BlackBerry Curve 8330 Face-Off: Sprint vs. Verizon Wireless

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All morning we’ve heard nothing but muffled growling from two fresh boxes that just landed in our office. The new BlackBerry 8330 Curves from Sprint ($179 with two-year contract and rebates) and Verizon Wireless ($169 with two-year contract and rebates) are finally here and they are eager to do battle. Each 8330 has its own unique features, and both offer EV-DO connectivity and GPS, but only one will emerge as the winner. We'll be bringing you our full reviews soon, but here are our first hands-on impressions of these eagerly awaited smart phones. Check out how the Curves fare, round by round... Update: The full review of the Sprint Curve has been posted. Design/Interface VZW 8330: The interface of the liquid-silver Curve 8330 is admittedly cleaner. Icons are large and sit atop a fresh white background. The handset also spares you the preinstalled applications, so the desktop is less cluttered. Aside from the basics available on most BlackBerrys, you’ll see VZ Navigator as the only additional icon. If the Verizon version’s theme doesn't suit you, there is always the option to switch out to preloaded RIM themes. Sprint 8330: Sprint’s titanium-gray Curve has a desktop that looks cluttered at first, but that’s only because it’s chock-full with a host of useful folders to application installation shortcuts that most users will be pleased to see at boot-up. Sprint created folders for each set of apps, including: Entertainment, Instant Messaging, and Communities (more on what’s inside each folder below in the Multimedia shoot-out category). Each icon sits atop Sprint’s sun logo splattered on a black background. If you prefer an old-school RIM theme like BB Dimension Zen, you can switch to it by visiting the Options menu. Winner: Tie While we appreciate Sprint’s preloaded application-download shortcuts for chat applications and more, other users may prefer Verizon Wireless’ cleaner interface. However, those customers may also dislike the fact that they’re stuck with the VZW theme. EV-DO Data VZW 8330: Verizon’s Curve doesn’t come with V CAST's video or music, but it does support YouTube streaming from Our video started after 23 seconds—13 seconds behind Sprint’s Curve, which had a 1xEV-DO connection in our office. We also loaded some popular Web site home pages: Update: With a 1xEV DO connection on our replacement unit, we loaded the same streaming video in 5 seconds, three seconds faster than the Sprint Curve. 10 seconds Update: 5 seconds 9 seconds Update : 6 seconds 9 seconds Update: remained 9 seconds 14 seconds Update: 11 seconds Average: 10.5 seconds Update: 7.5 seconds Note: Our VZW review unit wasn't displaying the EV1X sign, but we were in a coverage area with EV-DO connectivity. Verizon is looking into the problem and we will report back. Update: Our replacement unit was able to obtain an EV-DO connection and our updates scores are listed above. Sprint 8330: Sprint was able to load a streaming video from in just 8 seconds—marginally slower than the Verizon Wireless Curve. Sprint’s Curve also supports the Sprint Music Store, and we were able to download Nelly’s Party People in just 19 seconds. The same Web site home pages loaded a bit more quickly: 6 seconds 8 seconds 8 seconds 18 seconds Average: 10 seconds Winner: Sprint 8330 Update: Verizon Wireless Our Verizon Wireless unit with an EVDO connection was able to load websites an average of 2.5 seconds faster, and streamed videos faster, too. Multimedia Extras VZW 8330: The Verizon Wireless Curve doesn’t come with any preloaded multimedia applications or extras. It also doesn’t offer V CAST Music or Video. However, like all BlackBerry Curves, you can load your own music, video, and pictures via a microSD Card behind the battery, and it supports up to 8GB of additional storage. Sprint 8330: Sprint comes packaged with Sprint TV and Sprint Music Store as part of its Entertainment folder preloaded on the device. It also comes preloaded with Facebook under its Communities folder, and AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger preloaded under its Instant Messaging folder. Sprint TV gives you access to a host of streaming television channels, including E!, Comedy Central, the Weather Channel, NFL network, CBS Mobile, MTV, and more. Some stations, such as Spike TV, offer only clips of certain shows. Sprint TV also includes Sprint Radio, which provides 10 radio stations in a variety of genres. Video quality when we streamed Fox News at full screen was decent with only some initial artifacts, and we were able to make out the news crawler. If you use the Sprint Music Store, you can download copies of songs to your computer and your handset for 99 cents each, but you have to play the songs in Sprint’s Music Store software, so you can’t minimize the application while you listen to music in the background. Your tracks also aren’t available in the BlackBerry multimedia player. Lame. Sprint, it's time to offer MP3s like Amazon. Winner: Sprint 8330 Simply put, the Sprint Curve 8330 goes the extra mile in this category and the Verizon version doesn't. TV and over-the-air music sweeten the deal. We just wish it had MMS capabilities, too. GPS VZW 8330: Verizon Wireless packs in its own VZ Navigator software for GPS navigation on the Curve. Unfortunately, the carrier looks like it ported the typical version found on other Verizon Wireless phones to the BlackBerry, so the application doesn’t take up the whole screen in some parts of the software. You can use VZ Navigator for directions, local search, and for finding your current location on a map. The great thing about VZ Navigator is that you can pay by the day ($2.99) or month ($9.99), which is perfect for those that don’t want to pay a monthly GPS-enablement fee. The real bummer? Verizon Wireless turns off the device's native GPS support in BlackBerry Maps; that means you can't use the software provided by RIM to find your location for free. Instead, you're forced to use Verizon's VZ Navigator software. Price: $9.99 per month or $2.99 for 24 hours Sprint 8330: Sprint’s Curve 8330 comes with Sprint Navigation software, which is powered by TeleNav. Sprint Navigation is cleaner and better than VZ Navigator. It provides directions, location, traffic information, and a directory for reaching local businesses. It also has a 3D Maps option. The tools and extras menu lets you record your location or view a compass. If you don't want to use TeleNav, you can use the GPS built into BlackBerry maps. Too bad there's not a daily use option for Sprint Navigation. Price: $9.99 per month, Free with Sprint Ultimate Pack Winner: Sprint 8330 Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator Version 4 offers traffic, but Verizon Wireless doesn’t have info on when the update will be available on the Curve. Until then, it doesn’t compete as well, and although we appreciate the $2.99 daily pricing plan, we think it's absurd that native GPS support is disabled in BlackBerry Maps. We'll be doing a full test drive with each Curve to find out which is the better overall navigator, but for now Sprint takes this round. Call Quality VZW 8330: Making a call from inside our offices to a landline sounded clear with a slight echo. In our outdoor tests, a call from a New York City corner on a rainy day picked up some background noise, but callers were still able to make out our voices loud and clear. In a connection test, it took 6 seconds before we heard the first ring. Sprint 8330: Similar to the Verizon Curve, a call made from our office to a landline was very clear. A call from the same New York City corner picked up similar street noise but callers were able to make our our voice clearly. In a connection test, it took the 8 seconds before we heard the first ring. Winner: Verizon Wireless 8330 Although audio quality was about equal in our early test, calls from the Sprint Curve 8330 took longer to connect, a complaint we've had about several other Sprint phones. This round narrowly goes to Verizon Wireless. Verdict Of course, choosing a Curve 8330 is going to depend most on what carrier you are with, but, if that contract is up, we recommend the Sprint Curve over the Verizon version. For just $10 more, the Sprint Curve 8330 is chock full of extra goodies, including SprintTV and the Sprint Music store, as well as several IM apps, offering a better work-and-play balance. The Verizon 8330 has a lot going for it, and we especially liked its speedy data connection. You'll just have to work a little harder to trick it out. [flv:/flvs/curvefaceoff.flv 480 360]
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  • Deutschland Says:

