Received an email from an unshaven tipster who’s got his finger on Rogers’ pulse and he shares his insight on the company’s advancements into HSDPA, which we reported on last week. Thanks, unshaven tipster.
Rogers launched EDGE on their network in June, 2004. The first device that Rogers started selling on the EDGE network was the Sony Ericsson GC82 EDGE PC card for laptops, and that was in July of 2004. The first EDGE BlackBerry on Rogers was the 8700r, available November 2005, more than a full year after the launch of EDGE network. Yes, I was one of many that were upset when purchasing my 7100r in the middle of 2005, and surprised that there was no EDGE on it.
Rogers is officially launching the HSDPA network now, and their first device is the Sierra Wireless Aircard 860 which is available at the time of this writing.
Based on this information, when would you suspect the HSDPA BlackBerry to launch and be available for purchase and get my greedy hands on some video conferencing and streaming some YouTube movies?
I’m going to say that it will probably be available next Christmas
before you get to play with HSDPA speeds on your new BlackBerry device.
Cingular and T-mobile users take notice: Rogers is about 2 weeks behind the curve of Cingular and T-mobile in the states, so when something happens here, it probably happened the week before in the USA. The 8707 will most likely remain untouched – expect marketing and other initiatives to be focues around the upcoming BlackBerry 8800 devices and their wi-fi capabilities.