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One way or another, I will get the Dell Venue Pro

When the Windows Phone 7 devices were announced on October 11th, the one phone that I fell in love with was the Dell Venue Pro. There are two reasons for that, one is sentimental and the other is the fact that I love the looks of the Dell Venue Pro. The sentimental reason is that I am a fan of Dell. If you don’t already know this, I was the creator of Aximsite back when the Dell Axim X5 launched. I have watched Dell create, have moderate success, and then bail on numerous occasions. Can you say Dell DJ, Dell Axim? Why did it take so long for my boys to do a tablet? Did the Motion guys take the desire with them? Anyhow, read on to find out how I will get the Dell Venue Pro!

Plan A

I have a theory. If this theory is correct, I will be able to stay with AT&T and use the Dell Venue Pro on AT&T’s network without crippled data. I don’t know why I haven’t seen anyone propose that the phone should work on AT&T yet and even more surprising is the fact that I didn’t even notice the listed frequencies on the spec sheets. I guess I was too busy admiring the looks of it.

Well, yesterday, Tracy and Matt posted that Clove has the Dell Venue Pro up for pre-order. When I was taking a look, I peeked at the frequencies available.

3G/HSPA Yes
Frequencies 850 / 1900 / 2100

OK, under 3G, you see 850mhz, 1900mhz, and 2100mhz. T-Mobile uses 1700 and 2100. Notice that 1700mhz is not there, but 2100mhz is? Well, we know that T-Mobile is the carrier announced for the Dell Venue Pro, right?  What about AT&T? They use 850mhz and 1900mhz. Guess what folks… BOTH ARE LISTED in the specs. That said, I totally think that the Dell Venue Pro WILL WORK on AT&T’s network with 3G Data as long as the device is unlocked. Obviously I haven’t tested this yet, but I plan to asap.

This plan is my preferred plan so I don’t have change carriers.

There may be a wrinkle in this plan though, while Clove lists the Dell Venue Pro as having the frequencies listed above, Microsoft’s website shows only T-Mobile frequencies. Is there a overseas version and a US version of this one? Quite possible. Now my head is beginning to hurt a little.

Plan B

Plan B is something I decided earlier today in a series of tweets. I will leave AT&T after 10+ years of using them. I have been with them from Bellsouth Mobility to Cingular and now AT&T. My wife’s line is not on contract since I bought her a used iPhone. I will give my wife my number, cancel hers and grab the HTC HD7 on contract with T-Mobile. Then I will purchase outright, the Dell Venue Pro. No cancellation fees and 2 hot Windows Phone 7 devices. I have kept almost every phone, MP3 player, and Pocket PC I have ever bought. I did give away quite a few on Mobilitysite, but most of those were donated by carriers or OEMs for the contests. I don’t mind having a little overkill with 2 Windows Phones.

If the frequencies work on both AT&T and T-Mobile and 3G works on both carriers, I am guessing that the Dell Venue Pro might be offered on AT&T at some point too. It makes sense, why put the frequencies in there if there is no plan to offer and unlocked version or offer it on another carrier at some point.

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17 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    10/20/2010 at 4:19 pm

    Chris, I am amazed at how your mind works! However, from the very first, I have shared your admiration for the Dell Venue Pro as well. You asked on Twitter why your followers follow you: One reason is that over the years my tastes in mobile technology have lined up very closely to yours. So…if you like it..(and you have had more access to these units than me) I am pretty sure that I will like it too!

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  2. Anonymous

    10/20/2010 at 4:19 pm

    Chris, I am amazed at how your mind works! However, from the very first, I have shared your admiration for the Dell Venue Pro as well. You asked on Twitter why your followers follow you: One reason is that over the years my tastes in mobile technology have lined up very closely to yours. So…if you like it..(and you have had more access to these units than me) I am pretty sure that I will like it too!

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  3. Anonymous

    10/20/2010 at 4:23 pm

    …or perhaps it just goes back to the Axim x5, and Aximsite?

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    • Chris Leckness

      10/20/2010 at 4:26 pm

      :) You, me, and a couple others that have managed to keep up with me all these years have very similar tastes in devices. Larry Telfor is another, except I think he’s stuck on Apple right now.

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  4. Benjamin Ries

    10/21/2010 at 12:21 pm

    pdadb.net lists two variants of the device: the “Dell Venue Pro EU-US” (launching Dec. 2010 with GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS900, UMTS1700, UMTS2100) and the “Dell Venue Pro US” (launching Jan. 2011 with GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100).

    It would be nice if it was all rolled into the same device, but I suspect that isn’t the case. “EU-US” = AWS; “US” = AT&T. Both roam in Europe on UMTS2100, with the EU-US model supporting additional European/Asian networks on UMTS900.

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  5. Justin Farrar

    10/21/2010 at 1:39 pm

    Benjamin, so are you saying that in January… AT&T will be getting the Dell Venue Pro?

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    • Jaywatson9046

      12/03/2010 at 8:54 pm

      yes but it will not be called the venue pro fyi and it will look a little different more chrome it will be called the lightening .look at the dell storm leaks.

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  6. Eric

    10/21/2010 at 4:37 pm

    dell venue pro needs to be on Sprint w/ 4G :)

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  7. Anonymous

    10/21/2010 at 5:55 pm

    Chris – Yup – and how about Brian Ely? Though he is Mr. Android right now..

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  8. Anonymous

    10/21/2010 at 5:55 pm

    Chris – Yup – and how about Brian Ely? Though he is Mr. Android right now..

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  9. Benjamin Ries

    10/25/2010 at 1:10 pm

    @Justin – I’m saying that according to pdadb.net, there should be one that is compatible with AT&T 3G bands in January. No idea whether it will be sold through the carrier or direct from Dell.

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  10. StriderNo9

    10/25/2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hmm this gives me hope, I like the Dell Venue Pro also. Maybe I will try to buy it unlocked. Any word on storage upgrading on it?

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  11. Bojangles

    11/08/2010 at 5:20 pm

    Chris,

    Under Plan B, you say “…and grab the HTC HD7 on contract with T-Mobile. Then I will purchase outright, the Dell Venue Pro. No cancellation fees and 2 hot Windows Phone 7 devices.”

    This caught my eye in that you won’t pay any cancellation fees. Could you elaborate a little more, for those of us who aren’t as familiar with this?

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    • Chris Leckness

      11/08/2010 at 5:25 pm

      The no cancellation was from leaving AT&T. I thought I could move my wife’s line (not under contract) in place of my number and have her take on the current “contract”. Well, I was wrong, this didn’t happen. I still had to pay early cancellation leaving AT&T, as a I did Friday night, for T-Mobile.

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  12. CogitoErgoBibo

    11/08/2010 at 10:12 pm

    The Dell specs already list the AT&T GSM bands. Check the “specs” tab on the Dell link below. Since they are saying that Dell should be selling their model direct on Nov. 15, this may be doable within a week or so. No doubt they push the T-Mobile connection, but if you have the cash, one would think that an unlocked Venue Pro should be good to go for AT&T use.http://www.dell.com/us/p/mobile-venue-pro/pd?ST=dell%20venue%20pro&dgc=ST&cid=60967&lid=1533755&acd=91872,8,0,113410122,773354296,1289253157,,29107472,6246516041

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  13. Dhirajcul

    01/13/2012 at 6:53 am

    hey did u buy the dell venue pro??? how is it working?? i want to buy one..but m not sure as many sites have stopped providing it…how is your experience ?? is it working fine?? or having some issues,,,,please help…

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