, the keys aren't separated by blank space and this made it harder to type. Prior BB's (except Pearls) have segregated keys and are forgiving even if you have overly large finger tips since each key is distinctly separated by blank space. The 8800 is more like a tight laptop keyboard where all keys are buttressing, now they are beveled on the edges but it took just a few minutes for us to become accustomed to it. If you don't like buttressed keys then definitely spend ample time evaluating the keyboard in the store before committing to the 8800. The screen is a scratch magnet !!! Even with gingerly treatment we've already blemished our screens and this will irk those who want to keep their phone perfect especially for resale value. BUT, a standard piece of clear packing tape will fit perfectly across the face w/o covering up the ear piece or intruding on the center button. Then take a sharp razor and carefully slice between the silver and black face plate to trim off the tape. Do this as a permanent measure or temporarily until you can find the perfect case and screen protector. IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT TAPE RESIDUE REST ASSURED SOME ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL 70% OR GREATER SOAKED ONTO A PAPER TOWEL REMOVES ANY TAPE RESIDUE AFTER REMOVING THE CLEAR TAPE AND WILL DO SO WITHOUT MARRING THE SURFACE. It is worth investing in a glove type case like the silicone skin sold by RIMM Blackberry 8800 8830 OEM Black Silicone Flexi-Skin Case Cover Skin but it may not fit well with the included case. We use silicone cases with Nextel mil-spec ballistic nylon case and everything fits nicely (albeit isn't fashionable and the biggest BB nylon belt case you can buy)NASCAR NEXTEL Rugged Nylon Pouch Case NTZ0901NNCS That center joystick replaces the thumbwheel, this was the hardest adoption curve for us. TIP: Set the sensitivity of the center joystick ball to the lowest level of 20 until you get used to it then start upgrading the sensitivity. We've read the other reviews which consistently describe the phones mic as less than standard and we mentioned this to the Sprint Rep. they described this as known issue and said that RIMM has addressed the issue. Whether or not this is true, or if our friends and associates are just tolerant -we haven't experienced the issue in several hundred calls so the Sprint Reps statement seems to have some creedence. Regarding the network , I tend to describe and compare cellular networks with a grain of salt since each network has better coverage in different geographical areas, but ours is performing well in most major and secondary urban markets. The bandwidth is superb, this is an EVDO-Rev 0 phone instead of the faster EVDO-Rev A. Most people don't require the faster network since most people don't use cell phones for full web browsing instead of a traditional computer browser. We've used it to tether data and we're getting consistent 300kbs throughput in the urban supported broadband areas, just like other data lines and cellular calls the bandwidth will slow down during peak usage such as rush hour where two or more highways cross over since the network tries to balance the network and give everyone a chance to use their phone. Data users are impacted by decreased bandwidth and will eventually be dropped if the network becomes extremely congested and you've been tethering longer than others. TIP / Avoid using the Sprint Connection Manager when tethered and just create a new Dial Up Networking Connection using the native Windows function and set the tether as the "modem" and the phone number as #777. No user ID or password and you'll have less dropped data calls because the Sprint Connection Manager will transmit usage data to the Sprint network and they drop data calls based on profiles. If you don't believe this, just start a data call and fire up a packet sniffer like WireShark or TCPView.exe with logging and you'll see odd UDP packets to a Sprint server even if you've disabled all the applications which would normally transmit data. We didn't see these packets when using the #777 option and our calls lasted longer w/o dropping. The GPS is superb ! You have to download the software and agree to some rates but Springs current $99.99 all you can eat package covers it so just accept the agreements and start using it. THE GPS works inside and is extremely accurate for locating your current position. The included case is the nicest case we've ever seen included with a cell phone, it is a leather or high quality leather imitation which is well cushioned and has a decent clip. The flap is a magnetic one and this is comparable to any premium executive model belt case. The GPS functions are two different applications which are independent of eachother, the TeleAtlas which downloads map data directly from Google Maps with an internal GPS antenna so it taks signal indoors like a TomTom and other next gen GPS recievers. It can search for business by name and provide address and telephone info or street addresses then select the "Navigate To" feature and the BB will begin routing you to the destination. The TeleAtlas app doesn't offers map only data without the Terrain or Satellite mode which displays the actual trees and roads but you can download this utility directly from Google. The TeleAtlas application seems to be without a voice prompt feature but the TeleNav subscription service from Sprint offers this. TeleNav is another excellent GPS application offering address and business lookup but also can be used to quickly select points of contact from your address book then just selecting the record as your destination. It has more features such as "Avoid Traffic" that tries to aggregate known data such as rush hour and real time traffic info (if available in your area) to divert you from accident scenes and road construction. We tested the GPS against a Garmin eMap and NavMan PiN PocketPC version and not exactly equal since the other two require line of sight to the sky for signal / the BlackBerry displayed accurate locational, current speed and time and distance to go data to every destination. The most notable missing feature from both BlackBerry GPS applications was an "avoid road" feature, the basic capability to click a road on a GPS map and force the unit and navigation to avoid the road at all costs or for a certain distance is very helpful when taking a route that is blocked by road construction or trying to drive somewhere on a Sunday morning when the streets are closed because of marathon. IF THIS FEATURE EXISTS, please comment on our review and share the details. Subscription GPS is slowly gaining predominance as the busines model instead of buying a unit then downloading sporadic updates like most popular units and the advantages of regular data updates are clear and compelling. At the time of this writing, Sprint is offering a $99 "all you can eat" rate plan and the normal $12.99 monthly TeleNav service is included. A point of hesitance for using phone GPS is the smaller screens, although the BB is smallest of the three we've ever used, it is just as vivid and brighter and crisp or better than all we've ever seen. It earns our five stars and this is good mobdel for the BB loyal, if you want a touchscreen or camera and other features commonly found on smart phones than this isn't for you, but the Ferarri F-40 didn't include an air conditioner or stereo and it is still revered as a performance machine.

