BlackBerry 7290 wireless handheld free

Columnist John Shepler reviews the numerous capabilities of the BlackBerry 7290, and explains how you might be able to get one for free.

Put a cell phone, PDA personal digital assistant, two-way messaging pager, and notebook computer in a blender and what do you get? Chopped electronics. Now let a company called RIM, for Research in Motion, combine these same functions through the magic of engineering and what do you get? It's a clever communicator and business organizer called the BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry is a highly desirable wireless handheld that appeals to business people and SMS messaging aficionados alike. But at prices of $300 to $600 you might just decide to keep your separate laptop computer, PDA and cell phone till prices decline. They just have. What would you say if I told you that you can get a BlackBerry 7290 wireless handheld free after rebate? That's right. You can get a BlackBerry PDA phone with a list price of over $400 free when you order a Cingular wireless phone plan and data package. You'll need both. The Blackberry functions both in the telephone and computer realms.

I'll tell you how to take advantage of this limited time offer in a minute, but let's take a look at what this BlackBerry device is capable of.

First of all, the BlackBerry 7290 is a cellular phone. It uses a regular cellular phone voice plan, such as the Cingular Nation 450 w/ Rollover - 2YR. The earpiece and microphone are integrated into the front of the unit. You can also add on a Bluetooth hands-free headset. It looks like a PDA, but it works as a cell phone. The 7290 is quad-band cellular network ready. It works on GSM/GPRS networks on 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz. Those are the major worldwide GSM cellular bands.

With BlackBerry you can do two types of messaging using the PC-style 33 key QWERTY keyboard. There is SMS or simple text messaging that is popular on cell phones and honest to goodness e-mail that lets you send, receive, forward and reply to regular e-mail messages. BlackBerry uses a push technology that constantly monitors your e-mail and lets you know when new messages arrive. It's similar to an always on broadband connection except that it's wireless and always with you. BlackBerry includes a filtering engine in its software to help you avoid the pain of spam.

The bright backlit 240 x 160 pixel color display supports over 65,000 colors. You navigate with a built-in trackwheel, graphics and menu interface plus the ESC key. The screen is essential to the wireless Internet browser and connected organizer functions. It also lets you view attachments to your e-mail.

The organizer offers the typical PDA functions of calendar, address book, task list, memo pad and calculator. You can synchronize it with your desktop computer to avoid having to enter data twice. For corporate use, BlackBerry offers the BlackBerry Enterprise Server that connects company employees with the corporate infrastructure. Password protection and a keyboard lock offer handheld security.

Are you salivating at the thought of getting your own BlackBerry and, best of all, getting it for free? Here's what you do. Learn more about the BlackBerry 7290 Wireless Handheld Offer with Cingular Voice and Data service. When your order through this website, you'll get a $100 customer loyalty rebate. Select a voice plan for $39.99 or higher and Xpress Mail Service for $34.99 or higher to get an additional $150 voice and data rebate. Those rebates will offset the purchase price of $249.99 so that your BlackBerry winds up being free after rebate. Be sure you read all the details of the offers and options.

Other offers include the BlackBerry 7230 with T-Mobile service which is also free after rebates, and the BlackBerry 7520 with Nextel service which is $49.99 after rebates.

Please note that these special offers are available as of this writing, but can be changed or expire without notice. Please hurry if you want one of these special deals.

You can compare a wide selection of cell phone plans and the latest cell phone offers, including more BlackBerry devices, at Cell Phone Plans Finder.


T1 Rex's Business Telecom Explainer offers easy to understand information about complex telecommunications and networking technology. T1 Rex explains how T1 lines work, VoIP telephone, PBX, virtual private networks, digital audio transport, Wi-Fi & WiMax, fiber optic carriers and other business telecom services.

John Shepler has been a published writer for over 30 years. With a background in electronics engineering technology, he has worked in a variety of industries including radio broadcast, aerospace and manufacturing. Involved in telecommunications since 1998, he combines his interests in writing and technology with and T1 Rex's Business Telecom Explainer.
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