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BlackBerry 8700 Series Comes to Verizon

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Sep 12, 2006, 12:28 PM   by (staff)

Research In Motion and Verizon Wireless today announced the BlackBerry 8703e, a CDMA EVDO-enabled version of the BlackBerry 8700 already available for GSM carriers. The 8700 series features a full QWERTY keyboard and large QVGA display. The BlackBerry 8703e will be available from Verizon for $349.99 with a new two-year customer agreement beginning on Sunday, September 17. EVDO data service for BlackBerry is available for $15 monthly in conjunction with a qualifying voice plan and unlimited data plan; or $30 monthly in conjunction with an unlimited data plan.

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romeowhiskey

Sep 20, 2006, 8:57 AM

Look for the 8703e to be a soft Launched by sprint on september 28 2006

The BlackBerry 8703e replaces the 7250 with the latest updated features on the Sprint mobile broadband network, including unique built-in GPS capability to enable location–based applications. In addition, this best-of-class productivity and communications tool touts push email and IM for quick and seamless communication.
nalc143

Sep 15, 2006, 8:43 PM

blackberry: cingular vs verizon

I'm in the market for a blackerry. Do I go with cingular & their limited coverge area or do I go with verizon ( my present carrier) & wait for the new release blacberry?
Considering that the release for this model is...well, tomorrow, I would personally suggest sticking with Verizon and grabbing the 8703e. Not only do you get much better high speed data with the EVDO function, but you dont have to switch carriers
dude verizon is way better then cingular for example do you want at ferrari the can go fats nooooooo so then go to verizon where your honda will be faster the your ferrari lol Very Happy
muchdrama

Sep 13, 2006, 12:13 PM

WHAT?!

Where's the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and Infrared?!!!


Just kidding.
Bluetooth Supported Profiles: HFP, HSP
version 2.0


From the spec sheet...
themicah

Sep 12, 2006, 7:06 PM

8703e compared to 8700c

Looking at the specs (http://www.blackberry.com/products/blackberr y8700/blackberry8703e.shtml#specs), it appears that the 8703e is slightly thicker than the 8700c (http://www.blackberry.com/products/handhelds /blackberry8700c.shtml), and has a significantly weaker battery (8 days standby & 3.3 hrs talk time, vs. 16 days standby & 4 hrs talk time for the Cingular version).

Given that the poor battery performance is one of the biggest complaints I've heard about the 8700c, this makes me worry. I had been holding out for the Verizon 8700, but now I'm thinking I may need to hold out for the Verizon 8100 (Pearl). 3.3 hours of talk time just doesn't sound like enough.
I think if you compare the VZW 7130e vs Cingular 7130c youwill see similar disparity. Its due to the CDMA vs GSM technology.
agostinod

Sep 12, 2006, 3:48 PM

Cheaper data plan?

From the story, it seems that the BB unlimited plan is only $30 extra with a voice plan, any verification on that?
I do believe you read this wrong. From what I can tell, it is the EVDO package that will only run you $30 IF you have a qualifying unlimited data plan (which runs at $45). In addition, if you have both a voice and unlimited data plan, the EVDO plan ...
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