    I spent almost two hours on the phone with Verizon AND Blackberry and neither were able to reverese the settings previously put on the blackberry I received "new" from OEM. I am unable to 1) make or receive calls (only texting works) 2) I am unable to set up any personal e-mail accounts and 3) there was not even an icon for the internet and neither company was able to make one appear, therefore, no access to the internet at all. All issues which completely defeat the purpose of having a smart phone. I am returning this product today.

  • Kimberly Says:

    No doubt, Sprint has great coverage, but the pricing and contract fees of the unlimited plan can really get to you. I thought I did all my research my signed up with Sprint in terms of coverage, but their own network has better priced options and you don't have the contract hassles. Despite the negative comments, Boost Mobile's unlimited $50 plan and no contract option is very appealing and even more so because of the Sprint network. I guess the focus must be on the prepaid side with Sprint, but customers really deserve the same option - old and new. I emailed the President of Sprint to let him know just how unfair this pricing plan is how much the $50 Boost price would mean. Feel the same? Take the time to let him know -

  • bryan Says:

    Funny, I don't think I've ever had a dropped call with Sprint...EVER. The only time I've never had service with sprint was in the far reaches of the wilderness in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Second, roaming is free on Sprint, so if I'm in the country and there isn't sprint service (rare), it picks up another carrier...even verizon towers! So why pay double for verizon? Straight up stupid. And the 450 plan is fine because honestly, who calls land lines anymore? Everyone I know uses a cell phone and cell to cell is absolutely free on sprint.

