Weekly Contest: Showing CDMA Love

TowerCTIA started off with a bang this year, announcing the BlackBerry 8330 across three carriers, the latest CDMA BlackBerry since the 8130 over Christmas. The majority of BlackBerrys (and handsets in general) run on GSM networks, but with these devices toting EV-DO capabilities for blazing data transfer, and with enhancements to voice service on the way, CDMA is a solid choice for carriers. Of course, a big part of the impetus is on manufacturers like RIM to make devices which support the underdog technology, without which service providers have nothing to show customers. What do you think? Is RIM showing CDMA enough love? The Curve’s been out since early last summer, and only now, on the brink of a new generation of 3GSM BlackBerrys, are the likes of Verizon, Telus and Sprint getting their hands on it. Maybe we’re lucky that CDMA is getting a bone thrown their way at all, but would it be that hard to squeeze out a Wi-Fi BlackBerry for CDMA users, or would it not even be worth RIM’s trouble? Give us your take on the CDMA/GSM debate and win three BlackBerry skins of your choice from DecalGirl, and the recently-launched Guitar Hero 3 Mobile!

Last week we talked about waiting for the BlackBerry 9000 (which it looks like we’ll be doing for the 8330 as well), and whether or not RIM was making a good enough clip to keep up with competitors. A lot of folks chimed in that more on-board memory was needed, and as a guy who checks out BlackBerry software all day long, I can’t help but agree. The win is going to Rajiv for making the reasonable stand that the wait is worth it for a finely-polished product. We’ll be setting him up with Bplay’s latest two games, Sushi Mania and Big Kahuna Words as well as the excessively slick Crossbar theme. Thanks for the entries, everyone, and hope to see you again this week!

Comments [13 Responses]

April 4th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I’m inclined to say, just barely enough love, not not a respectable amount. It’s obviously more marketable, to create GSM phones since they’re more popular, but the US/N.A. is still a huge market, and the CDMA providers that exist here aren’t going anywhere. I for one know that I won’t be changing my CDMA provider for anyone else, so it would make sense to provide either same time releases, or something within a month or two, 3 at most for new products, especially if they’re trying to move into the consumer market, which they’re doing a phenomenal job with already.

Unless RIM is intentionally trying to give a service provider the leg up, I don’t see why these separate technologies could be developed side by side and released together.

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April 4th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I have been waiting so long for the CDMA 8330. I almost gave up hope and jumped ship to a GSM carrier not only to be able to get the Curve, but for all the upcoming Blackberries as well. Very frustrating that GSM devices seem to come out almost a year before their repsective CDMA counterparts. I don’t understand why they can’t release both GSM and CDMA versions at the same time. I understand the global appeal of GSM, but last I checked, I thought that CDMA had more subscribers in North America…where I thought the bulk of RIMs customers were located…

April 4th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

As a verizon user, i find it very frustrating that CDMA handsets come out so much alter than their GSM relatives. however, i can understand that there is a need for this, due to the larger GSM market, and th need to make the phones CDMA compatible. However, i wonder if holding the GSM phones back a month or two might be beneficial in the long run. I know no consumer would like this, but RIM could definitely benefit more off of the hype of a new model announcement if all carriers were getting the phone, at least within a reasonable time period of the announcement. I’m not saying hole the GSMs until CDMAs are ready, but shrink the gap from 9+ months to 5 or 6. Downsides of this strategy would be less time to improve the CDMA models (think working out the bugs from the 8100 to the 8130), and consumers would have to wait longer for the GSM models to be released.

Ian Collins
April 6th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

I think that all phones should have 2 versions. GSM and CDMA, If I want to upgrade to a newer BlackBerry and my provider is GSM and the newer phone is CDMA it would be a pain. I also believe that all providers carry the same phones. I don’t want to switch providers to upgrade because my current provider does not carry that phone.

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