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Rumor: 3G BlackBerry PlayBook Coming Soon with LTE Version Soon After

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Rumor has it that a cell-enabled 3G PlayBook is coming in late March or early April. The source of the rumor also expects an LTE PlayBook “some time soon” after the release of the 3G PlayBook. These rumors seem plausible as we’ve already seen Sprint officially announce a 4G PlayBook. It’s not a stretch to think other carriers will offer a 3G and LTE version.

It’s not clear what version of the PlayBook will be the right one to purchase. Do you hold out for cellular connectivity? Or do you grab the WiFi version because it means you won’t need another dataplan? Either way, we’re getting one.

Sprint Announces 4G BlackBerry PlayBook To Launch This Summer

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Today, Sprint has announced a 4G PlayBook will be available exclusively from Sprint this summer. While many have debated whether 4G is all it’s cracked up to be, it’s still awesome to know that the PlayBook will be available with radio connectivity on the Sprint 4G network. According to Sprint, the 4G PlayBook will give customers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1. More details in the press release below.
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BlackBerry Style 9670 Review: The First Clamshell, Full QWERTY BlackBerry

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The BlackBerry Style is official and has launched on most carriers for $99.99 on a 2 year contract (after a mail-in rebate). With TELUS, the Style will be $49.99 on a three year contract. The Style comes in steel gray and royal purple, as well as the standard black and features BlackBerry 6 out of the box.

The Style is an interesting form factor that has been hugely popular over the years but isn’t necessarily a modern trend. When you look at the devices that are gaining a lot of steam and popularity, a clamshell form factor doesn’t come to mind. Still, you can’t deny the prevalence of these devices and if anyone is going to do it at a good price point and modern design, it’s RIM. I’ve been using the device for about a month now, so lets take a deep look at this device, and see what it’s like. Hit the jump for the full review.
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BlackBerry Curve 8530 OS 5.0.0.973 Update from Sprint

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Hat tip to my pal, Bobby Freeman, for pointing to the OS update for the Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530. You’ll get a nice little bump up to 5.0.0.973. Sure, it’s not OS 6, but each incremental step is a bit better than before, isn’t it? Catch the upgrade at BlackBerry’s site.

RIM and Sprint Introduce the Clamshell BlackBerry Style 9670

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It’s official, RIM and Sprint have introduced the BlackBerry Style 9670, which they’re billing as the “first full-QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry in a flip form factor.” The Style has two high rez dispays, allowing you to get a preview of messages, phone calls, music and calendar reminders. The Style will ship with BlackBerry 6, a WebKit browser, and integrated social feeds.

Other features of the BlackBerry Style include:

  • 5MP camera with flash, autofocus and support for video recording
  • Available in Royal Purple and Steel Grey colors
  • External high resolution display (240 x 320), internal high resolution display (360 x 400)
  • Dual Band CDMA/EVDO Rev. A; CDMA 800; CDMA 1900
  • Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • 512 MB Flash, microSDHC memory card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • BlackBerry App World pre-loaded
  • BlackBerry 6
  • RSS and social networking feeds

The BlackBerry Style will be available nationally on Oct. 31 for $99.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate). Starting Tuesday, customers can also reserve the Steel Grey BlackBerry Style at sprint.com/bbstyle to be purchased on October 31. The Royal Purple color will be available in November.

Sprint Announces the BlackBerry Curve 3G

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Sprint has announced that they will be carrying the BlackBerry Curve 3G and will be making it available through direct channels on September 26th and elsewhere on October 10th. The Curve 3G is the same as the 85XX series style and form factor wise, but it’s BlackBerry 6 upgradeable. Generally, this phone will run you about $50 more than its predecessors, which many will find worth it considering the upgrade. The Curve 3G will be available in Graphite Gray or Royal Purple.

Read our review of the BlackBerry Curve 3G.