  • Max Says:

    Can you activate a Verizon Blackberry Curve using Sprint service?

  • TheBiGGfisH Says:

    I have the Sprint version of the Curve 8330, and I feel the BlackBerry it self is a great phone, but the sevice provider is very weak. I once had Sprint PCS as a carrier many years back and all I had was dropped calls, the sad part about it today is I have the same issues with my BlackBerry, even thowe I'm in there coverage area. Once my plan runs out I will chose Verizon as my carrier of choice, and never once did I have a dropped call with there service. Sprint Sucks!!

  • fone_informant Says:

    To those that choose verizon over Sprint, u guys r pathetic! Sprint is waaaay cheaper than verizon at&t and tmobile by a whole lot! I have sold verizon and sprint carriers through retail stores first verizon and then sprint and I couldnt help it but I kept switching all the verizon customers I had to sprint. Sprint will not charge you extra for text or picture mail or tv or navigation or data once you are on a plan of 69.99 which includes everything! I mean everything! U dnt have to pay extra for a blackberry or for a windows phone is just 69.99 for any phone! The phone line sprint is got has gotten better since I left to work for a intel, btw the 8330 from sprint does support mms for that jerk up top talkin smack! He is the joke. Not only that sprint is on 4g already this summer they will b gettin the htc evo wit 4g which is outstanding. Verizon has a such an expensive network they have you guys pay for it and it is sad that you fools don't see that. Honestly from experience SPRINT IS 1000000X BETTER THAN VERIZON OR AT&T OR TMOBILE! Tmobile, ha! They are still trying to roll out their 3g towers and at&t can't get over their iphone which is not cool anymore, its all about android and WebOS. AT&T lol paying $130 for a stupid iphone. Sprint is rolling out 4g using wimax which is cheaper than lte. That means verizon and every company planning on lte will raise their prices even more lol. Look at the bigger picture sprint is cheaper wit any mobile any time which means calling any cell phone in the united states for free w.o using your anytime minutes! Wow! Look at that! Guess what that's included in the 69.99 plan! What does that say? Sprint's 69.99 is worth more than verizon's 69.99 which btw won't work on lower end phones which ultimately will have you payin extra for text or for data and for everything else. Can we say "IDIOTS!"

  • scott Says:

    Ive been with a shitload of these guys and i think i can give a fair comparison. First off i had cellular one WAAAYYY back in the bagphone days lol. Verizon wasnt bad but if you have a bitch with the querky bills(weird calls never made, internet etc.) you pretty much screwed as they will not do anything about it. Nextel was not as bad as some of these numbnuts say, we had it for years in my HVAC business and never had any problems and the direct connect is a nice feature for some applications. I am now with sprint and have been since the merge with nextel. Sprint and verizon coverages seem to be the same but you pay more with verizon monthly, yes the phones up front are cheaper but the monthly charges are higher. The mms BB problem is bologne, the sprint BB will send and receive any pics you want to send. Verizon sends them the exact same way just hides the web adress that its received on so that you think it was sent to your phone directly lol. Trust me, if you want the same service for a lower price go with sprint, if you like to tell everyone who your carrier is go with verizon, seems to be the fad thing along with the goofy iphone etc. I dont even have a BB now went with the samsung moment and like it way better(ps, get the keypad the touchscreen virtual scks for big fingered neandrathals such as myself) Anyway, in ending arguing about wireless carriers is stupid there are much better things to debate such as Mac vs Microsoft etc. Go microsoft, Bill didnt have to lobby the government to keep his apple from rotting lmao.

  • Starman Says:

    I just bought a sprint 8330 , off craigslist for $70, it came with everything wasn't stolen but, the mied -dec isn't clear , somoene told that if i wait a couple months the phone would clear itself, then i could activate it again, anyone know if this is true?? , plus I guess on a sprint 8330 there is no place for a memory card ,i se where the san disc goes but, so i guess the sprint 8330 doesn't have a place to put a memory card in to have music or movies right ? I am very new at this as you see

  • curveowner Says:

    Sprint does indeed have mms now. Sprint clearly is better

  • blackstrat Says:

    First off, I'm with Sprint, because Verizon tried to play some games with my bill and they lost.

