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BlackBerry 8700c Cingular GSM Wireless Handheld

3.0 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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  • A More Contoured, Stylish BlackBerry
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity
  • Powerful on-the-go email solution when used with AT&T BlackBerry Email Add-on Plan Features
  • High-Speed EDGE Data
  • Quad Band GSM For Operation in Over 100 Countries
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Product Description

Product Description

Put your business in your pocket. The BlackBerry® 8700c combines all of your office needs, from email to messaging, into a complete lightweight package with a full QWERTY keyboard. So whether you're making international calls to your home office with quad-band GSMTM, sending email and instant messages to your family, or just planning your weekly schedule, you'll have every feature you need in the palm of your hand with the 8700c.

The latest BlackBerry handheld is better than ever with a thinner profile, a huge screen, a more powerful processor, EDGE data support, and more. The BlackBerry 8700c, an integrated phone, e-mail client (with support for corporate email servers), organizer, and Web browser is the ultimate weapon for mobile professionals.

Take a closer look at the BlackBerry 8700c handheld's functions.
Design-wise, the BlackBerry 8700c is a nice upgrade from BlackBerry devices of the past. Yes, the same handy trackwheel is present on the right side, and yes, you'll still find a full QWERTY keyboard. This handheld is thinner and lighter, however, and the screen is bigger and brighter than ever; the high resolution 320 x 240 LCD display supports over 65,000 colors. Plus, intelligent light-sensing technology automatically optimizes screen lighting levels for indoor and outdoor viewing. The BlackBerry 8700c also features large, dedicated Send and End keys for easier call management.

The popular BlackBerry user interface is here, too, but it's been updated with a new look. Plus, a powerful Intel XScale processor, 64 MB flash memory, and 16 MB SDRAM combine to deliver a dynamic, highly responsive experience when viewing attachments and graphics, browsing the Web, and running applications. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset, and a removable lithium-ion battery is housed in the rear of the handheld.

Calling Features
Many of the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present, but the BlackBerry 8700c ups the ante with MP3 ringtones. Plus, the built-in speakerphone offers hands-free calling and convenient conference calls. The handheld's Bluetooth capability (version 2.0) means you can use a wireless headset with the phone for hands-free calling. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book (limited only by the unit's 64 MB of internal memory) are also included. The BlackBerry 8700c is a quad-band phone designed for global roaming in 170 countries for voice and 90 countries for data.

Messaging, Internet, and Tools
The BlackBerry 8700c delivers the legendary BlackBerry e-mail experience. With BlackBerry service plans from Cingular, you can receive e-mails instantaneously from up to 10 e-mail accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your e-mail. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new e-mail arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing e-mail attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

Because the BlackBerry 8700c is fast, and because it supports EDGE high-speed data networks, users can take advantage enterprise applications that are wirelessly enabled by the BlackBerry platform, such as sales force automation, field service automation, network and systems management, and more.

If your company has a BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can also take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry handheld calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees and more, all on your BlackBerry 8700c. Users without BlackBerry Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop Software.

Use the BlackBerry 8700's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports, and more. Wireless text messaging and multimedia messaging (MMS) is also supported by the BlackBerry 8700c.

The BlackBerry 8700c ships with a number of tools, including a calculator with a unit converter and a to-do list. The handheld's software is based on the Java platform, meaning Java-compatible games and applications can be added to the handheld.

Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry 8700c weighs 4.7 ounces and measures 4.3 by 2.7 by 0.8 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of digital talk time and up to 16 days of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE frequencies. The phone comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.3 x 6.1 x 3.6 inches
Item Weight 1.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
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By Gary Chou on March 7, 2006
8700c has been my first BlackBerry. I got it a month ago right in the thick of the lawsuit. Cingular 8125 came out soon after that which really made me to consider if I should go for the WIFI-enabled, full size keyboard and MS Office compatible Windows Mobile phone. In fact, I did exchanged for the Cingular 8125...for ONE DAY...before I ran back to the Cingular store and exchanged again for a BlackBerry 8700c. (I almost cried happy tears to have my beloved BlackBerry back from the angry sale rep who had to deal with me.)

