Blackberry on a tight budget
Not a bad buy second hand but beaware that some units may have IT policies still on them.
The policies can range from everything working as normal to total lockdown just to e-mail.
When buying one from ebay contact the seller first and find out the following item:
1: Have they owned it from new? Might sound needless but if they havn't they might be trying to shift a locked down handset.
2: Ask seller if its unlocked. Yes you can use another networks chip but you won't be able to use its own browser if its a branded handset as the network settings are locked to that provider, and beware of vodafone units, the browser and mms won't work on pay as you go. (not sure of other networks as only reviewing the 8700v here)
3: Firmware. When upgrading the firmware don't panic when after the device reboots when finished it can take upto an hour for it to finalise everything. If after an hour the hourglass is still on screen, remove battery for 2 minutes and reinsert. (more information on the web at http://forums.crackberry.com)
4: IMEI check the sticker on the back matches up with the one in firmware *#06# on the keypad will check this. This could be innocent like replaceing the housing from a damaged/worn one, check with the seller if this is the case but don't actually ask was the shell changed, as if they don't say straight away it could be dodgey.
5: Internet. Remember if your buying one to pop your contract chip in, contact your provider to see if they do a special blackberry plan as they are data intensive and if you got your work emails being pushed to the handset without a decent data plan you bill will be HUGE!!!
Easy to use
If it comes with the holster use it, it locks the phone automaticly.
Google mobile maps support with external bluetooth receiver.
Standard usb interface
No pay as you go support (but can be worked around for internet using opera mini and chaning the tcp settings to APN:pp.vodafone.co.uk Username: wap Password: wap )
No memory expansion slot
Bluetooth takes getting used to
No internal GPS
21 of 22 people found this review helpful.
Good Buisness Phone, Somtimes a Pain Second Hand
Right, Where do i start.
Well the blackberry 8700G is an all round excellent business phone. it incorporates all the things you would need weather that be e-mailing, text messaging and so forth. i purchased my blackberry of ebay second hand for about £32 which is a very decent price for a 8700G, i got it because i needed a business solution while incorporating it in to everyday life.
Bad Things About The Phone and Why Bad Things About Buying Off Ebay Second Hand.
Bad Things about the phone? you ask? well for me none the only problem is the keys can be small for a people with slightly larger fingers. also i am reviewing the phone on the 4.2 OS, where it adds many features including Bluetooth File Transfer and a few extra themes
Buying Off Ebay.
Problem with the Blackberry's is that if you are a business user often the company will activate the phones PIN with there company/carrier for business features like instant email and server access, but when it comes to selling many of the seller out there don't realize it still been activated and thus cannot activate with our own servers and then you get the annoying Data Service Unavailable or something like that and there i no way to get rid of it unless you upgrade to another OS and thus it needs to be activated again. what you will need to do is get the seller to get in contact with the company or the carrier to deactivate the pin so then you can reactivate with your company. but if its not activated you dont get the web and some features, not to worry though change the phones APN and your ready to go and browsing the net and have the web features.
Screen Quality: 10/10 (forgot the mention the screen is very high quality)
Sound: 8/10 (sound volume seems to have dropped a little but 10/10 if on 4.1 OS)
Thanks For Reading and i hope this gives you a little inside into the blackberry 8700G
37 of 38 people found this review helpful.
BlackBerry 8700V (Vodafone Branded Device)
Like many of us in the world today I have had a cellphone for many years and after a few years I abandoned my trusty Nokia and became a BlackBerry convert. I started off with the BlackBerry 7230 a few years ago and traded up to the BlackBerry 8310 Curve for it's improved features (Camera, Videocamera, Media Player & Google Maps) over the 7230.
Sadly my 8310 has recently had a minor mishap and my cellular provider refused to aid me in rectifying it, I tried to go back to my original BlackBerry but this proved difficult as there are major differences between the models.
The 8310 Curve Handsets are available on eBay but they're either locked to a specific network or they're pretty expensive so as I needed a newer BlackBerry urgently I settled on the 8700 which is a BlackBerry I've had at Work for some time.
When you compare the 8700v with earlier devices it is instantly recognizable as a BlackBerry (with the QWERTY keyboard and a wide screen) although much more modern and it comes in a metallic gray finish as opposed to earlier devices that were either Black or Blue. The lack of a camera or even a media player is a little surprising given that the BlackBerry 81xx (Pearl) or the 83xx (Curve) both have these features but this doesn't detract from the appeal of the device.
It is pretty lightweight at 134g and is just 110mm x 69.5mm x 19.5mm. With these specifications, you will know exactly how the phone will look and feel and even how much will it weigh without actually holding one. The 8700v also boasts a multi-coloured LED at the top right hand-side corner of the phone which can be used to indicate the exact status of this device. If you have the habit of just looking at the phone to see if you have received any calls or emails, then you can very easily colour-code for missed calls, SMS, etc .
Having been a longtime BlackBerry user I would suggest to anyone thinking of purchasing a similar device that a screen protector would definitely serve the purpose and keep your phone screen free from any kind of scratches.
All in all if you can't justify the expense of a 83xx Curve sim-free or cannot switch your cellular contract then I would very much recommend purchasing the 8700V as it is a dependable workhorse of a BlackBerry and the rugged construction will ensure it lasts you quite some time..
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Solid built Blackberry but has a serious flaw
The 8700G was my next BB after the 7290. By comparison it had a nice chunky feel and better screen and keyboard. During its life the BB software was upgraded to handle HTML so the screens appeared even better then.
Battery life is very good (many days) but I extended mine even further with a thicker battery and back cover bought on ebay.
The serious flaw is that the mouse wheel (which many users like more than the new BB mouse pads) breaks after a while. With very heavy daily use of emails my first 8700G mouse wheel gave up within warranty, the warranty replacement 8700G gave up after a similar period with the same fault - but they would not provide a replacement this time.
This flaw is the reason I needed to buy a used 8700G on ebay, but at the price I bought it (about £20) if it only lasts a year, or acts just as a spare to a newer model (always keep a spare, I've used mine multiple times) then the £20 would be well worth it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Reliable phone and great value for money
| Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
|Ease of use|
|Value for money|
While the phone lacks features, it is one of the most reliable I have owned. It has survived a motorbike accident unscathed, and was still working after "falling" out and upstairs window, albeit with minor damage to the plastic screen cover.
It never dropped a call. It's battery life lasted me about 6 days between charges and as it charges via micro-usb, it's never too hard to find somewhere to charge it.
In terms of features, it can do very basic web browsing, and supports very few blackberry apps. No camera. No removable storage so is not suitable for playing music or video. It does however support Blackberry messenger allowing cheap communication with other blackberry phones.
When considering value for money, I got my phone second hand for under £20 in a "like new" condition. A friend of mine purchased a new £20 unbranded qwerty keypad phone. Their phone lasted them a matter of months and regularly dropped calls and failed to send texts. I had no such problem.
All in all, this phone is brilliant for people who solely wish to text, make calls, receive emails and can sometimes be less than delicate with their phone. If your looking for a phone which does more than this, this probably is not the phone for you.