Dual-band BlackBerry unveiled

The first Blackberry dual mode handset has been finally announced. The BlackBerry 8820 combines EDGE/GPRS/GSM cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity for data access and voice support via UMA (unlicensed mobile access) for fixed mobile convergence. It will be available in the United States through AT&T this summer.

Here's a quote from the article at TechShout!:

According to Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM, "The BlackBerry 8820 complements our carrier partners' cellular networks with the added ability to stay connected via Wi-Fi at home, through hotspots and corporate campuses."

Features in the Blackberry 8820 include:

  • 320×240 display
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Trackball navigation system
  • Expandable memory slot compatible with microSD memory cards up to 32GB
  • Built-in GPS
  • Voice-activated dialing
  • Bluetooth 2.0 support

More news sources:

Dual Mode BlackBerry debuts (Computerworld)

Blackberry 8820 dual-mode Wifi-cell announced (ZDNet)

The new device from BlackBerry is more of a suave smartphone, but can it compete with the phenomenon called iPhone?


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Is this new product from RIM a competitor to the iPhone?


I think comparing the upcoming 8820 to the iPhone is like comparing apples and blackberries. Two different tools. Although I love the iPhone for it's gee-whiz factor, I'm buying the 8820 because of what it can do for me (i.e. push email). To each his own.


are there MicroSD cards with memory capacity of 32GB !!!!


Already, Bill gates, with his "64 MB should be sufficient for every one" memory quote is legendary for pointing out that the first mistake one makes in speculating on technology is underestimating the power of innovation and miniaturization. ;)

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