iDEN BlackBerry 8350 slated for Q4 release

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BlackBerry 8350i from Sprint

The push-to-talk BlackBerry rumored to be coming from Sprint now has a face and a release date. The BlackBerry 8350i is due to drop before the end of the year, and breathe some unexpected life into the Curve brand. With the BlackBerry Javelin well on the way, you would count on RIM to leave the predecessor in the dust – not so! On top of that, the brand new –50 designation could spawn a whole slew of 8000-level iDEN BlackBerrys. As is, the BlackBerry 8350i will launch with both Wi-Fi and GPS (something only the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry 8820 have done to date), have a 2.0 megapixel camera, and run OS 4.6. Any push-to-talk users out there hankering for something like this?

(via BGR)

  • SprintHead

    For those of you who seem hung up on hybrid Sprint phones, you must not be aware of how such devices work. Moreover the hybrids are GONE they were a stopgap to move folks off of IDEN in overcrowded areas to free up bandwidth. The hybrid works by giving you CELL coverage on 1900mhz CDMA (doesnt roam 900…sorry) and NDC coverage on IDEN. They in no way “Share” coverage on the two systems.

    Let hybrid die. Smart on RIM’s part to avoid that system alltogether.

  • SprintHead

    For those of you who seem hung up on hybrid Sprint phones, you must not be aware of how such devices work. Moreover the hybrids are GONE they were a stopgap to move folks off of IDEN in overcrowded areas to free up bandwidth. The hybrid works by giving you CELL coverage on 1900mhz CDMA (doesnt roam 900…sorry) and NDC coverage on IDEN. They in no way “Share” coverage on the two systems.

    Let hybrid die. Smart on RIM’s part to avoid that system alltogether.

  • SprintHead

    For those of you who seem hung up on hybrid Sprint phones, you must not be aware of how such devices work. Moreover the hybrids are GONE they were a stopgap to move folks off of IDEN in overcrowded areas to free up bandwidth. The hybrid works by giving you CELL coverage on 1900mhz CDMA (doesnt roam 900…sorry) and NDC coverage on IDEN. They in no way “Share” coverage on the two systems.

    Let hybrid die. Smart on RIM’s part to avoid that system alltogether.

  • Roveer

    Sprinthead is correct, the hybrids were a stopgap measure and are now discontinued.

    The 8350 is a Nextel/iDen only phone, it does not run on sprints network. I know we have all been waiting for qchat and who knows if we’ll ever see it. I’ve heard a few rumors (rumors) that nextel will be spun back out of sprint and that there have been upgrades happening in nextel’s iden network over the past several months.

    To be honest, besides the summer of 06 when the network melted down, I don’t care if it’s nextel iden or qchat as long as it works and I see an updated handset. I’ve been on a 7100i for what seems like years and eagerly await any new blackberry with PTT. I am one who feels the sprint nextel merger didn’t bring a thing to us long time nextel users and it doesn’t appear that the merger went well at all. So maybe time to step away and go it alone.

    Roveer

  • Roveer

    Sprinthead is correct, the hybrids were a stopgap measure and are now discontinued.

    The 8350 is a Nextel/iDen only phone, it does not run on sprints network. I know we have all been waiting for qchat and who knows if we’ll ever see it. I’ve heard a few rumors (rumors) that nextel will be spun back out of sprint and that there have been upgrades happening in nextel’s iden network over the past several months.

    To be honest, besides the summer of 06 when the network melted down, I don’t care if it’s nextel iden or qchat as long as it works and I see an updated handset. I’ve been on a 7100i for what seems like years and eagerly await any new blackberry with PTT. I am one who feels the sprint nextel merger didn’t bring a thing to us long time nextel users and it doesn’t appear that the merger went well at all. So maybe time to step away and go it alone.

    Roveer

  • the cell man

    For those few Nextel customers still around this will be great. This is long over due. Now if they could just come up with a true free phone (no MIR) they could take the market by storm again! They need to look back on the old Nextel days and take some notes. 1 Free phone, increase customer service (Local CARS), launch a new BB more often then once every 2 years and build out some more towers to show everyone you believe in the IDEN network.

