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BlackBerry Curve – Inferno and Red on Sprint

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Sure, everyone is excited about the BlackBerry Tour’s launch this weekend.  Even the GSM folks.  Sprint wants you to not forget the BlackBerry Curve 8330 and 8350i, though, by launching new colors.  Soon you’ll be able to pick up an 8330 in Inferno and an 8350i in Red.  Anyone excited about these new hues?

Update – BlackBerry Curve Inferno is available

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Telus BlackBerry Curve 8350i Launch — Ian Willis interview

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Here’s some more video goodness of our time at AIM Autosport for the Telus BlackBerry Curve 8350i launch event. I had a great time talking to Ian Willis, one of the founders of AIM, about a variety of things: why his company needs a PTT BlackBerry running on the Mike network, how cool his car is, and a special project he’s working on with RIM/Telus (it’s quite cool). Ian is actually a BlackBerry Cool reader and also gave us a nice shout out. If you want to learn more about AIM (they have a great team and wicked cars), you can check out another video about them after the jump, or a link to their website below.

AIM Autosport Website

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Telus BlackBerry Curve 8350i launch — Mark Applebaum interview

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While at Telus’ BlackBerry Curve 8350i launch event, I had the opportunity to speak with Mark Applebaum, Director of Strategy & Marketing, Mobility Solutions at Telus. You can think of Mark as the enterprise version of Judy Mellet, who we interviewed at the BlackBerry Storm launch party. Watch the video above to learn which industries should choose the 8350i over the BlackBerry Curve, why a PTT (push-to-talk) BlackBerry is better than a separate communications system, and more about iDEN’s superior voice quality and in-building penetration. We also give a shout out to the ancient BlackBerry 7100i.

As for the talk-time stats Mark mentions in the video, they can be found at the link below.

Telus BlackBerry Curve 8350i Specifications

Telus BlackBerry 8350i Launch Event Gallery and Quick Impressions

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Last week I had the pleasure of heading to Woodbridge, Ontario for Telus’ BlackBerry 8350i launch event at AIM Autosport. AIM is a customer on Telus’ Mike iDEN network, and they were kind enough to talk about how they use the push-to-talk Mike network and why they’re so juiced to be getting the BlackBerry 8350i. I was also able to sit in their wicked sweet race car, which was sadly without an engine, and thus unavailable for a test drive (next time!). You can see all the photos after the jump, and there’s video on the way.

As for impressions, it’s hard to get a sense for the value of the 8350i, because we haven’t done extensive testing of the Mike network to see how cool PTT really is. Telus is going to send us a bunch of 8350′s for everyone in the office, however, so we’ll be able to say more shortly (I expect a lot of PTT silliness will ensue). As for my impressions of the 8350i as a device, I think it’s a winner over the standard 8330. While the BlackBerry 8350i is a bit longer and thicker than its Curve counterpart, it has a much sturdier build quality. It honestly takes me back to the days of the BlackBery 8700: you could throw the 8350i through drywall and it would come out the other side unscathed (it’s a long story). Wi-Fi is also a major bonus, and something I miss on my BlackBerry Storm.

For an extended look at the 8350i, check out BBCool contributer Mike’s Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8350i impressions and unboxing photos.

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BlackBerry Curve 8350i unboxing photos

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From the amount of comments I’ve seen on BlackBerry Cool recently, it’s clear that many members of the BlackBerry Nation are eager to get their hands on the BlackBerry Curve 8350i. Even though it’s been officially released just this morning, BlackBerry Cool reader Mike has already hooked us up with some nice unboxing shots of the new iDEN BlackBerry. He’s going to be sending along some hands on impressions soon, but here’s what he’s had to say so far:

OS 4.6 looks good and runs smooth.

Merry Christmas, Sprint/Nextel customers! You can see the rest of the photos after the jump.

BlackBerry Curve 8350i unboxing screenshots

Sprint launches BlackBerry Curve 8350i

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Christmas came just a little bit early for Sprint/Nextel subscribers, who finally have a new iDEN BlackBerry. Sprint and RIM officially announced the push-to-talk enabled BlackBerry Curve 8350i this morning, while Sprint’s online ordering page has been up since late last night (thanks to everyone who sent this in).

“The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone is the most recent example of our solid commitment to iDEN technology and our Nextel Direct Connect customers,” said Danny Bowman, president of Nextel Direct Connect. “The BlackBerry Curve 8350i smartphone is designed for customers who require instant convenient push-to-talk services to communicate with friends and family as well as with employees, customers and suppliers. The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is a premium smartphone that strikes a perfect balance between performance and usability.”

Confirming the pricing information we broke earlier this year, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i is being sold for $149.99 with a two-year contract. If you want the iDEN BlackBerry now, you must order online, as the device won’t be available in stores nationwide until January 11th.

Head to Sprint.com to order yours now.