Why the BlackBerry is the BEST communication solution I have ever used:

1. BlackBerry email is incredible. What can I say? I guess it's hard to appreciate its greatness without testing Seven Sea's Xpress mail, GoodLink or Windows Mobiles Patch. After I tried other options, oh man, no solution works better than the BlackBerry. It's indeed second to none! When you read about the "alternative services," believe me, they are not comparable to the reliability and the ease of use from the BES.

2. Reliability of the operating system. I think this is by far the most important factor. Windows Mobile freezes or becomes extremely sluggish about 2/3 of the time I use it. It pratcially is useless. BlackBerry however is always responsive, stable, and most importantly you can MAKE phone call and RECEIVE phone call ANYTIME no matter you are running a Google Map or what not. (This is not possible on Windows Mobile. Whenever I am doing some CPU-intensive task the phone will just freezes for about 30 seconds.)

3. EDGE is real fast. No more do I need to say about this.

4. The keyboard works like a charm. The keyboard is MUCH BETTER THAN THE CINGULAR 8125 full size keyboard. I kid you not. Why? Because you can a. ONE HAND OPERATE and b.
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Update 10/13/07: Well, it's no longer the best available. My company now has about 25 of these phones deployed and the results have been very good. However, the 8800 and Curve are the next generation and are easily superior in every way to the 8700. For free, the 8700 is still a great phone, but if you can get a decent deal on the 8800 or Curve it's a worthwhile upgrade that you will not regret. The only thing is that these new designs do take some getting used to if you are very accustomed to the thumbwheel method. It took me about two weeks to adapt to the trackball. But once I did, I was convinced. The other thing that is worth noting is that in heavy use, the thumbwheel on my 8700 started to become sloppy and less reliable after about a year, and several of my employees noted the same.

Original Review:
I want to impart upon readers of this review that this smartphone is the one you have been looking for, whether you are a current BlackBerry user or not. My last phone was the previous BlackBerry version, the 7100, however I have tested a wide range of smartphones over the past 6 years. In my review of the 7100, I told everyone that we were probably a year or so away from a five-star smartphone. That was a year ago. Modesty is not my strong suit.

This is the first smartphone I can wholeheartedly recommend. Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile devices are being fully considered when I make this statement. It is hard to express my satisfaction given the amount of time I've waited and researched, going all the way back to the Kyocera 6035 in 2000. The potential of the integrated PDA and cellphone has always made sense to me, but the reality has never matched my expectations - until now.
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I just picked up my new 8700c at my Cingular store a couple of days ago, and could hardly be much happier thus far. I had a BB 7290c for almost 2 years, and don't see how I could go with another device. Just one note before I get into the device specifically, the Cingular network perfroms capably where I am, and where I commonly use the phone, so that probably has some bearing on my level of satisfaction. Things I like about my 8700c:

(1) Works with BMW bluetooth! This device actually transfers the address book to the car, which is an upgrade over the 7290, which required manual entry of phone numbers in order to dial using the car's audio controls, or to use the phone to dial the contact. Set up was easy, and it works flawlessly.

(2) Smaller footprint than my old 7290, more aesthetic, with bigger/much better screen.

(3) Better phone functionality. It's nice to have the green/red send/end buttons so if someone has to answer your phone for you if your hands are full with something else, they can figure it out. Also, less chance to accidentally end calls by inadvertedly hitting the ESC button.

(4) EDGE - far better browsing speeds.

(5) Still the great BB email client.

(6) Increadibly easy to sync with MS Outlook for contacts and for calendar.

(7) ability to read attachments without 3rd party application.

(8) no camera

Probably my only complaint is that its only enabled BT profile is the handsfree phone one (as far as I can tell). It would b nice to connect with my laptop via Bluetooth.

My advice for anyone who buys one: take some time to learn the device, like how to hide or move icons, edit text efficiently, move around different applications (like messages, address book, calendar) while using the phone, etc. It is a very powerful device, and if you spend some time learning how to use many of its time saving functions, you will be well served.
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