Along came Blackberry to the Straight Talk family. It started out fairly expensive, so I decided long ago to let it drop down in price before I considered getting one. Then I found it for $50 on Walmart.com and I couldn't pass it up! Depending on how I like this one, I may end up getting a spare (even though I did get the $5 2 year accident replacement).
Day 1) As soon as you pop the battery in, the phone turns on.. YIPES! So far, I don't THINK it has affected life of the battery, but I'm sure I will find out soon enough. When I did get it shut off and threw it on the charger for the day, I then decided it was time to get my number switched from my other straight talk phone to this one. Should have been smooth, right? NOPE! I've switched phones about 4 times now. This is the first time I had to wait more than 30 minutes to get the number to switch. Straight Talk now has an online live chat, so I thought I would use that to see what was on. They had me update the phone, try a few things, and after 20 minutes, decided I needed to call in and do a trouble shoot. After then being on the phone for over an hour with them, trying different things, I was then told it could take 24 hours for my number to move over to the new phone. Really wished they could have told me that BEFORE I was on the phone that long... but it is one of the things you have to deal with when having Straight Talk as a prepaid company. It was more of a pain because I do rely on my phone quite heavily for work... a whole night without it made me uneasy.
Day 2) Wake up at 6am, and I call the activation number... SURPRISE! It actually activated my phone. Luckily, no missed calls, no missed texts from work. Throughout the day, I was able to really plunge into the phone more and customize it to my liking.You can sync your email, yahoo, facebook, twitter, set up wi-fi, bluetooth, a blackberry ID, a payment option for apps, and then personalize the phone to your own settings. Most of that was fairly easy to get set up. Since I don't use Facebook, or Twitter, and most of the others, I just set up Wi-Fi, Yahoo! Messenger, and email, and some other things. I was even able to pop in my SD card from my previous phone, and have all of my ringtones. So far, still have not figured out how to access the pictures on the SD card, but I'll get there some day. Also found out that after every app you update or download, the phone asks you to restart. I recommend waiting until you have updated/downloaded a few things before restarting, as it can take about 2 minutes or more before the phone boots itself up again and you can start going on your merry way again.
Day 3) Playing around with the phone more today, and I really love how much can be customized. People can have their own ringtones when they call or text you, you can have a universal tone for everyone else, and you can even choose what color your LED light is when you get a text, yahoo message, email, phone call, ect. AND there are quite a few volume settings, which you can customize individually. I set 1 of them for bed time, since I have no desire to receive any sort of email alert when I am asleep, but a phone call is fairly important in the middle of the night.
I've tested out the camera only a little so far (instead of taking pictures of ALL the things), mostly trying to take a picture of the cat. The flash feature is a vast upgrade from my previous phone, and is customizable to be turned off and on, or set it to automatically be used in low lights. Like I said, haven't played around with it much, so don't really have a lot of insight to offer.
The alarm... maybe I can find an app for it, but I'm the type of person who uses more than 1 alarm in the morning to get myself rolled out of bed (which I could set up to 5 if i needed on my old phone) since most days and weekends I get up at varying times. Was nice to just turn one off and another off, and keep them all at the same time. So far, this one seems to be a 1 alarm wonder... like I said, I might just need an app. And the store does seem to have a few free items that look promising!
I've also found that my local Walmart does not carry any phone cases or screen covers for the Blackberry anymore, mostly since they have lost their popularity. HIGHLY recommend getting them on ebay (just make sure you pay attention where it is coming from. I ordered 1 from China, and then decided to pay a bit more for one that is shipped from within the US. I'll at least have a spare!)
Since I have only had the phone a few days, this is what I've had to deal with as of yet. I mostly expect to wait a month or so and update my review as I should have experienced more of the features and can update on any glitches I may find. Overall, I'm happy with the phone these last few days.