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BlackBerry Curve 8350i gains FCC approval


BlackBerry Curve 8350i

BlackBerry Cool was first to break the news that the BlackBerry Curve 8350i would see release on December 1st at the low, low price of $150 on a 2 year contract. With that date just a few weeks away, it makes sense to see RIM’s latest iDEN BlackBerry passing FCC approval. While it isn’t quite the stocking stuffer that the BlackBerry Storm is, for iDEN/Sprint subscribers, it’s all they’re getting for Christmas from RIM. For those interested, Sprint has a sign up page for more BlackBerry Curve 8350i information.

BlackBerry Curve 8350i FCC Approval Page

|via IntoMobile|


BlackBerry 8350i launch date and pricing confirmed?


BlackBerry Curve 8350i Pricing

BlackBerry 8350iWe told you on Friday that the iDEN BlackBerry Curve 8350i was going to be released at the dirt cheap price of $150 (on a 2 year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate), and now we have some visual confirmation for you, via a promotional flyer from a 3rd-party Sprint dealership. We can also now tell you to expect the push-to-talk BlackBerry on December 1st, just in time for Christmas.

You can see the full flyer after the jump. Thanks for the tip, helpful anonymous dude!

BlackBerry Curve 8350i flyer

Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8350i pricing revealed, it’s dirt cheap


BlackBerry Curve 8350i

A member of the BlackBerry Nation close to Sprint has sent us the pricing for the nascent BlackBerry Curve 8350i. The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is RIM’s first iDEN BlackBerry in recent memory, and comes with Wi-Fi and push-to-talk capability. Our friend tells us that the soon to be released BlackBerry will be priced at $479.99 straight up and $249.99 with a 2 year contract BEFORE a $100 mail-in rebate, leaving you with a dirt-cheap $150 iDEN BlackBerry when all is said and done.

The pricing hasn’t been placed on Sprint’s 8350i sign up page yet, but we’d expect more ‘official’ release information soon.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!


Sprint to keep iDEN network


BlackBerry 8350iInteresting news for those that have been following Sprint’s recent troubles, or are simply awaiting the release of the BlackBerry 8350i. Yesterday, Sprint released a statement explaining that they will keep their customer-losing iDen network after efforts to sell it failed, outlining plans to rejuvenate the languishing Nextel brand.

“I don’t believe you can turn around Sprint Nextel without at least stabilizing the iDen network. Reaffirming their commitment could in and of itself certainly improve trends,” said Stifel Nicolaus analyst Chris King, noting that some iDen business customers may have been worried about the prospect of a sale.

Sprint also made a separate announcement yesterday, stating that the FCC had given it a waiver regarding its obligation to stop using certain airwaves where the iDen network risks interfering with public safety networks. Hopefully greater network coverage and a new BlackBerry in the 8350i will help Sprint turn things around.

|via Reuters|


BlackBerry Curve 8350i coming to Latin American via NII


BlackBerry Curve 8350iGreat news for iDEN BlackBerry users not on the Sprint network. RIM and NII Holdings jointly announced the impending release of the BlackBerry Curve 8350i in Latin America during Q1 of 2009. the iDEN BlackBerry will see release in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru.

For those not in the know, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i is the first iDEN BlackBerry since the old 7100i, and features push-to-talk capability as well as Wi-Fi. There are about 10 million North and South American iDEN subscribers eager to get their hands on this device. You can read the full press release after the jump.

BlackBerry Curve 8350i coming to Latin America

Sprint launches BlackBerry 8350i sign up page


sprint nextel blackberry 8350i

It’s not quite the BlackBerry Storm, but I know there are still quite a few iDen fans lurking in the corners of the BlackBerry Nation. Our good friend Ronen has posted today that Sprint has launched a sign up page for their nascent Nextel BlackBerry 8350i. The page has little information other than pointing out that the BlackBerry 8350i will have both Wi-Fi and GPS to go along with its push to talk capabilities, but there is an option to sign up for email notifications about the device’s release.

Nextel fans, sound off: does this meager bit of 8530i news blunt the pain in any way of the day that shall always be known as ‘Storm Wednesday’?

Nextel BlackBerry 8530i Sign Up Page

(via BerryReview)