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SmartPhone Capabilities for MetroPCS?

by PrinceJason    Jan 23, 2010, 5:13 PM

I have a few questions regarding two MetroPCS Smart Phones. I have asked customer service reps in the store and a technical support rep by telephone. However, they appear only moderately knowledgeable because they have not actually used the Smart Phones. I have read posts on other forums on the internet and been able to find limited information. The information I have found really does not answer my questions. The two models that work on MetroPCS for which I am interested are the Samsung Code and the BlackBerry 8330. I am currently using a Nokia 2270, so this will be a big change. My questions are as follows:

1) Does the GPS within both phones allow you LPS type function? In other words, can I load Google Maps on either the Code (Windows Mobile) or the BlackBerry (RIM) and have it utilize the GPS to locate my exact position? I am familiar with Microsoft Streets and Tips for my laptop. In contrast, Metro Navigator comes preloaded on the Code. Will Metro Navigator or other software allow me to use either Smart Phone the same way that I would use my GPS with my laptop? I have read that companies such as Verizon lock their GPS from all but their own applications.

2) Can normal Windows Mobile or RIM software be loaded on either Smart Phone? A friend at work let me play with this AT&T BlackBerry Storm. I assume the answer to this question is yes based on what I have seen. However, with it being on another carrier, I want to be certain. In this forum, it appears Opera Mini is usually the first software that is loaded on a Smart Phone. I want to make sure I can load more than the software that comes from the MetroPCS store.

3) If available, can the OS’s be upgraded on either Smart Phones without destroying the functionality of the phones? This question is of less importance than the other two. I merely wanted to ask because it seems like a hot topic in the forum.

I am seeking answers from someone that has used one of these phones in the past with the MetroPCS service. I will be buying an original phone as opposed to a flashed phone. I was told in the store and by telephone that MetroPCS would not be getting any more Smart Phones until the 4th quarter this year. At that time it was only estimated that they would offer another BlackBerry. I was told by the same sources that MetroPCS will soon offer either G3 or G4 in addition to CDMA but that no date had been set. The technical rep said any current CDMA phone would not function on either network. From this disappointing news and due to all of the trouble I have had finding information, jumping ship to another carrier and buying an iPhone looks more appealing than before. My only hesitation would be the $70 to $100 phone bill.

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