Weekly Contest - Australia laments “To 3G or to not 3G?”

Piggybacked onto Australia’s release of of the BlackBerry 8300 was rumor of a 3G BlackBerry, which was promptly snuffed by RIM VP Norm Lo. The initial ZDnet post mentioning the possibility of a 3G BlackBerry was running on the hint of a technical account manager by the name of Chris Ting, and BGR is taking Ting’s word for it. So, we’ve got snitch versus exec, neither of which we can trust with any amount of comfort. RIM’s co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, already told us that we should expect 3G devices out of the company, but he didn’t really give a clear timeline or say where. Obviously, we’d like to see a 3G GSM BlackBerry in North America, but we know that the BlackBerry 8707 made it to Europe… and Australia.

This is our cue for wild speculation. Are we going to see a 3G GSM BlackBerry by the end of the year? If so, what kind of BlackBerry will it be: 8800, 8300, 8100 (!)? Also, who will get it first: our friends in Europe, our friends down under or us crazy Canucks and our Yankee brethren? Post a comment with your thoughts on the 3G issue and you can win 3 games of your choice from Bplay.

LAST WEEK’S WINNER is Collin, who’s putting a the new emerging markets as Africa and the Middle East, which recent reports would certainly agree with. Collin, we’ll be contacting you soon to hook you up with three themes from Bplay. Thanks to everyone else who entered, and we hope to see you again this week!

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