Rumored BlackBerry 8350i to include both WiFi and GPS

Rumored BlackBerry 8350i to include both WiFi and GPS

Summary: My iPhone 3G was returned yesterday and on the way home I swung by the T-Mobile store and picked up one of those new Sunset colored BlackBerry Curves and enabled the BIS with T-Mobile. Upon the request of many readers, I plan to start adding more BlackBerry coverage to this blog and wanted a device to test out software on and relate personal experiences to you. I thought the Curve was one of the latest and greatest BlackBerry devices (and it is for what is now available), but the Boy Genius Report just posted the Sprint 2008-09 roadmap for several mobile devices, including the new BlackBerry 8350i.

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Rumored BlackBerry 8350i to include both WiFi and GPSMy iPhone 3G was returned yesterday and on the way home I swung by the T-Mobile store and picked up one of those new Sunset colored BlackBerry Curves and enabled the BIS with T-Mobile. Upon the request of many readers, I plan to start adding more BlackBerry coverage to this blog and wanted a device to test out software on and relate personal experiences to you. I thought this UMA/WiFi-enabled Curve was one of the latest and greatest BlackBerry devices (and it is for what is now available), but the Boy Genius Report just posted the Sprint 2008-09 roadmap for several mobile devices, including the new BlackBerry 8350i.

The BlackBerry 8350i not only includes WiFi and Bluetooth, but also throws in GPS so you no longer have to decide between a GPS model or a WiFi model. The device is designed after and looks very similar to the BlackBerry Curve and supports Nextel Direct Connect services. The leaked slide states a 4th quarter 2008 release so it may be coming soon. There will also be a model without a camera for those businesses that are sensitive to having them.

Topics: Hardware, Mobility, BlackBerry, Wi-Fi

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  • Nothing newsworthy here....

    The 8320 at At&t has both WiFi and GPS....it's been on the market for almost a year.
    dlee62
    • typo...I meant 8820, not 8320

      The BB 8820 has both wifi and gps.
      dlee62
      • Curve is more consumer focused

        While the 8820 has both, the Curve (8300 series) is a more compact design that appeals to many consumers and at this time the Curve doesn't come with both WiFi and GPS so that is why I though it was newsworthy.
        palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
        • It does have GPS, though

          nt
          laura.b
  • All BlackBerry buzz is about Bold

    No Bold? Hmmmm... That seems worth mentioning.
    pumpkinko
  • RE: Rumored BlackBerry 8350i to include both WiFi and GPS

    and why did we return the iPhone? Just curious because I'm up for a phone upgrade and was looking at the iPone.
    itinko
  • RE: Rumored BlackBerry 8350i to include both WiFi and GPS

    Im taking pre orders for the blackberry Curve for Nextel. You can reach me at trampolla@vazcom.net. The Release date is 12/1. It will be 249.99 with a 2 year renewal of your contract. It also has a $100.00 mail in rebate. Wwe are getting an additional $50.00 credit for consumers who upgrade or activate through us. Email for details

    Troy
    tsnaz3000