Good bye to a classic, it was my 1st BB
ATT has officially stopped providing warranty support for the 8700c. My father has been a diehard 8700 user since its launch with ATT. His berries were supplied by his employer and he absolutely loved his 8700s. In fact, when he retired not too long ago, he started an ATT account and got an 8700 (even while the bold, 8800, curve and pearl were out).
Unfortunately, the trackwheel gave out a bit soon and he attempted to get a new one within the first 30 days. ATT explained that they no longer have access to 8700s, and the device is officially done. Its gone from the ATT website too.
So long 8700c.
the power of ebay will save you
My blackberry is anti-Obama Bin Llama
So how long with the other 8700's be around? There's the 8700g/r, 8703e, 8705g, 8707, and a few others I think.
Jzar here's some links from Google (if you load Blackberry 8700c trackwheel). There's more too! Let's keep your dad's precious Berry going
Last edited by Berryadict; 12-26-2008 at 12:14 AM.
8700 will be around for a l...o...n...g time, and it will be experiencing a "heyday" with the introduction of Bold, Flip, Storm, etc. Ebay prices on older BlackBerry models have plummeted, so the 87xx models are becoming very inexpensive. There was a similar huge drop in price on the 7290s when the Curve/Pearl models were introduced, and subsequently there are a lot of 7290s still in circulation.
One thing about the 87xx series: it has the look of the newer BlackBerries, so when you whip it out to fire off a text or make a call or check a website nobody but an extreme BlackBerry expert will know that your BB is "outdated"
Another point is that RIM has recently introduced OS 4.5 for the 8700 series, so it doesn't look like they're ready to let it drift into the past yet . . .
i shall do my best at salvaging his berry with those links. many thanks.
yeah well RIM needs to get their heads of out their a$$es adn release 4.5 for the 8703e then.
I dont get it!!!
I emailed then and complained, they said compare the models on RIMs website and I will see why, yeah well the 8703 actually had more capabilites. So I dont get it!!!
Stupid rim pisses me off somedays!
In my experience (which may be limited here), when RIM continues to update operating systems for handhelds that are "no longer available" like the 87xx series, they do so for GSM (SIM card) devices more than to Verizon, Sprint etc...I say my experience may be limited because I only observed this on the 87s and 72xx series. I don't remember seeing a lot of updates for the GSM 7100s-
It seems logical. I think they believe that GSM BlackBerrys will stay in use longer than others because all you have to do to "activate" a GSM phone is pop in your SIM card, where it's a little more of a pain to activate others.
However, in the 4.5 blackberry.alx there is specific coding for iden, so there may be a 4.5 on its way for your 8703 - but I wouldn't hold my breath. The 4.5 code may be just a re-write of the 4.2 and it wasn't removed . . . . .