  • the cell man

    For those few Nextel customers still around this will be great. This is long over due. Now if they could just come up with a true free phone (no MIR) they could take the market by storm again! They need to look back on the old Nextel days and take some notes. 1 Free phone, increase customer service (Local CARS), launch a new BB more often then once every 2 years and build out some more towers to show everyone you believe in the IDEN network.

  • the cell man

    Release Date wont be till December, thats what I heard. I hope I am wrong though.

  • the cell man

    Release Date wont be till December, thats what I heard. I hope I am wrong though.

  • Joe G

    I have to agree with everybody. The merge with sprint sucks. I thought it was going to be better. I too am a long time owner of NEXTEL. I think about ten and a half years. I had ATT for two months “SUCKS ASS” and went right back to my nextel. I cant wait until the new phone comes out. This will be my first blackberry. I didnt like the 7100. I like the 8350i. Any pointers from anyone about blackberry. Please let me know.

  • Joe G

    I have to agree with everybody. The merge with sprint sucks. I thought it was going to be better. I too am a long time owner of NEXTEL. I think about ten and a half years. I had ATT for two months “SUCKS ASS” and went right back to my nextel. I cant wait until the new phone comes out. This will be my first blackberry. I didnt like the 7100. I like the 8350i. Any pointers from anyone about blackberry. Please let me know.

  • Steve

    I am hoping this is out by April 1st, that is when my contract is up, I want one now but I would like the discount for re-upping my contract, lets hope it comes out soon! If this didn’t have a camera I would think about dumping NEXTEL to get a camera capable blackberry

  • Steve

    I am hoping this is out by April 1st, that is when my contract is up, I want one now but I would like the discount for re-upping my contract, lets hope it comes out soon! If this didn’t have a camera I would think about dumping NEXTEL to get a camera capable blackberry

  • Ben

    From my rep: Nov 2 in stores and possibly Oct 15 for corp accts that get mailed devices… so as early as this week!

  • Ben

    From my rep: Nov 2 in stores and possibly Oct 15 for corp accts that get mailed devices… so as early as this week!

  • David

    Ben, is your rep a reliable source? I want this phone NOW!

  • David

    Ben, is your rep a reliable source? I want this phone NOW!

  • J B

    Sprinthead: Hybrid phones are not done. I just picked up 25 602 phones for our department. Our Gov’t rep told us the opposite. They have renewed production on the 602 and 902 until they work out some of the SERIOUS problems with the CDMA based DC. He also echoed what another poster stated about it possibly being a hybrid as the data rate on the iDen is not as speedy as the RevA networks..Here’s to hoping..In our area, iDen phone service is TERRBILE, whereas Sprint is outstanding.

  • J B

    Sprinthead: Hybrid phones are not done. I just picked up 25 602 phones for our department. Our Gov’t rep told us the opposite. They have renewed production on the 602 and 902 until they work out some of the SERIOUS problems with the CDMA based DC. He also echoed what another poster stated about it possibly being a hybrid as the data rate on the iDen is not as speedy as the RevA networks..Here’s to hoping..In our area, iDen phone service is TERRBILE, whereas Sprint is outstanding.

  • Supreme

    Does the 8350 have “beaming” capabilities where information can be transfered from one device to another as with the plam treo and centro devices?

  • Supreme

    Does the 8350 have “beaming” capabilities where information can be transfered from one device to another as with the plam treo and centro devices?

  • mimi

    so november 2nd right??? BUT what about the october 15th stuff?? i want this phone bad!!!! how much is it going to COST!!!!????

  • mimi

    so november 2nd right??? BUT what about the october 15th stuff?? i want this phone bad!!!! how much is it going to COST!!!!????

  • Danno

    Sprint will release it when they are good and ready. Translated, this means as late as possible. I have the 7520 and have had it since they first came out. It sucks and I need this phone now, but they refuse to give it a release date. My 7520 has major issues and I refuse to buy another since this is promised for anywhere between October and 2045. It will probably be closer to the latter.

  • Danno

    Sprint will release it when they are good and ready. Translated, this means as late as possible. I have the 7520 and have had it since they first came out. It sucks and I need this phone now, but they refuse to give it a release date. My 7520 has major issues and I refuse to buy another since this is promised for anywhere between October and 2045. It will probably be closer to the latter.