    My girlfriend has Verizon, and it's funny more often than not, when we are on the road.. ( truck drivers ) she asks me for my phone, as hers doesn't have a signal. We both have Blackberry 8330's.

    I will stick with Sprint, as they have far better customer service than Verizon, although I notice for her it's getting better. The one time I had an issue with Sprint, is was a matter of a phone call and the issue was resolved... With Verizon, after several phone calls, they still wanted to charge me for the same thing 3 times.

  • Torres Says:

    I've had both Verizon and Sprint. Verizon did offer great service and awesome phones, but their pricing is through the roof. I switched to Sprint and I don't really see a difference with signals. There are places that both Verizon and Sprint don't have the greatest of signals, Walmart happens to be one of those places (go figure).

    I have the Sprint unlimited everything. I love it. I loved Verizon and all but I was paying $155 plus tax a month for the same thing I'm getting with Sprint for $99 unlimited everything. I'd switch back to Verizon if they could match what Sprint is doing, but I don't see that happening in the near future.

  • verizon master Says:

    I was with sprint for a year and I got the blackberry curve 8330. It stinked! I was so upset with my sprint curve I desided to swith to verizon. So I bought the verizon curve and I can honestly say, verizon is awsome! Verizon is way better than sprint and tmobile! Trust me! Verizon has MMS, and now the new blackberry curve has flash player! Plus verizon is cheaper and the fastest 3G network. Everyone I know agrees that verizon is better! U gotta have it!

  • verizon expert Says:

    Sprint is sooooooo NOT cheap! And there tv access stinks like trash. It stops right in the middle of my show.......verizon comes in clear......the radio comes in everywere.....internet is fast......I ordered somthing online from my phone and verizon offed free shipping but I said no because I want them to have the money to show how much I apprechate verizon.......gimme a V......gimme a E.......gimme a RIZON....wat does that spell verizon! GOOOOO VERIZON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • verizon expert Says:

    I have had verizon forever but my cosin has þhe sprint curve 8330 and I have the verizon curve 8330. Even my cosin likes verizon better and she's switching to verizon........u rock verizon! Ceap and awsome! Tv access, radio, internet, mms, unlimited txting and calling, and wayyyyy more!

  • RoCkSt*r Says:

    a little correction on my note was answerin a call while typing it should read "My AT&T years sucked & in the last year or so. In 2007"

  • RoCkSt*r Says:

    lol was a lil bored so I read a lot of the comments. My 2 cents I started off with Primeco which became Verizon stayed with them 4 some years & then switched 2 AT&T. My AT&T years sucked the in the last year or so in 2007 I got my first smartphone a Blackjack I no Blackberry but it introduced me 2 the world the next year n April/May I upgraded 2 the BJ II around that time it seemed like prices got more expensive speed up 2 this year May I decided 2 go Blackberry (best phone I have ever owned) & 2 also switch carriers I was tired of payin between $140 & $160 a month 4 service. Went with MetroPCS I'm fortunate 2 live n Miami so they r set up nicely here. For $66 a month I get unlimited everything plus phone insurance 4 my Blackberry. Within the next 2 years MetroPCS along with Verizon will be rolling out LTE so hmmm I'm on the cusp of even greater service on the horizon & I will b laughin all the way 2 the bank. I luv my Blackberry Curve

  • kat Says:

    I have been with many carriers including GTE and LA Cellular when they were around. By far Verizon has had the best service.Before I even knew the power a BB has they let me try 3 other phones including the Pearl (hated the keyboard). The worry free guarantee allowed me to realy use each phone and I did go over the 30 days at one point but they still gave me the Curve 8330. If that isn't customer service I don't know what is!

  • Chris Says:

    I have been with Sprint for 17 years, and just leaped into the dark world of Blackberry's recently. I have the Curve 8330, which cost me $149/ with a $100 rebate for an adjusted cost of $49. I have 4 lines, 1500 minutes and pay $158 per month (resulting from my corporate discount of 23%). I have to say that Sprint is a great company, and I certainly can't complain that they "give the farm away". You may get dead spots, but you will with any carrier. If you call and inform Sprint, they are more than obliging in issuing a credit.

    Moral of the story: Stick with a carrier for some time and your loyalty will allow you to get, within reason, whatever you'd like.

