My story is pretty simple...I'm a widowed, single mom trying to go to school and work at the same time. A few years ago I was an Alltel customer and decided to pick up a blackberry Pearl to help me with keeping in communication with my children still at home and also work and school. I was very disappointed in the documentation for the berry, but once I learned my way around it by joining another forum like this one, I loved it.
When Alltel sold out to Verizon, I was bummed. But the good news is that Verizon has actually kept the higher standard of service I had learned to expect from Alltel in this area. When I went into the local Verizon store recently, the salesman mentioned the sweet deal Verizon was offering to get Alltel devices switched to Verizon devices, AND he couldn't help but tell me about the Eris.
I went home to do some research, and at first the reviews I read did not encourage me to look into the Eris any more. I had occasion to visit the store again, though, and the same salesman mentioned it again...so I played with the display and then went home to more research. This time, all the reviews were stellar...and the deal was very, very sweet. My old Pearl still works, but I knew it was only a matter of time before it quit working so great on the Verizon towers, and there would be no updates...
So I am now a proud owner of a Verizon Eris. So far, I love it. I was really afraid I wouldn't be able to type on the touchscreen keyboard, but I am learning fast! I actually like the vertical, smaller keyboard better than the horizontal, larger one.
I'm used to being able to customize a lot of things, such as notification sounds, so I am coming here to learn more about how to use this nice piece of technology.