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GSM growth to slow in favor of 3G?

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A cell phone towerA new report from ABI Research suggests that 2G technology like EDGE will drop to a 14% growth rate in 2008/09, compared to 22% from 2006/07, while UMTS networks like HSDPA slowly increase market share. Saying new technology will replace old technology is a bit like going on about just how wet water is, but it’s nice to know how long it will take. 2G subscribers are expected to start actively shrinking by 2013. iDEN and CDMAone users are already shrinking rapidly, perhaps explaining Sprint’s lackadaisical attitude towards upgrading their phones in that area, although CDMA2000 use is expected to stick around in more rural areas. All in all it sounds like good news for the HSDPA-packing 9000. The forecast for CDMA technologies could also help you in our Weekly Contest

Who needs 3G? EDGE getting speed boost

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A wireless towerNokia has unveiled the Dual Carrier EDGE solution, a new technology which could double the speed of EDGE networks, reports Wired. The technology is a software upgrade which will be released some in Q3. If it is a purely software upgrade, chances are good that we could see a roll out on at least some carriers, although that might change if it requires any sort of hardware restructuring. Regardless, the technology will be followed some time later by EGPRS 2, which will again double the speeds up to a max of 1.2 Mbps. There’s definitely an exciting future for us EDGE users.

BlackBerry 9000 to be EDGE-only?

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BlackBerry 9000Okay, you can drop the booing and hissing, we know it would suck, but it’s all gossip until the thing comes out. Keep in mind that this is just for the first iteration of the series, the BlackBerry 9000, and that the previously-rumored 9100 should still have 3G. Outside of that, the rumors are also telling us the 9000 will be packing quad-band GSM/GPRS, QWERTY keyboard, support a, g and b flavours of Wi-Fi, and a 480 x 320 screen like the 9100. Nothing’s been said for sure about a touchscreen, and I’m partial to the idea that it’s just wishful thinking on a lot of people’s parts.

NSA develops military-grade smartphone

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EdgeIf you were ever wondering why the BlackBerry wasn’t secure enough for France, you might want to take a look at the Sectéra Edge, the smartphone that’s being developed for the NSA and soldiers in the field. Some of the security features include:

* Secure wireless access to the SIPRNET and NIPRNET
* DoD PKI enabled Common Access Card (CAC) support
* Supports DoD 8100.2 requirements
* Type 1 encrypted storage of classified data
* Can be used inside closed areas with “SCIF-Friendly” mode

On top of that, this thing was built extra-rugged for combat conditions, as seen in their demo video. The Edge works on CDMA, GSM and Wi-Fi, and also plays nice with S/MIME BlackBerry users. Apparently the NSA has ordered up $300-million-worth of these things over the next five years, so if you’re in the U.S. Army, keep your eyes peeled.

BlackBerry 8820 on AT&T by August 13th?

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BlackBerry 8820Obviously, take this with the grain of salt that all rumors deserve, but over the past year we’ve come to trust Boy Genius when he drops a date in our laps (even while he’s smacking us around like the BlackBerry-happy punks that we are). The straight word coming from an AT&T insider is that the BlackBerry 8820, with all it’s Wi-Fi and MicroSDHC goodness, will launch on North America’s largest GSM carrier by August 13th or 14th.

Considering that we haven’t heard a peep from AT&T enterprise users about a soft-launch, it seems like we got it half right last time. Oh well, that’s what we get for being BG wannabes. The biggest question now, however, is how quickly can we get our informant friend to send us an unlocked 8820 for use on Rogers?

RIM launches BlackBerry 8310 in Germany

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BlackBerry Curve 8310Continuing the trend of launching devices all North American BlackBerry users want in Europe first, RIM announced late yesterday that they have launched the BlackBerry Curve 8310 in Germany through Vodafone. So how does the BlackBerry 8310 differ from its cousin across the pond? Well, for starters, it comes with that sweet GPS goodness normally found in the BlackBerry 8800. Also, don’t let the image fool you, it does have a QWERTZ keyboard.

Our German friends can get the BlackBerry Curve 8310 now for 99,90 Euro in combination with a Vodafone Business Kombipaket Zuhause 240. Also, the first 5,000 customers will also receive a 1 GB microSD card (sadly, no microSDHC support) with the current 100 top chart songs pre-installed. Can anyone say Hasselhoff?

Check out the full press release after the jump