"WON"T text with AT&T"1.0 starson by waitinggame
Pros: affordable phone and monthly cost, wifi, easy navigation
Cons: to many technical issues with virgin mobile service that remain unresolved to keep. must move on
Summary: I've had this phone for almost a month and I love it except I can not receive (nor have I ever been able to receive) any text messages from any person who has AT&T. They can receive mine. It is confirmed as a issue only with ALL virgin mobile blackberry phones. and all of the BB phones are having this problem for a long time. As per several forums for at least 2 months. I can not recommend this phone to anybody until they fix the text issue.
I held of getting 8530 till MMS was fixed but Virgin mobile has not publicized the AT&T text issue which is not the fault of AT&T. My contacts have already spoken with AT&T. Virgin Mobile deletes my question directed to these issues on resolution date and they are removed them from questions and answers forum page for BB 8530 at their web site. Virgin mobile has resolved most of the unable to receive MMS except for this one. This BB phone can not receive any picture messaging from the LG Rumor touch. Blackberry places it in SMS folder and shows as symbols and from 9999999999. They are aware of the issue with all the blackberries and can not comment on when it will get fixed. Their upper level tech support is contracted as a 3rd party and even the basic call in tech support is not allowed to speak to tier 3 other then email and wait 72 hrs for reply, then you have to call back to basic tech support to see what tier 3 said, give your reply and wait another 72 hrs and so forth.
If you are interested in this phone and have AT&T contacts, forewarned, call the tech support 888-322-1122 and ask if AT&T text issue has been resolved before purchasing. If they say they know nothing of the issue then ask them to ask somebody who knows about it.