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BlackBerry Curve 8350i gains FCC approval

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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?

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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 to keep iDEN network

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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|

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)

iDEN BlackBerry gets ID’d

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BlackBerry 7100iRemember those rumours of an iDEN BlackBerry on Sprint? Well, they haven’t died. Due out late this year, the BlackBerry 8350 will be touting WiFi (b/g) and OS 4.6.1. For those who weren’t around for it, iDEN was an old network standard that did some good stuff with push-to-talk, but was largely replaced by the GSM standard. iDEN’s been slowly dying out since, but clearly there’s still some interest in push-to-talk on BlackBerry… Anyone out there still use it?

(via BlackBerry News)

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