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Sprint carries BlackBerry 8350i with push-to-talk

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.

by MacNN Staff



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    Blackberry Update

    The new Blackberry 8350i for Nextel is due to be released on December 1st with a price tag of $149.l99 after a $100 mail in rebate for qualified subscribers. If anyone would like to verify their eligibility and be placed on our pre-order list, please contact me directly at

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    Delayed Release Date

    THE BLACKBERRY RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK! Sprint just announced that they are pushing the release date of the highly anticipated Blackberry 8350i to December 15th. We are currently taking pre-orders for this handset; to be added or for more information, please contact me directly at

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    Blackberry 8350i

    A week ago, I went to Sprint and got the Blackberry 8330. Sprint’s 3G network is blazingly fast. Then I saw a colleague with a Blackberry 8350i, so I went back to Sprint and exchanged the 8330 for the 8350i—since my job requires me to also have a walkie-talkie.
    The Sprint salesperson did point out that the 8350i runs on the Nextel radio network, but failed to make it clear that Nextel’s network is slow and nowhere near Sprint’s 3G network. The store only had two 8350i’s and I was lucky enough to get one before they were put out as display models.
    Now I’m stuck with the 8350i (since Sprint would only allow one return/exchange within 30 days of purchase) which takes 2, 3 or 4 times longer than the 8330 to open a website. Watching is a joke as Nextel’s network is rather slow.
    If you love to surf the ‘net, don’t get the 8350i and stick with Sprint’s 8330 or other 8000 models running on the 3G network. But if you use the walkie-talkie more than you surf the ‘net, then get the 8350i.
    I know I cannot have everything in one phone such as the 8350i. But considering that I have to now carry only one phone instead of three (and capable of using a 16gig MicroSD compared to the 8330's 2 gig capacity) —more than outweighs the shortcomings of the 8350i running on Nextel’s network.
    Overall, I’m still happy with the 8350i. I only wished that Nextel runs on the 3G network.

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