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Hands-On: BlackBerry Storm

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Replying to:  WiFi vs 3G -- am I missing something? by abccell   Oct 8, 2008, 10:45 AM

Why-Fi?

by LordObento    Oct 8, 2008, 10:27 PM

Since this is a competitor to the iPhone 3G lets take somethings into consideration.

iPhone 3G works it's 3G magic in about 40% of the US Population and you still have to pay the $30 3G data plan not matter how you connect or where you are located. You could live in a 3G-less city(there are alot of them), use wifi or EDGE all day long but have to pay $10 more then the 1st Gen iPhone that does the same thing for you.

Moving on.... Prior Blackberry GSM models came in 3 flavors Regular, With GPS, or With Wifi. There isn't a GSM 3G Blackberry in the US because there isn't much of a GSM 3G network. So if you needed a faster GSM Blackberry, then a GSM wifi Blackberry or a CDMA Blackberry are your only options. CDMA 3G networks have been around over 3 yrs and cover 80% of the US Population. There has never been a CDMA Blackberry with wifi and those users do not complain or really miss it.

The future. Of course Blackberry Bold will be GSM/EDGE/3G/Wifi/GPS, but... like the iPhone 3G, it's having it's ups & downs as far as signal. AT&T and Blackberry worked together to bring this phone out based on specs AT&T wanted. Verizon worked very closely with Blackberry to bring the Storm to market based on the specs Verizon wanted. Waterloo is starting to do carrier specific phones with exclusivity agreements that go way longer then 3-6 months.

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