06-14-2011 11:20 PM
I've been reading rumors online about the new BlackBerry Monaco, which is now dubbed 9850 (or Torch2). I recently saw that Sprint is scheduled to receive the device later this summer. So, I was wondering if it is typical for devices to be released only to specific carriers or if the Torch2 may be available on something besides Sprint? (ie, Verizon)
I'm guessing not because I do not think that Verizon carries the Torch device at all. I've been waiting patiently to upgrade my phone and I thought the Monaco/9850/Torch2, might be a great replacement for my Storm2, but I'm not willing to switch to Sprint to get it.
Thanks for any insight.
06-24-2011 04:14 AM
I have been waiting since my blackberry pearl died on me in November to replace my phone. So I totally can relate with the pain of having to patientally wait for Business Qauteres to come around. I have one one upgrade with Verizon that I am holding out for the Monaco which I assumed was supposedly the Storm 3 not the Torch2. I truly wish they would go ahead and release the phone because I am seriously becoming impatient and am now considering getting and Android or Iphone. Which to my amaze that the Iphone 5 might possible be released before the new Blackberry's. . . ugh!
06-24-2011 11:33 PM
Yes, it is typical for a specific phone model to be released to just one carrier or a select few carriers. The carrier(s) is/are given exclusivity for a predetermined contract time before the phone is widely released.
Keep in mind that you can always unlock a phone and take it to another carrier. First, you have to make sure the phone is compatible with the new carrier's frequency range. This information can be had by calling the new carrier and confirming it with them. Also keep in mind that the phone might work on the new carrier's network but you would get no tech support from that carrier if you're using an unlocked phone with them. Not to worry, though.....that's what we're here for!
I hope that clarifies things for you.
06-26-2011 10:29 AM
My wife surprised me on Father's Day with an LG Revolution (android) and I have to say I really like it. I was worried about switching over from BB to another device/platform because instant notification of my email arrival is extremely important to me, but being that I use Gmail anyway it syncs perfectly (and instantly) with my new phone. The biggest bonus has also been my calendar (also Google) syncs both ways immediately vs having to use the buggy Google Sync and waiting up to 2 hrs for the sync to occur.
The phone is very fast, includes turn-by-turn voice guided navigation from Google Maps and just a whole bunch of other little differences that have made the switch a terrific experience. There are loads of very useful apps in the Android Market and many of which I would never expect to get or see from the BB App World. The Revolution came pre-loaded with a bunch of apps that I'll never use and I've added a bunch myself, I don't think my Storm2 would've been able to boot up with this many apps taking up memory, yet the Revolution takes about 30 secs to 1 minute to fully boot up. Oh and I don't have to reboot it once a day.
The one thing that I'm kind of bummed about is the fact that I won't be able to use BlackBerry Bridge with the Playbook when I get one, but I'm sure that Tethering to the Playbook via 4G LTE will make me forget about that.
I'm not trying to convince anyone they should switch from BB themselves, I'm just relaying some of my experiences and how at this point in time I am happy that I let go of the BB Storm2. Who knows maybe the "Monaco" will be the best device ever released, but the fact is that I'm not sure I'll ever find that out for myself.
06-26-2011 11:01 AM
My Son went through 4 Droids, and on his second Thunderbolt, They worked great initially, but then the "re-boot" sequences started. They're good toys but I had hoped the Monaco would be the workhorse I need. Seeing friends less patient grab the i phone is evident they're tired of waiting and hoping. Without a glimmer of hope that Verizon will have a Monaco type device soon, I'm sure other's will be jumping ship too. Though I must admit, I'll probably be one of the last.