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10/10

Keyboard buttons takes little getting used to / Former 8700 and earlier should read for detailed differences.

from Amazon (8 years ago)

We're loyal BB users and have been for some time and from every carrier from the Nextel 7290 ( a dimwit's Mensa application is brighter than that old screen) to a GSM 8700 model. Lighter than an 8700, brighter, louder, clearer and much faster bandwidth. BUT..... The thumbwheel used for scrolling... More

We're loyal BB users and have been for some time and from every carrier from the Nextel 7290 ( a dimwit's Mensa application is brighter than that old screen) to a GSM 8700 model. Lighter than an 8700, brighter, louder, clearer and much faster bandwidth. BUT..... The thumbwheel used for scrolling and "Enter/Select" is replaced with the center thumball, trackball whatever you want to call it. You tilt it to move the cursor and press it in to execute the command/Enter. The other thumb button below the thumbwheel (thumb if you're right handed, if your left handed then you have been outlawed by RIMM and the Canadian Govt) is also gone and has been split into two more front buttons with the back/return feature replaced by the boomerang arrow which is between the Red Call Cancel and joystick. The Cancel/Escape feature has been moved to the other new front button between the Green Call and center trackball. Thumbwheel has been replaced by a rocker switch more closer to the rocker switch on the left side of a Motorola Razr on and is also used for volume control. UNLIKE THE 8700, THE TWO NEW FRONT BUTTONS CAN'T BE REASSIGNED OR AT LEAST CAN'T BE REASSIGNED OUT OF THE BOX, IF THERE IS AN ADD ON APP TO CONFIGURE THOSE TWO NEW FRONT BUTTONS THAN PLEASE SHARE. The left side convenience button is manageable and default setting is for voice dial. The 8800 series keyboard is a dramatic difference from the 8700 because unlike the 8700 and most BB models before it, the keys aren't separated by blank space and this made it harder to type. Prior BB's (except Pearls) have segregated keys and are forgiving even if you have overly large finger tips since each key is distinctly separated by blank space. The 8800 is more like a tight laptop keyboard where all keys are buttressing, now they are beveled on the edges but it took just a few minutes for us to become accustomed to it. If you don't like buttressed keys then definitely spend ample time evaluating the keyboard in the store before committing to the 8800. The screen is a scratch magnet !!! Even with gingerly treatment we've already blemished our screens and this will irk those who want to keep their phone perfect especially for resale value. BUT, a standard piece of clear packing tape will fit perfectly across the face w/o covering up the ear piece or intruding on the center button. Then take a sharp razor and carefully slice between the silver and black face plate to trim off the tape. Do this as a permanent measure or temporarily until you can find the perfect case and screen protector. IF YOU'RE WORRIED ABOUT TAPE RESIDUE REST ASSURED SOME ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL 70% OR GREATER SOAKED ONTO A PAPER TOWEL REMOVES ANY TAPE RESIDUE AFTER REMOVING THE CLEAR TAPE AND WILL DO SO WITHOUT MARRING THE SURFACE. It is worth investing in a glove type case like the silicone skin sold by RIMM Blackberry 8800 8830 OEM Black Silicone Flexi-Skin Case Cover Skin but it may not fit well with the included case. We use silicone cases with Nextel mil-spec ballistic nylon case and everything fits nicely (albeit isn't fashionable and the biggest BB nylon belt case you can buy)NASCAR NEXTEL Rugged Nylon Pouch Case NTZ0901NNCS That center joystick replaces the thumbwheel, this was the hardest adoption curve for us. TIP: Set the sensitivity of the center joystick ball to the lowest level of 20 until you get used to it then start upgrading the sensitivity. We've read the other reviews which consistently describe the phones mic as less than standard and we mentioned this to the Sprint Rep. they described this as known issue and said that RIMM has addressed the issue. Whether or not this is true, or if our friends and associates are just tolerant -we haven't experienced the issue in several hundred calls so the Sprint Reps statement seems to have some creedence. Regarding the network , I tend to describe and compare cellular networks with a grain of salt since each network has better coverage in different geographical areas, but ours is performing well in most major and secondary urban markets. The bandwidth is superb, this is an EVDO-Rev 0 phone instead of the faster EVDO-Rev A. Most people don't require the faster network since most people don't use cell phones for full web browsing instead of a traditional computer browser. We've used it to tether data and we're getting consistent 300kbs throughput in the urban supported broadband areas, just like other data lines and cellular calls the bandwidth will slow down during peak usage such as rush hour where two or more highways cross over since the network tries to balance the network and give everyone a chance to use their phone. Data users are impacted by decreased bandwidth and will eventually be dropped if the network becomes extremely congested and you've been tethering longer than others. TIP / Avoid using the Sprint Connection Manager when tethered and just create a new Dial Up Networking Connection using the native Windows function and set the tether as the "modem" and the phone number as #777. No user ID or password and you'll have less dropped data calls because the Sprint Connection Manager will transmit usage data to the Sprint network and they drop data calls based on profiles. If you don't believe this, just start a data call and fire up a packet sniffer like WireShark or TCPView.exe with logging and you'll see odd UDP packets to a Sprint server even if you've disabled all the applications which would normally transmit data. We didn't see these packets when using the #777 option and our calls lasted longer w/o dropping. The GPS is superb ! You have to download the software and agree to some rates but Springs current $99.99 all you can eat package covers it so just accept the agreements and start using it. THE GPS works inside and is extremely accurate for locating your current position. The included case is the nicest case we've ever seen included with a cell phone, it is a leather or high quality leather imitation which is well cushioned and has a decent clip. The flap is a magnetic one and this is comparable to an executive model belt case. It earns our five stars and this is good model for the BB loyal, if you want a touchscreen or camera and other features commonly found on smart phones than this isn't for you, but the Ferarri F-40 didn't include an air conditioner or stereo and it is still revered as a performance machine.