  • eric Says:

    look people i drive truck cross country i tryed them all(att not) verizon what a joke!!!!! nextel dont work good on the move in the big citys more than good sprint a ok.lose signal 3 times form canton ny to traveres city mi that all 2 lane roads im on the phone 10,000 plus min a month i got unlimted every thing for 99 dollars a month that includes unlimeted data (unlike verizon).i drive east of the mississippi fl to wi tx to me.verizon will suck u in hell the cant even fix there phone lines up here in upstate ny and yes i know to differnt agents but still please been with sprint for 8years been driven 18 years.i know what com. i will stike with

  • Savdini Says:

    Sprint is great. And yes you can send MMS on the 8330. You have to do a software update on your computer and just plug in your BB and update to ver. 4.5.. That will enable MMS.

  • Jason Says:

    I just switched from Verizon to Sprint today after my normal Blackberry Storm bill jumped from $120 a month to $1,087.17 with no explanation. I called Verizon and was told basically that it was a couple hundred ring tones and I'd gone way over on my minutes... First off, I've never downloaded a ring tone, and I've never used more than the minutes allotted in my plan. After a little bit of bitching, they gave me an "adjustment" of $104. This after switching to Verizon from Sprint 4 years ago. Where I live (Columbus, OH) both providers offer good coverage, and Sprint is less expensive for their plans. I"m happy with the switch.

  • Matt Says:

    Yes the simply everything plan from sprint does include sprint navigation. I have used it several times and no extra fees. The only problem I had with sprint was that they would not add 2 lines to my plan because i made a payment 1 day late. Tried for 2 months but they would not budge. I switched to Verizon as my unicel phones were going to be converted in may anyway. They approved me no restrictions and the new hub home phone service. I wish sprint added the 2 lines because they do have the best price plan around. as for who has the better network no one cell company can make everyone happy they all have there dead spots. find out what works for yuo and got with it.

  • willie Says:

    I've been with sprint about 8 years and I just bought the curve 3 months ago. The only thing that bugs me is the fact that the everything plan doesn't really include everything. The navigation requires a $3/daily or $10/ monthly sign up.Someone in this thread mentioned that the nav was included.Am I wrong? BTW the forum is awesome. Thanks to everyone for the input.

  • Katherine Says:

    I got a Sprint 8330 Curve in Dec '08 and left Verizon to do it. I have the Simply Everything 450 plan. The only places I've had a noticeable signal problem are in my friend's 300 year old stone/mortar house, and inside places like Wal-Mart. To me, small sacrifice for the $30 per month savings for the exact same plan (the key difference-- text messaging) from Verizon. VZW can laugh at Sprint that they "give away the farm," but in case they haven't noticed, there's a long-term RECESSION on. People want to save $$. I also read an article that because of this, people are downgrading their mobile plans and extras to save $$, regardless of carrier. It's nice to know that because I got a piece of "the farm" I probably won't have to.

    Now, the automated system you call to check your mins, pay by phone, etc. just told me I've used just over "1 million data." (No PAM-- straight phone.) Hope the unlimited data my plan truly is!

  • x-sprint rep Says:

    Sprint's Simply Everything 99$ hands down is the best in wireless.

  • leaphty Says:

    the new updated 4.5 software just installed MMS on my 8330 curve through Sprint but now I need to find Myspace and Facebook all over again. I'm a truck driver and my team partner has Verizon. He likes Verizon but he's a jerk, go figger. He lost an argument with them and switched. I do fine with Sprint's coverage although their Customer Disservice Department needs to look up 'clue' in the dictionary someday. The trick is to get in touch with Technical Service, they've got the combination to the clue safe.

    Sprint shut off my service twice the same day. my birthday, no less and tried to soak me for $2800 once (yes, $2800) but I can win any a$$hole competition if I put my mind to it and still have three phones and their Broadband card.

    I'm thinkin' it falls to personal preference more than somebody-or-another telling others what to do. Folks are different strokewise. I use Sprint's TeleNav and although it's a bit cumbersome so far and doesn't measure up to Microsoft's Streets & Get Lost but it's in a smaller box. My laptop doesn't fit in my pocket.

    I believe ALL the cellphone companies are raping their customers except that new unlimited buncha everything package for $50/month deal some company just came out with. If I just wanted a phone, that would definitely be the way to go. They ALL have to resort to contracts to keep from true competition against stuff like that.

