I have an 8703. I bought 2 batteries with an extra charger so I would always have one available. Starting out I could usually get a day out of a battery. Then all of a sudden at about 22 months they dropped to about an hour and then went downhill fast to where I couldn't use it for 10 minutes.
Wow! A new forum and it's already filling up, just goes to show how much we like our Blackberries and respect CNET for its responsible posting.
Seems there are a lot of questions so I'll jump right in with mine. My BB, (Curve8310), is only four months old but my wife's (Curve8300) is 16 months old and her battery just wigged out. It indicated that it would take and hold a charge but the phone would die after a minute of talk time. A new battery solved the problem. But, the real question is the battery, or the source of the battery to be more specific.
My wife needs her BB for work so it's mission critical. So after she called me about the problem, I told her a new battery was going to be our first attempt at repair and she decided to speed things up by stopping at the AT&T store on the way home. Sure enough, the phone works great, for a wapping $48 and change.
My question is all these batteries I see online at places like Amazon where you can get supposedly OEM original BB batteries for as low as under $2. I'm thinking that at that price, how can you go wrong, even if they want $4. for shipping. They sell external BB battery mini-chargers for under $20. too. Wouldn't it be prudent to have a spare battery hanging around. Don't forget Murphy's Law as it applies to Blackberries. The rate your battery will deteriorate is inversely proportional to the distance you are from your BB charger.
And, I'm not done yet! A little more googling will yield the fact that there exist extended capacity batteries for Blackberries. I read where they have these 1900 and 2600mAh batteries that will require you to add a slightly fatter back panel to your BB to accommodate the bigger battery BUT, they also have 1500mAh extended life batteries that will fit in the same spot as your original Curve battery.
Granted, all these specs are for BB "Curves" but I'm sure the same applies across the board. And I know the new BOLD and 8900s along with the Storm may well replace most of the Curves out there but there are a million of us who already have Curves and love them.
So maybe a Battery thread is in order here. Batteries are always going to be one of the hottest topics to consider with any phone. And if you have any personal experience with Curve batteries, I would love to hear it. Thanks