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10/10

Great phone

from Amazon (8 years ago)

This phone is great; it handles all of my e-mail addresses seamlessly, my address book is large, custom phone tunes, easy to use media player with large access via card, etc.. etc.. Best of all, world edition UNLOCKED. Travel around, buy a SIM, throw it in--I can go anywhere. Unlike other carriers... More

This phone is great; it handles all of my e-mail addresses seamlessly, my address book is large, custom phone tunes, easy to use media player with large access via card, etc.. etc.. Best of all, world edition UNLOCKED. Travel around, buy a SIM, throw it in--I can go anywhere. Unlike other carriers 8830's which are locked to Vodaphone or another foreign company. This also has a wide array of third-party applications which work well, some of which are actually enjoyable. In addition, the net coverage is quite quick. Overall, this is a great phone with wonderful sound quality, coverage, features and it is also surprisingly durable.

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10/10

Great email functionality ... Sprint customer service is hit & miss

from Amazon (8 years ago)

Albeit, it was a learning curve for me as this was my first "smart phone". I won't go into all the details of what it took to get this phone to fully function correctly (some me, some Sprint). I've had to deal with Sprint on a few occasions for issues ranging from: 1) I'm no longer receiving email... More

Albeit, it was a learning curve for me as this was my first "smart phone". I won't go into all the details of what it took to get this phone to fully function correctly (some me, some Sprint). I've had to deal with Sprint on a few occasions for issues ranging from: 1) I'm no longer receiving email 2) Internet function is not working (but email was) 3) The device would not power down 4) Cannot power the device Depending upon whom I spoke to of course I received what I would rate overall as below average customer service. I've also had to replace the phone after 9 months use due to the power input breaking off ... They did replace the phone for $55 (I didn't purchase the optional insurance), remember to back-up your device! Luckily, I had just a week or so ago. Restore worked perfectly. What I do like (a lot!) 1) Speakerphone (loud and clear) 2) Internet is usually reliable and crisp response 3) Good variety of applications available for all different needs 4) Desktop Manager easy to use - backup, load apps and media 5) Fit and finish of device Blackberry network was down once since I've had it, I didn't occur any major interruption. I sync three email accounts, two personal and one work, this I think is one of the devices (Blackberry) strong points, configuration and delivery is seemless. Also, attachments, pdfs, ms office files, adobe... display easily and quickly.

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6/10