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RIM announces BlackBerry 8820

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BlackBerry 8820Hot off the presses, we’ve got news that the BlackBerry 8820 is en route, packing delicious Wi-Fi connectivity. Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b and g will all be supported, as documented in the FCC patent last week, and not only for data. Generic Access Networking (a.k.a. UMA) will allow for seamless dual-mode calling while in a Wi-Fi hotspot. Although that’s the big feature, besides which the device is largely an 8800, the new BlackBerry will also also be bringing a few other goodies. For one, it will support microSDHC memory cards, meaning up to 32GB of storage capacity. We looked at the 8 GB cards that are in the works from Samsung not too long ago. No 3G just yet, still quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE. GPS is in there too, and RIM also points out AZERTY and QWERTZ keypad availability, pointing to an early launch in both France and Germany. In fact, RIM’s handset index lists France as the only European country confirmed to carry the 8820 so far.

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Wi-Fi 88XX BlackBerry en route

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BlackBerry 8800Well, this is a little twist we didn’t see coming. Everyone was looking to the Komet or the 8320 for our first release of BlackBerry Wi-Fi goodness, but the FCC has recently approved an 88XX packing 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi awesomeness. No 3G, sadly. Jim Dog says we should be seeing this sucker before the end of the year. Russ over at ZDNet has a few screens and linkage to the report.