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    Question 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

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    So, after almost throwing my Pearl out the car window, I've decided to leave the shear frustration of having 2 letters on each button and almost no easy access to symbols. I am returning to the full qwerty keypad with the Curve.
    My question now is: What is the benefit of Wi-Fi besides TMO's Hot Spots (which I don't subscribe to)? TMO's EDGE network seems to be plenty fast for web surfing on the go, and I always have my laptop to use if Wi-Fi is available. I'm thinking about getting an unlocked 8310 which has built in GPS instead of Wi-Fi. I use a blue tooth GPS puck with my Pearl on a regular basis, and I think having it built into the phone would be pretty convenient. I'm just afraid there is an angle I'm not thinking of & I don't want to end up kicking myself for passing up Wi-Fi. What all do you guys use it for?

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~uma calling is the only true benfit to the 8320. $10 for unlimt calling is cool when it works. I work for tmo, I have a 8320 but would prefer the gps.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    The way i see it, if you use any data services (ie viigo, web browsing, etc) on your curve, wi-fi is so much better than edge. you can always add your bluetooth gps to the 8320, but you cant add wi-fi to a gps phone.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    I use my wifi for good service in my house. It's also good when you're using stuff like IRC, Viigo, and browsing the web at the same time in bed.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    WOW, thanks for such quick responses, especially in the middle of the night (2:00AM here)!
    Good points so far, better phone quality & internet multi-tasking (which I'd still probably just use my laptop). Isn't the UMA $10.00 monthly an introductory rate? I thought it went up to $20.00 after a while.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    They're both great devices, it really depends on what you're needs are and based on your OP it sounds like the unlocked 8310 would really suit you best as you use gps a lot.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    that's for the hotspot for t-mobile. Basically, if you use wifi to call people, it doesn't count as your minutes. I don't have it, but I still use wifi for service at my house.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    Wi-fi is for more than just making calls!! why do people keep saying that?? When browsing, the speed is at least 4 times faster than edge... AT LEAST! I use it to tether with my pc and its just a half step slower than my broadband speed! I use google maps for gps.
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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    rdills,
    I understand your point, and honestly if my macbook didn't have built-in Wi-Fi, the 8320 would be a no brainer. I love the features of Google maps, but the mobile version always seems to pick the worst possible route with no options to select a different one. At least it still free!

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    At a few places...the wifi uma calls is the only reason I have tmo...otherwise as much as I love them, I wouldn't have service. If you use things like viigo and im+, wifi data makes a HUGE difference in speed+time.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    OK...Can I please set the record straight with TMO and UMA calling...

    1) The extra cost associated with the Wifi is only if you want unlimited calling when using Wifi.
    2) Using any TMO hotspot is free with the Blackberry. It come pre-programmed with the TMO data in it and will connect to any TMO hotspot.
    3) You do not have to pay any extra for use of the Wifi.

    I love the wifi...if you ever travel anywhere and don't have TMO service, just find a wireless access point and you are good to go. I was in Jamaica and instead of making International calls, I connected to the hotels free wifi in the lobby and was making local calls to New York from Jamaica! It was awesome.

    hope that helps...

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    Quote Originally Posted by rdills View Post
    Wi-fi is for more than just making calls!! why do people keep saying that?? When browsing, the speed is at least 4 times faster than edge... AT LEAST! I use it to tether with my pc and its just a half step slower than my broadband speed! I use google maps for gps.
    Yep that's what I thought too.
    And I was right with T-mo EDGE.
    However that difference drops to nill compared to AT&T EDGE.
    I just switched my T-Mo 8320 to AT&T and WOW what a difference in network speed.
    I can't tell you how different it feels to FINALLY have a signal number one and to have a snappy browsing experience number two.
    I don't even turn the wifi on anymore.. just kind of useless.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    Wifi comes in handy if you are in Canada and you have a crappy data plan. When I'm in the office and at home, the BB receives email through Wifi therefore saving my data usage.

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    I prefer WI-Fi on my Curve especially the signal on my Apartment gives me only 1 bar to none all the time...Now that i have a wireless router, I got Full UMA Signal.

    For the GPS, Garmin Nuvi is with me

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    Re: 8320 vs. 8310... Why choose Wi-Fi?

    i would go with the GPS wifi seems pretty useless to me

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