Weekly Contest: Showing CDMA Love

TowerCTIA started off with a bang this year, announcing the BlackBerry 8330 across three carriers, the latest CDMA BlackBerry since the 8130 over Christmas. The majority of BlackBerrys (and handsets in general) run on GSM networks, but with these devices toting EV-DO capabilities for blazing data transfer, and with enhancements to voice service on the way, CDMA is a solid choice for carriers. Of course, a big part of the impetus is on manufacturers like RIM to make devices which support the underdog technology, without which service providers have nothing to show customers. What do you think? Is RIM showing CDMA enough love? The Curve’s been out since early last summer, and only now, on the brink of a new generation of 3GSM BlackBerrys, are the likes of Verizon, Telus and Sprint getting their hands on it. Maybe we’re lucky that CDMA is getting a bone thrown their way at all, but would it be that hard to squeeze out a Wi-Fi BlackBerry for CDMA users, or would it not even be worth RIM’s trouble? Give us your take on the CDMA/GSM debate and win three BlackBerry skins of your choice from DecalGirl, and the recently-launched Guitar Hero 3 Mobile!

Last week we talked about waiting for the BlackBerry 9000 (which it looks like we’ll be doing for the 8330 as well), and whether or not RIM was making a good enough clip to keep up with competitors. A lot of folks chimed in that more on-board memory was needed, and as a guy who checks out BlackBerry software all day long, I can’t help but agree. The win is going to Rajiv for making the reasonable stand that the wait is worth it for a finely-polished product. We’ll be setting him up with Bplay’s latest two games, Sushi Mania and Big Kahuna Words as well as the excessively slick Crossbar theme. Thanks for the entries, everyone, and hope to see you again this week!

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11 Responses to “Weekly Contest: Showing CDMA Love”

  1. 1 Matthew Farra

    I for one am eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on the 8330. I am making the leap to the Blackberry platform very soon, and I’m grateful that Sprint is giving me the option of a full size keyboard and screen (both of which make the Pearl the less desirable option to me). I hope that CDMA continues to get love from RIM and the other manufacturers.

  2. 2 portorikan

    I’m inclined to say, just barely enough love, not not a respectable amount. It’s obviously more marketable, to create GSM phones since they’re more popular, but the US/N.A. is still a huge market, and the CDMA providers that exist here aren’t going anywhere. I for one know that I won’t be changing my CDMA provider for anyone else, so it would make sense to provide either same time releases, or something within a month or two, 3 at most for new products, especially if they’re trying to move into the consumer market, which they’re doing a phenomenal job with already.

    Unless RIM is intentionally trying to give a service provider the leg up, I don’t see why these separate technologies could be developed side by side and released together.

  3. 3 Jake Billo

    For Canadians in particular, CDMA is really the way to go for savvy consumers. This isn’t due to any sort of network technology or device availability: it’s because Telus is presently the only carrier to offer unlimited data plans for BIS customers. Telus happens to be CDMA. It doesn’t matter about splashy devices when you’re having to watch every byte of data for fear that the monthly bill will outpace your mortgage payment.

    The GSM monopoly at present (Rogers) fully intends to keep up with data limiting in the future:

    “We’re not fans of unlimited plans,” Rob Bruce, the president of Rogers’ wireless division, told analysts during a conference call.

    “We want to make sure … that we create plans that are helpful and don’t become barriers to adoption.”

    So in this respect, a wealth of CDMA devices (especially those with world phone capabilities) packing new features is really a competitive advantage for carriers. I think that the Pearl 8130 was really the catalyst for CDMA: it’s more fully featured than the 8100, and it’s consumer oriented at a time where people are really starting to take interest in smartphones.

    With respect to WiFi, RIM’s strategy seems to be that they offer it to carriers committed to UMA. This is likely because carriers still derive revenue from UMA clients, which makes up for t