Last Wednesday my initial 2-year contract with Verizon Wireless came up, which now meant that I was eligible for a discounted upgrade if I signed up for another 2 years. I had a Blackberry 8370c, and wanted to stick with that brand. There was an offer for some iPhones, which I guess Verizon just got the option to sell, and I am curious to try one someday.

Actually, I really would like to get a MAC computer of some kind one day, I’ve always used PC’s, but I think it could be interesting to try something different.

Anyway, for now, I’m sticking with what I know. So I checked the options that they gave me for Blackberrys that are compatible with my previous Verizon Wireless plan. There were about 8 different Blackberrys, but two of them were touch-screen, so I disregarded those. It’s taken me long enough to get used to using the little keyboard, I don’t want to switch to touch-screen just yet.

The other options were nice, but I honestly wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted., other than something that was new. The cheapest were starting off at only $20, there were a couple of $70 ones, and some around $130. I noticed they would always list the retail price, I assume to impress you with exactly how much you’re saving by buying from Verizon (with a new 2-year contract, of course).

Again, for someone who spends as much time on the internet as I do, I’m actually a bit of a computer Luddite, so I didn’t know what was best, I just looked at what cost the most (more expensive = better, right?). They had two “certified pre-owned” Blackberry’s available, which you could upgrade to for free. And FREE, is my favorite word. So I picked the Blackberry Bold 9650 (retail price: around $530). It arrived on Thursday, and it looks pretty neat.

It comes with its own carrying case, which is much more convenient than my last Blackberry. I still haven’t quite figured it out yet. I’m sure there must be a way to transfer all of my phone and email contacts from last Blackberry to my new one, but it will probably be easier to just enter them all manually. Luckily, I don’t have that many friends. ^_^

This thing also has a built-in camera, which I probably won’t even bother trying to figure out how to use. I still haven’t totally figured out how to use the new digital camera that my boss gave me for Christmas. But I’ve got Facebook set up on it, so that’s cool.

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