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BlackBerry 8820 adds Wi-Fi, UMA calling

updated 12:00 am EDT, Wed July 18, 2007

BlackBerry 8820

Research in Motion on late Tuesday unveiled the BlackBerry 8820, its first and long-anticipated smartphone with Wi-Fi. The full-QWERTY device includes the ability to connect to most wireless hotspots for Internet access and is one of very few phones to support 802.11a for corporate networks and homes that use the format. The handheld is similarly rare in providing Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) and, on supporting carriers, is the only BlackBerry capable of automatically hopping from cellular to VoIP and back to maintain calls without either consuming service plan minutes or wandering outside of Wi-Fi coverage.

The 8820 retains all the features of the BlackBerry 8800 and incorporates GPS navigation, a dedicated media player, and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP stereo for headphones; new to any BlackBerry is microSDHC that allows the phone to store more than 4GB and as much as 32GB of media or data on a single removable card.

As a quad-band GSM device with EDGE Internet access, the 8820 will be available worldwide within the next several weeks and is scheduled to arrive at AT&T by the end of the summer and will be available for Rogers Wireless in Canada as well. T-Mobile has not announced plans to use the phone with its Hotspot@Home UMA service.



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  1. PookJP

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    So...

    in some ways it caught up to the iPhone and in others it surpassed it. Hopefully Apple's staying sharp and looking to roll out updates via hardware and software sooner than later. The last thing the Mac faithful (read: me) want is for the iPhone to be painted as an already-obsolete piece of art.

  1. scotty321

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    iPhone can't compare

    The iPhone can't compare to the Blackberries and the Treo. The iPhone is really just an iPod that makes phone calls. But the Blackberries and Treos are true business-class devices. You will never see my owning an iPhone. I mean, come on -- the iPhone can't even copy-and-paste text! And that's just the TIP of my iceberg of the 500 things wrong with the iPhone.

  1. LouZer

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    Re: iPhone can"t compare

    Oh, come on scotty321. We all know you're saying that because you're stuck with a blackberry and aren't allowed to get an iPhone. For everyone knows the iPhone is the bestest phone on the planet, it does everything wonderfully. It gives you application support through web 2.0 apps (a wonderful invention by apple, as it allows you to use apps without compromising the rock-solid OS of the iPhone - so far, not a single virus or problem).

    And the things you call 'wrong' with the iphone are surely design decisions done by apple to not include all the 'wrong' things other phones do. For example, who wants to be able to copy/paste content? That's just silly. Or be able to search your contacts. Everyone knows who they want to call.

    The poof is in the pudding. I was at the local mall yesterday, and it was obvious what the iPhone means. The t-mobile store, as well as the verizon and sprint carts all were either closed or obviously struggling, offering "sales" and discounts to get people to buy their crappy phones. Based on my own investigation and analysis, they haven't had a single customer or sale since July 1. Verizon stock has plummeted to near worthless values, Sprint stock is so low, its being pumped in spam emails! Its kind of sad.

  1. koolkid1976

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    re: so...

    Yep, they threw everything and the kitchen sink in, in terms of features. Lets not forget though that other MP3 players did the same thing to compete with the iPod, and we all know how well that worked.

  1. eldarkus

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    re: iphone can"t compare

    How about some perspective?? Who said iPhones are supposed to be compared with blackberries and treos in the first place? Is the iPhone labeled as a corporate device? i think not... Just because corporate drones want them, does not make them a corporate device...

  1. crayola

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    hmmm

    well i gotta admit that blackberry sounds impressive. but it's just so damn ugly

  1. zl9600

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    poptart 8820

    Is just another plastic breakfast pastry with sprinkles on top. And inside is one of the ugliest UI's and while impressing people like scotty321 who has an amazing 500 things WRONG, JUST WRONG! with the iPhone, is perfect for corporate America.

    If all you're going to do is compare capabilities and not form factor, ease of use, UI, or other things that are JUST AS IMPORTANT to a phone buyer (save the drones who just take whatever the hacks in IT give them), then yeah, this looks like another iPhone killer.

    Not.

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