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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

BlackBerry 8320 coming to AT&T in new blue hue

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AT&T BlackBerry 8320

We’re still crossing our fingers for a September 12th. BlackBerry Bold launch on AT&T, but if you aren’t holding your breath for it, the Wi-Fi BlackBerry Curve (8320) is aiming for a late September launch, which will finally complete AT&T’s Wi-Fi BlackBerry lineup. Included will be OS 4.5 (also due to hit BlackBerry 8120, BlackBerry 8820, BlackBerry 8310, and BlackBerry 8300), along with all of the associated goodies like e-mail search, free/busy lookup, Documents to Go… Of course, Wi-Fi in and of itself will offer access to AT&T’s some 17,000 hotspots across the U.S., which ain’t nothing to sneeze at, and it’ll be supporting AT&T’s Push-to-Talk service. While no pricing was mentioned, you can expect this one in the $100-range (like the 8310) and coming in a dashing new sapphire blue paint job.

BlackBerry Kickstarts pop up on Expansys, featuring PTT!

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BlackBerry 8220 from Expansys

Those fine folks who gave us the first quasi-official look at the BlackBerry 9500 are now showing the BlackBerry 8220 and BlackBerry 8210 for presale. No word on pricing (we’re holding out for $50 on contract), but they’re showing off red and black versions of the new flip BlackBerry Pearl, along with specs that mostly match up with what we’ve seen before. What’s new, however, is push-to-talk support! The upcoming iDEN BlackBerry 8350 is a solid nod towards the demand for the feature, and if the Kickstart has it too, it’ll be making a lot of people happy. As expected, the BlackBerry 8210 will be covering the GPS end of things and the BlackBerry 8220 will have Wi-Fi. The Rogers slip-up yesterday combined with this makes me think an announcement is going to happen soon – after all, if this new Pearl is due mid-September, the publicity train had better start chuggin’ along.

(via Cellpassion)

Full specifications for the BlackBerry 8220 and BlackBerry 8210 behind the jump!

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)

Sprint to update aging iDEN line?

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BlackBerrySync got the scoop on Sprint-Nextel CEO Dan Hesse’s speech at CTIA, where he said they’ll be replacing the iDEN-capable 7100i with a new BlackBerry equipped with iDEN and Wi-Fi. Though they’ve been on the ball with other BlackBerry releases, iDEN-capable phones have been pushed to the wayside. The 7100i was originally released way, way back in October of 2005. Push-To-Talk features — which is what iDEN does best — aren’t exactly deal-breakers to most people, I know, but two and a half years between releases seems a little excessive. There’s no word yet on what model they’ll be replacing it with, so we’ll have to wait on the details.