  • Mike

    i just spoke to a Nextel representative and he said this phone is going to come outt 12/1/08 or 12/2/08. I am verry excited about this phone and cant wait to get it.

  • Mike

    i just spoke to a Nextel representative and he said this phone is going to come outt 12/1/08 or 12/2/08. I am verry excited about this phone and cant wait to get it.

  • Carey

    I really Wasnt this phone I can not wait for this to come out does anyone have any info on how much this phone might cost !!! I need to Know !!!! I have been all over looking for this info!!!

  • Carey

    I really Wasnt this phone I can not wait for this to come out does anyone have any info on how much this phone might cost !!! I need to Know !!!! I have been all over looking for this info!!!

  • Paver

    now if I can get one unlocked/opened so I can use it on Telus in Canada, so were not like 2 years behind on phones

  • Paver

    now if I can get one unlocked/opened so I can use it on Telus in Canada, so were not like 2 years behind on phones

  • awesome

    Has anyone heard any more about this phone on the exact day that it is coming out? I know someone said 12-1 or 12-2 but it’s getting close to that date and I haven’t heard anything else about it.

  • awesome

    Has anyone heard any more about this phone on the exact day that it is coming out? I know someone said 12-1 or 12-2 but it’s getting close to that date and I haven’t heard anything else about it.

  • JBenn911

    Talk to our gov’t sales rep. He said December 2nd is the day. Now, interestingly enough, according to him, they will only be available via telephone or internet order. No store sales until end of Q2 or Q3 oif 2009. I’m still on the fence about it. More I think about it, the less appealing the iDen data speeds seem to me 24kps vs Rev.A….

  • JBenn911

    Talk to our gov’t sales rep. He said December 2nd is the day. Now, interestingly enough, according to him, they will only be available via telephone or internet order. No store sales until end of Q2 or Q3 oif 2009. I’m still on the fence about it. More I think about it, the less appealing the iDen data speeds seem to me 24kps vs Rev.A….

  • Danno

    Dec. 15 now…

  • Danno

    Dec. 15 now…

  • Danno

    Dec. 15 now…

  • JBenn911

    Great…Looking more and more like a pass….that data speed loss and iDen phone service(Terrible in my town)is going to kill it for me, I think….

  • JBenn911

    Great…Looking more and more like a pass….that data speed loss and iDen phone service(Terrible in my town)is going to kill it for me, I think….

  • JBenn911

    Great…Looking more and more like a pass….that data speed loss and iDen phone service(Terrible in my town)is going to kill it for me, I think….

  • JBenn911

    Great…Looking more and more like a pass….that data speed loss and iDen phone service(Terrible in my town)is going to kill it for me, I think….

  • JBenn911

    Great…Looking more and more like a pass….that data speed loss and iDen phone service(Terrible in my town)is going to kill it for me, I think….

  • http://www.jetstarcourier.com/ erich168

    I am trying to figure out if this will work with our computer system.

    Does anyone know if this will use the Sprint internet network or the Nextel internet network? I am not talking about the voice network, but specifically the interent side.

    Thnaks.

  • http://www.jetstarcourier.com erich168

    I am trying to figure out if this will work with our computer system.

    Does anyone know if this will use the Sprint internet network or the Nextel internet network? I am not talking about the voice network, but specifically the interent side.

    Thnaks.

  • JBenn911

    According to our sales rep, it is the iDen data network(Nextel, about 24k versus EVDO Rev.A speeds of 2-300k)..That’s the big holdup for me, and no one can tell me if it will use push messaging technology or good ole nextel hurry up and wait while we download your text message….

  • JBenn911

    According to our sales rep, it is the iDen data network(Nextel, about 24k versus EVDO Rev.A speeds of 2-300k)..That’s the big holdup for me, and no one can tell me if it will use push messaging technology or good ole nextel hurry up and wait while we download your text message….

  • beasttinn!

    this blackberry came out today for order.. and will be delivered on december 15th

  • beasttinn!

    this blackberry came out today for order.. and will be delivered on december 15th

  • JBenn911

    Yep! Our local gov’t rep is attending a conference on the 9th and they are giving one to every attendee to use for 60 days.. I should have mine on the 10th to “test”.. Give it a whirl and see how much the iDen data speed annoys me