I personally have no experience with any RIM products. If your looking for wireless email, RIMs are definitely the way to go. They aren't as expensive as the the new palms and they are easy to use. I know you can use AOL and Earthlink with them. I'm not too sure about the current RIM service providers. Mostly cuz I've never really looked into them. Also, from what I hear, the rates for the RIM devices are pretty affordable. But if you wanna do wireless internet browsing and downloading (read my artile under the regular articles section Article#2 and upcoming article #6 on wireless internet and ftp-ing) a Palm i705 or a HandSpring Visor with either Visor Phone or the Sprint PDA module are the way to go. Also read article #6 i'll do a quick thing on 3G wireless internet and some other great wireless technologies.