    I'm no know-it-all and I hold an extreme dislike for those who profess to be so whether they come out and say it that way or not. Live and let whatever.

    Aut Pax Aut Bellum

  • Chase Says:

    I'm looking through the manual of my sprint 8330 and it says nothing about MMS!

  • Heather Says:

    Ummm I don't think employees of the phone companies should have an opinion unless they have worked for both sprint and verizon. Who gives a XXX about who's better sorry to burst your little bubbles but nothing in life is perfect so get over it and move on with life.

  • Lady T Says:

    Sprint has a better version hands down and the plan tops Verizon in all areas. Also for people who say you can't send MMS on the Blackberry 8330.....uh yes you can. Read the manual it's really simple and I do it all the time. The option that says send MMS is not there for no reason and it works. Have done it over 100 times since I've owned this phone.

  • Gary Says:

    I've been with verizon since GTE Mobilenet and I'm thinking about switching because verizon is very stingy with the gps and television.Also you can even slingbox there blackberry phones.Give you customers a break especially the one that pay for your smartphone data plans

  • Ryan Says:

    I have had all of the carriers ... I had att blackberry . went to verizon BB and now I with Sprint BB curve again I love the phone... I up graded to the new soft ware and for $99 a month instead of $175. I have found no differents in service , I am eastern Ct. and I have fould that sprint has been the most reliable so far.....

  • SMan Says:

    Martin -

    Upgrade your Sprint curve to the latest handheld software ( With added MMS you can take a picture with your Sprint 8330 and send to a phone. I just did it. As far as customer service goes - all telecom customer service sucks so that can be a hard argument, but still frustrating. Give the download a shot and see if that changes your mind.

  • Martin Says:

    Ive had sprint for years. And to be totally honest, I hate them! Ive had smartphones and regular phones with sprint. For the most part the service was fine where I live. (S.Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia) But I hate all there phones! They are the last to get all the good phones.

    So looking to get another phone, I bought the BB Curve. Hoping this phone would work for me without the hassle of changing to another company. Brought it home, played with it and at first, Loved it. Then I find out you cannot send a picture to another phone. I mean seriously??? To me, this Sucks! For my business I constantly have to send pics to customers. Its just easier to send a quick picture to their phone. So Anyway, Ive had the phone for 2 days and needless to say im taking it back. Love the phone, hate the fact that you cant send pics.

    I have been thinking about going to verizon. They always have the good phones. Im so upset with sprint and their terrible customer service, that im almost willing to pay the $200 per line to cancel. I have 3 lines but it might just be worth the peace of mind. If i do, i'll most likely get the BB Curve for Verizon.

  • Hank Says:

    Sprint Curve = No MMS

    Verizon Curve = Excellent MMS

    For that simple fact alone, one has to ask oneself "why would Sprint sell a BB that has a camera but cannot send MMS?" - Answer: Horrible deceitful company.

    Sprint is a joke.

  • Scitzo Says:

    I have the Verizon 8330. For ringtones, I have made my own and downloaded them in mp3 and wav format. They seem to work great. I like the fact that now when some one sends you a audio file you can save it as a ringtone on your phone. I have been impressed with that access to the internet. I live in the Austin, TX area and my connection is excellent, but I decided to put it to the test. My parents live approximately 75 miles from West of Austin in Verizon extended network. I was able to access the internet, my messenger, all my mms message and email came through. I notice that with both my other Verizon phones that they do not get mms when I am in the extended network nor was I able to access the internet. I would have to say that I am pleased with the over all function ability over the 8830.

  • 8330happysprint Says:

    Alisa, I can't speak tp VZW but w/ Sprint you can use any retail ringtone maker software(I got mine at Best Buy for 30 bucks) and import any tone through micro sd card ;)

  • Alisa Says:

    I am considering between Verizon and Sprint's Blackberry 8330, and while everyones questions and advice have been helpful, i was was wondering how verizon and sprint work their ringtones. I know when i had AT&T i used to be able to make my music i had on my phone into my ringtones, how do ringtones work on either of these phones?

  • Sharon Says:

    David is full of sh-t!, he doesn't even know what kind of plan he has! if he has one at all..

  • curve lover Says:

    Wow David. Verizon doesnt offer roll over minutes. i work for the company. if you have unlimited everything, why would u need roll over minutes. THEY'RE UNLIMITED!!!

