updated 02:40 pm EDT, Wed September 10, 2008
BlackBerry 8350i at Sprint
Sprint this afternoon slipped a seventh phone unveiling into its CTIA expo plans and launched the promised BlackBerry 8350i. The device is the first Curve to support the provider's Nextel iDEN network and sets up a push-to-talk call with as many 20 total users in the space of a second, making it ideal for outdoor travelers or workers who want a BlackBerry's "push" mail but with instant voice as well. It moreover stands as the most feature-laden Curve with both GPS and Wi-Fi, either of which is normally available only by itself on other carriers.
Outside of the communication and mapping features, most of the phone is a close fit for the 8330 with a two-megapixel camera, microSD storage, and a media player to match; a high-capacity 1,400mAh battery should extend its battery life. Documents to Go is preloaded for editing and viewing Office documents on the road.
Sprint is non-committal with its launch and says only that the 8350i will be ready for its network by the end of the year. Final costs and a more specific launch will be announced later.