4.2.07

What's a Fly on a Wire?

A WireFly! (Ok, I know that sounds like a kiddie joke you might find on a popsicle stick after you've eaten the popsicle, but I always kinda liked those. Reminds me of popsicles in the summer.)

There is something I want to know, though. Why are cell phones so dang expensive? I think I paid something like $300.00 for the one I have now. I wish I could've found a place to buy it cheaper before I went to my cellular provider. You know, some people are good at finding deals on everything. I can find really good deals on shoes. That's about it. Cell phones are just out of my territory.

For instance, I could've gotten:


BlackBerry Pearl w/ myFaves
The super-slim, ultra-light BlackBerry Pearl for T-Mobile is the next class of BlackBerry device. Like all BlackBerry devices, the Pearl provides possibly the best on-the-go email solution for mobile professionals. But this new BlackBerry includes a good camera, a built-in music player and Bluetooth. Plus, you'll be amazed at the speed and accuracy of the SureType® QWERTY keyboard. And, best of all, this BlackBerry weighs in at a scant 3.2 ounces and is razor-thin- the smallest of its class.


Highlights

* 2-Letters Per Key Design Is Compact And Fast, SureType Predictive Entry
* myFaves Compatible Device With a myFaves Plan
* Powerful on-the-go email solution when used with T-Mobile BlackBerry Plans or Plan Add-on Features
* Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
* Viewer Software With Word, Excel, PowerPoint
* 1.3 Megapixel Camera and MP3 Music Player Built-in
* HTML Browsing For Full Internet Experience
* Large, Beautiful Color Display
* First U.S. BlackBerry With Built-in Voice-activated Dialing

What's In The Box With The Phone

* Additional Items Included - USB Cable, CD-ROM Software, Wall Charger, Battery, Ear Bud

Advanced Features

* Digital Camera - 1.3 MegaPixels (1280 x 1040 Pixel Resolution Max), Flash, 5x Digital Zoom
* Streaming Multimedia Support - Supports Video Playback of MPEG4 and H.263 Files
* MP3 Player - Yes, Supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB File Formats
* Attachment Viewing (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) - Yes, Open Word, Excel and PowerPoint files attached to emails
* Bluetooth Wireless Technology - Yes, v2.0 With Headset, Handsfree and Serial Port Profile Support
* QWERTY Keyboard - Yes, Advanced SureType Design Is Compact And Fast
* Data Capable / Use This Phone As A Modem - Yes
* PC Synchronization - Yes, Seamlessly Synchronize Your Address Book, Calendar and Email With Your PC

Messaging Features

* Mobile Web Browsing - Industry-best Full HTML Web browsing, One-touch Access, Bookmarks, BlackBerry Maps Support
* Multimedia Messaging - Yes
* Text Messaging (SMS) - Yes, Plus Group Messaging
* Email Client - Amazing "Push" Real-time Email, Integrate w/ Up To 10 Accounts, Business-secure, POP3, IMAP, SMTP
* Instant Messenger Built-in - Yes, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk Pre-loaded

Personalization and Fun Features

* Polyphonic Ringtones - Yes, 32 Chords, Downloadable
* MP3 Ringtones - Yes, MP3 Real Music Ringtones Supported, Downloadable
* Ringer Profiles - Yes
* Picture Caller ID - Yes
* Games - Yes, Downloadable Java Titles
* Customizable Graphics - Yes, Downloadable

Core Features

* Color Main Display - 240 x 260 Pixels, Over 65,000 Colors Displayed
* Color - Black and Silver
* Style - Candybar
* Warranty - BlackBerry Factory Warranty
* Speakerphone - Yes
* Voice-activated Dialing - Yes, First BlackBerry Phone With Voice-activated Dialing Built-in
* To-Do List - Yes
* Standard 2.5mm Headset Jack - Yes, Stereo Support
* Alarm - Yes
* Calculator - Yes
* Calendar - Yes
* Mini-USB Port - Yes
* Vibrate - Yes
* TTY Compatible - Yes

Battery Life

* Battery Type - Li Ion
* Talk Time - Up to 210 Minutes
* Standby Time - Up to 360 Hours

Technical Specifications

* Application Platform - Java
* Platform / Operating System - BlackBerry OS with Intel XScale Processor
* Data Download Speed - EDGE (Up to 144 Kbps)
* Network Compatibility - GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
* Compatible Carrier - T-Mobile
* Ringtone Types Supported - MP3, MIDI
* Internationally Compatible - Yes
* Predictive Text Entry - Yes, SureType Predictive Text Entry
* Built-In Memory - 64 MB, Plus Online Photo Storage
* Expandable Memory Capacity - MicroSD Card Format Compatible
* Dimensions - 4.0 in x 2.0 in x 0.6 in
* Weight - 3.2 oz

Compatibility Features

* Device Supports Voice Plans - Yes
* Available For Purchase Without Service Plan - Yes
* Device Supports T-Mobile Data Add-on Features - Yes
* Device Supports T-Mobile Blackberry Features - Yes
* Device Supports T-Mobile MyFaves Plans - Yes


Ok, that is way cooler than the phone I have and there's a $50.00 rebate on it if you go with a plan from T-Mobile. (I can't help it. I just love new technology thingies.)

I have Sprint service and I could've gotten a Blackberry with my service for $99.99 dollars after the rebate! A Blackberry for 100 bucks? Wow.

This is similar to the phone I have now, except it's newer and has more features.

Remember that I said I paid about $300.00 for it? Well, I could've gotten it on Wirefly for free with a service plan. I've been with Sprint for about 10 years now, so signing a new service plan would be nothing. Here is the page on Wirefly to see all the Sprint phones, but if you click on this link you can shop cell phones by provider or brand name. Pretty cool. Yes?

Wirefly.com is the #1 seller of cell phones and wireless plans and since I've been perusing the website, I can see why! The next time I buy a cell phone I'm going to check there first!




This post is sponsored by Wirefly.com.

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