Selecting a cellular telephone
Do you want a simple cell phone or a Smart phone?
- Simple cell phone will be smaller and have longer battery life.
- Smart phone integrates cell phone, calendar, calculator (sometimes camera, internet access and music) into one device.
Exchange can be configured to synchronize with Blackberry (additional Exchange BES account required) or iPhone.
iPhone or Blackberry?
|WiFi (Internet, without data plan)||Yes||Some models|
|User removable/replaceable battery||No||Most models|
|Third party applications||Many||Few|
|Pictures||Well implemented||Some models (is slow)|
|Yes (Exchange, without BES account)||Yes (Exchange users, see below )|
|Ease of use||Yes||yes|
|Calendar||Yes||Yes (some prefer the layout)|
|Web browsing||Yes (better browser)||Yes (note: most BB models don’t have WiFi, so incur larger data charges)|
|Performance/freezing||Best||May need occasional rebooting|
Blackberry smartphones must have a carrier (phone company) account that is “Blackberry Enterprise e-mail Service” capable and in addition you must pay a one time UBC BES $100 licensing fee.
Most cell phone vendors offer UBC special pricing. They don’t care if you or UBC will be paying the bill.
Canadian carrier coverage maps can be found here.