  • David Says:

    I Had Sprint for a month and they were absolutely HORRIBLE. Bad Customer Service, over priced, everything sucked. I switched to the Verizon Blackberry Curve and with my Military discount, I have unlimited everything with 450 rollover minutes a month, and I never lose signal. GO VERIZON!

  • brandi Says:

    i have just ordered the curve from sprint. price on the phone and plan is what sold me. we work on sanibel island fl. and even when i had verison there are alot of spots without service. some of my family have already switched to sprint and they told me the service was alot better on the island. so i will give sprint a try.

  • brandi Says:

    i just wanted to thank everyone for there feed back. you all were very helpfull

  • Dan Wilson Says:

    VZW flavor does NOT come with a 1GB MicroSD card. This author is not too BB savvy and would appreciate a reveiw by someone who knows mobile devices versus just aesthetics. (eg themese that can be easily changed).

  • berryaddict80 Says:

    Just buy damn mobitv for ur verizon curve same thing as sprint tv that's where its from and verizon has service evrrywhere even in farms that I went to sprint hardly have service spot to spot service plus sprint curve more money than verizon curve

  • mcjelly Says:

    I understand people don't like only having the option to use VZ navigator, but noticed someone saying that you have to exit the whole system to call someone - that's not true. you can both send and receive calls without exiting the navigator. I have used the system several times for long trips, and I believe that you just hit the send button, and you have the option to either select from a list of recently called numbers or enter a number. when ending the conversation, you press the end button once, and navigator resumes. to exit, you must press the end button twice. It is frustrating that you can't access your address book, though, but you can actually manually enter numbers without exiting.

  • Big Fry Says:

    Have the Sprint Curve, have to I'm very happy. Great reception, and for 99 a month you unlimited everything including GPS and Sprint TV. Seems like a deal you can't go wrong with

  • trippy Says:

    I'm a bit ticked at VZW. At the store they said, unlimited internet bandwidth. I asked, even if I tether the blackberry to my laptop? The answer was yes. Then I get home and install the software on my computer, and tether the blackberry. Only to find out then, there's a 5G limit per month with the tether. So a warning to all that "unlimited internet" that VZW blares is not all true.

  • Big Mo Says:

    The big advantage with Sprint is price. For example while other carriers are offerring unlimited talk for $99.99 per month, for the same price, Sprint throws in besides unlimited talk, unlimited data and web browsing (including smartphones), text and navigation. For small users such as myself, while other carriers generally charge $69.99 for 450 min talk, plus unlimited blackberry data/web, sprint offers the same for the same price as well as unlimited messaging and navigation. This is Sprint's answer to their high churn rate. I know one person on the west coast, who has the unlimited Sprint plan, with the Blackberry curve and is quite happy. I'm currently with AT&T, out of contract using a used Blackberry 8700C. Quite happy, except for AT&T's incredibly slow EDGE service for data while tethering to laptop. Holding out for the Blackberry Bold with 3G, otherwise will have to switch to CDMA carrier. Used to work for a company in which Verizon outsourced some of their customer service. Will attest that customer service is great at VZW, but the company has a 19th century concept of labor relations.

  • Rip'dOffCellfoneCustey Says:

    Verizon has the best service but it has the worst calling plans in the business. I have the curve 8330 and I pay close to $200.00 a month for my service because I have the unlimited calling plan+blackberry data plan+unlimited txt/pix bill is astronomical but Sprint has the exact same phone but it's a $100.00 cheaper,for all the features that I just listed. So I'm really considering taking a leap to cut cost,and not have my phone bill cost me the same monies as my friends car note.

  • Demond Robinson Says:

    I have been with sprint for 8 years and they sent me the wrong phone(Pearl) due to outsourcing and mis understandings and applied my rebate credit. When I sent the phone back they claimed they would reset my loyalty date. Needless to say it never happened. I missed a chance to get the curve on E-bay for only $99.00 due to this. After several hours on the phone also emailing and online chat I finally got my phone and credit for the rebate. They were very confuse and were not empathetic to my situation and the hassle I went through not to mention I DID NOT HAVE WHAT I WANTED and that was the curve. I ended up paying $79.00 for the phone after credits. I LOVE MY CURVE it is a great asset to business as well as very entertnaining everyone who picks it up is just blown away with the features. Sprint has gotten me upset in the past but I appreciated their prices and the original nationwide system is what go t me to go with them in the beginning. I remember when verizon used to charge you .10cents for each call to a landline they have ruined more peoples credit than the law allows.

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