One of the applications I’ve downloaded on my BB9900 is WordPress for Blackberry. It is an extremely useful tool. Sometimes I want to “quickpress” a quick remark or incident that had happened to me. What I especially like about it is it’s simplicity. The application is very minimal giving you the essential tools you need to post, edit and comment (amongst other things that aren’t as important on-the-go). Also, because it’s very basic, it doesn’t take much space on the device nor does it drain much battery. All in all, a quick and useful tool. Definitely a must for bloggers.
Well it did survive 24hrs though. Two days after I had bought the Blackberry 9900 it died on me! I’m not sure if my specific model had a defect or not, but right now the phone is in the hands of Axiom Telecom in an attempt to bring it back to life. Everything froze on the device (including touch screen and the qwerty). I couldn’t access anything! I was only able to receive phone calls. I really hope it’s a minor hiccup and they could bring it back to life or give me a replacement. I don’t want for this to be the Electrozan story all over again.
The Electrozan Story
Around a year ago I purchased the Blackberry Bold 9780 from Electrozan. They had the best price in the market, so I decided to snatch it from there. Not a week later I realized that I had a defected phone. The qwerty would add letters to whatever i’m writing, other buttons didn’t work and other buttons added extra “periods” every time i used them! I went back to Electrozan and told them that they had sold me a defected phone. They wouldn’t admit it. I proved to them at the store by letting the guy working there to try it and the phone acted up as it was when I was using it. He said that he can’t replace it or refund me because their warranty doesn’t cover it! What is the warranty for then?? He showed me on the back of the warranty something that read like this: “This warranty doesn’t cover Blackberries, Plasma Tvs, Panasonic electronics etc…” and the list kept going on. It seemed like a joke to me! I thought I was purchasing a phone from a respected company. They said that they would forward me to their Blackberry repairs service somewhere in “Dhajeej”. I trotted there after having some words with the store manager. I told him that this wasn’t very ethical of them and that this is a disgrace and violation of the customer’s rights. He didn’t budge or care. At “Dhajeej” the service center took my phone and said they will fix it. They fixed it. Three days later it went back to its defected phase and I’ve had the phone for a year now having to deal with it myself. Basically Electrozan told me: “we know you have a defected phone, we don’t care about you as a customer, we’re not going to swap the phone for you, take the defected phone and just live with it!”
The Butter: Stay away from Electrozan (from personal experience). Their warranty has a major glitch.
Update: I’ve got a new phone from Axiom Telecom. They acknowledged the fact that there was a defect and they replaced the phone. Replacement working fine so far.
I finally got my Blackberry Bold 9900 and I can’t be more thrilled. After days of waiting for X-Cite by Alghanim to get it, I got a heads up from Tazmania (thank you VERY much!) that Eureka has it in stock for 199KD. I automatically gave them a call and they said they did have it in stock! I rushed to Eureka and without any hesitation picked up the phone. Cutting right through the cheese, I’m going to bullet my comments and remarks after having the device for almost a day:
- Some of the applications (such as TuneIn FM and Falldown) have yet to be featured for the blackberry OS7. This means that there are some apps that have yet to release a new update making them available for OS7 users.
- The Touchscreen is mighty large and remarkably responsive! I just love it. Wicked fast.
- The QWERTY is the perfect size. More “clicky” than previous Blackberries.
- The device Feels very comfortable in the palm of the hand. I saw myself holding it in the traditional “two-thumb-typing” position as well as holding it in one hand and scrolling the touchscreen with my index finger. Plus the device is super thin.
The following are the apps I’ve downloaded so far (feel free to chime in with recommendations):
- Google Maps
- Google Search
- Wikitude (i’m sure i’ll have a post reviewing this soon!)
- MBC FM
- ScoreMobile FC
- BeWeather Free
Absolutely got nothing to say but I’ve finally laid hands on the Blackberry Bold 9900!
Note: using the web version of wordpress
Update: and now I’m updating using the wordpress app!! I feel empowered!
After harassing Alghanim Electronic’s X-Cite hotline for the past several days, I’ve gotten tired and annoyed by the fact that I don’t have the Blackberry Bold 9900 in my hands right now. It all started when I got an optimistic reply from the first guy I talked to over the phone. He said that X-cite had run out of stock but that they should have the device in stock again within three days (that conversation took place exactly three days from now). I called again yesterday and I got a rather different reply: “We don’t know when we’re getting it. Maybe a week.” Very unhelpful especially when you throw in that maybe and we don’t know. I called in again today (yes, I be killin’ ’em XD) and a guy told me that they still don’t have it in their stores but that they’re expecting two shipments this week. How accurate are those claims? Nobody knows. I continue to vent my frustrations on the current BB 9780 I purchased from Electrozan a year ago (which was sold to me with a defective keyboard but wouldn’t admit it/exchange it for me – a story which I will definitely voice on this blog soon).
UPDATE: I just called The European Phone (“الهاتف الأوروبي”) and they said that they DO have the phone and are selling it for 250KD. So if you’re that person that would shell out 250KD when everyone else is selling it for less than 200KD, I dedicate the following video to you: