Thursday, June 28, 2007

BlackBerry 8830 is World Class

It's a CDMA phone. No, it's a GSM phone. No, wait. It's both.

What Verizon Wireless has done is actually a clever piece of engineering. They've come up with a BlackBerry wireless device that works on their impressive domestic network, yet can be used around the world. What makes that difficult is that Verizon Wireless uses the CDMA or Code Division Multiple Access cellular network in the United States. They have excellent coverage and speedy EV-DO cellular broadband in their wireless footprint. But the rest of the world doesn't use CDMA. It uses GSM.

Up till now this has been a show stopper for Verizon roaming. Leave the USA and your phone won't work. Until now, that is. Verizon has come up with the only logical solution for this dilemma. Build a device that has both GSM and CDMA capability. It's two radios in one unit. The CDMA portion accesses the 800 and 1900 MHz bands within the USA. The GSM portion access the 900 and 1800 MHz bands outside the USA. When on the CDMA network, you also have access to EV-DO cellular broadband at an average download speed of 700 Kbps or 1xRTT at up to 130 Kbps where EV-DO is not deployed. Overseas, you have access to GPRS broadband at up to 80 Kbps on the GSM networks. This gives you both voice and data access no matter where you go.

The result is the BlackBerry "World Phone" that works in over 150 countries. Corporate users addicted to their BlackBerries can seamlessly cross international borders and not have to worry that their mobile technology is going to suddenly go dark. But, there is lots more to like in this new BlackBerry 8830 World Edition.

In addition to its stylish good looks, the BlackBerry 8830 features a full backlit QWERTY keypad with SureType predictive text entry. The 320 x 240 pixel color display automatically adjusts to ambient light conditions to extend battery life. Synchronization of your address book, calendar and email with your PC is a snap. The "push" real-time email will integrate with up to 10 accounts securely, using POP3, IMAP and SMTP. You can readily open Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files attached to emails. Text messaging, instant messaging and multimedia messaging support is built-in. So is full HTML Web browsing.

Something new is a built-in true GPS locator. This gives you the ability to have turn-by-turn navigation support with VZ Navigator or BlackBerry Maps as add-on features. Streaming multimedia support, including MPEG4 and H.263 video, is included. So is MP3 audio. Hands free operations? Yes. You have Bluetooth wireless headphone capability, a built-in speakerphone and voice activated dialing.

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