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RIM To Launch Cellular / Wi-Fi Blackberry

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May 25, 2007, 4:58 PM   by (staff)

RIM CEO Jim Balsillie told investors that the company was finally ready to introduce Wi-Fi earlier this week. He said users can expect a device with both cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity in the second half this year. The company has previously released a Wi-Fi only device with VOIP for use in corporate environments, but was waiting to release a dual-mode consumer focused device. Most other smartphone manufacturers except Palm have released combined cellular / Wi-Fi devices.

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May 25, 2007, 9:19 PM


this could be the version of the curve that tmobile is supposed to get. we can only hope.
Big deal, I guess wifi is nice, but where's the HSDPA?

May 26, 2007, 9:00 AM

Don't get too excited

I would expect some carriers to limit or simply forbid its use, Verizon comes to mind. Especially on customers who don't have unlimited data plans.
VZW would allow the device. They carry the XV6700 which also has Wi-Fi. I do hear though that the Wi-Fi doesn't work on that device if you don't have the PDA Connect package.
I don't know about you guys. But I have the 6700 pda phone for Verizon. I would use the Wi-Fi all the time when I used the phone as a cell phone and pda. (I didn't have the unlimited data feature)

Now that I have a regular phone. (LG-vx9900)...

May 27, 2007, 2:49 PM


If RIM would couple this with some of the other features they are venturing into, such as cameras, I would go for this.

Potentially, you could get a BB with Wifi, possibly even able to make VoIP calls, in addition to traditional BB features, software, being able to load memory cards, a camera...I would be able to get rid of my Palm Pilot, and I could use that instead of my Discman or MP3 player.

This would also be great to access my company's intranet while I'm in the office, something I could never do over any cellular network's data services. Couple that with VoIP calls on wifi networks, and we have a winner! Companies could also set up a secure connection over wifi so the phones they may need to provide for their employees won't...
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