Weekly Contest: What’s after Wi-Fi and GPS?

Question MarkThe BlackBerry 8820’s been making the European rounds by now, and the BlackBerry 8310 will be spreading its GPS love to the consumer market soon enough. GPS is still a far cry from being widespread in handhelds, and it will be some time before it’s as common as camera and music in phones. But for conversation’s sake, let’s say that by the end of 2008 Wi-Fi and GPS will become a common feature in any BlackBerry that comes out. For this week’s Weekly Contest, we ask you dear reader: what’s after Wi-Fi and GPS? Is it simply a matter of expanding their capabilities? Is 3G the next big feature to drop? How about near-field technology? A recent ABI report seems to think so. Maybe WiBree? Whoever can best tap their inner techno-voodoo and see into the future will win 3 games from Bplay.


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Comments [25 Responses]

Luke
September 7th, 2007 at 10:04 am

I don’t think near field technology will be a smash hit in the US. Attempts like Exxon Mobil’s Speedpass & Citibank’s Fast Pass aren’t really major hits. The issue with near field payment systems on a phone is, phones are easily lost or destroyed. People are used to keeping their wallets close but not worrying about their phones. I tend to drop my phone in a charger in my kitchen but keep my wallet upstairs next to my bed. I’d hate to lose a cell with near field tech on it. My thoughts are theat we will see incremental changes. More convergence (MP3, Cell, GPS, Wifi, Web browsing, Bluetooth). I also think that systems such as SMS payment systems to pay for parking or pay for a soda will come into play. Full motion video downloads will also become a reality. 3G will morph to 4G with high speed wireless broadband (access to the 700mhz spectrum will help). I forsee Mobile WiMax integration with the cell phone becoming the method of accessing the internet for many who can’t afford a PC & net connection. You want to remove the digital divide? Make all websites phone accessible in some form or the other (or use Apple’s iphone system for browsing) and give everyone cheap to free internet access with their phone plans. Why we must pay for data packets when every thing is digital and a packet now is just plain gouging by the phone companies. Thoughts? Comments?

Glenn
September 7th, 2007 at 1:15 pm

I believe the next step after WiFI/GPS would be an extension of their World Edition Models. Think about it: who wants to roam on GSM networks if all of their data is on GPRS. Why not make a real World Edition Blackberry, complete with universal 3G. Consider a phone with World Edition phone with a GSM radio, CDMA, EV-DO Rev A, and UMTS/HSPA. That would be the killer device for those who travel. Not only will they have the best of both worlds with GSM/CDMA, they will have full use of their capabilities. A universal 3G Blackberry with WiFi/GPS can be every blackberry lovers dream! I’ll use the unreleased 9XXX series for examples.
9100- Complete GSM 3G, Suretype, 3.2 MP Camera, Media Player
9110-Complete GSM 3G, Suretype, GPS, 3.2 MP Camera, Media Player
9120- Complete GSM 3G, Suretype, WiFi, 3.2 MP Camera, Media Player
9130 World Edition-Universal 3G (CDMA + GSM), Suretype, Wifi AND GPS, All GSM bands supported, 3.2 MP Camera, Media Player, Same time operability on both GSM and CDMA networks(ie have a verizon and t mobile service running on same phone)

9300- Curve-esque design scheme, Complete GSM 3G, QWERTY Keyboard, 5MP Camera, Media Player, Tabbed HTML Browsing
9310- Curve-esque design scheme, Complete GSM 3G, QWERTY Keyboard, 5MP Camera, Media Player, Tabbed HTML Browsing, GPS
9320- Curve-esque design scheme, Complete GSM 3G, QWERTY Keyboard, 5MP Camera, Media Player, Tabbed HTML Browsing, WiFi
9330 World Edition-Curve-esque design scheme, Complete 3G (CDMA and GSM), QWERTY Keyboard, 5MP Camera, Media Player, Tabbed HTML Browsing, WiFi And GPS, All Gsm Bands Supported, Same time operability on both GSM and CDMA(ie have a verizon and t mobile service running on same phone)

9900- 5 MP Camera with additional battery door to cover camera while conducting business or when camera not allowed, Complete GSM 3G, Redesigned keyboard, GPS, Tabbed HTML Browsing, Media Player, QWERTY Keypad
9920- 5 MP Camera with additional battery door to cover camera while conducting business or when camera not allowed, Complete GSM 3G, Redesigned keyboard, GPS, Tabbed HTML Browsing, Media Player, QWERTY Keypad, WiFi,
9930 World Edition- 5 MP Camera with additional battery door to cover camera while conducting business or when camera not allowed, Complete 3G, Redesigned keyboard, GPS, Tabbed HTML Browsing, Media Player, QWERTY Keypad, WiFi, Same time operability on CDMA and GSM networks (ie have a verizon and t mobile service running on same phone)

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^^^If this could possibly the future of Blackberry, then everyone will be in blackberry heaven. If these devices were to be released, there’d be something for every user. Enjoy CDMA, but also like the flexibility of GSM? Get a World Edition phone and use both. Really want a camera but cant because of your job? Get the 99XX series and change the battery door to get rid of the camera. Need a smaller device? 91XX. Blackberries with these functionalities would benefit every businessman and consumer. If the blackberries make it here, they’ll blow all competition away! This would be BlackBerry Paradise!