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BlackBerry 8350i Pushes Its Way Onto Sprint's Network

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Dec 15, 2008, 8:51 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today the RIM BlackBerry 8350i goes on sale for Sprint Nextel customers. The 8350i, announced earlier this year, uses Sprint's iDEN network and has Wi-Fi, GPS, a 2 megapixel camera, media player, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP stereo, expandable memory up to 16GB, and the ability to access push-based services. It is available online and via Sprint's business channels starting today, but won't be in retail stores until January 11. It will cost $150 after rebates with new agreement.

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Dec 16, 2008, 1:35 PM

Not good for DC

There's no 'real' speaker on this phone. If it's coming with a speaker setup like the Curve, which is muffled and exits the top through a tiny slot, this will make a terrible speaker phone.
So, you haven't seen or used the phone, but you are assuming it is bad for DC? Thanks, but i'll wait till i try one out for myself before i pass judgement

Dec 15, 2008, 11:34 PM

Not availble till 2009 in retail?

Are they just talking Sprint retail stores because Best Buy Mobile is selling it in stores for 149.99 w/ a 2 year service agreement.
I guess you answered your own question then.
It is available in corporate stores but it has to be shipped which takes about 3-5 business days. They won't start actively shipping them to stores until january 11th

Dec 16, 2008, 1:55 PM

sprint/nextel? :(

I really hope with all these new phones coming out, it helps the company get back off the ground. Were at 1.82 a share right now, with no investors. But if you check out at&t or verizon, thier still over 30.00 a share. Alhough these new phones that have the nextel direct connect with the sprint voice are awesome, (and selling really fast), theres still a large part of the network that isnt turned on with it yet. iknow the market im in has the evdo rev-a speeds, but no direct connect on the phones yet. 😕

Dec 15, 2008, 2:44 PM


I saw a spec sheet on Wirefly that has this as a CDMA device with EVDO REV A data, an iDEN radio for PTT and WIFI as well. Oh yeah, they also say it has GSM support for overseas.

Could this possibly be?
I haven't heard of anything like that...

But i guess if you wanted to twist it to say that via wi-fi it could get those types of speeds and iden networks do exist outside of the united states for international travel...Wouldn't be the first 3rd par...

Dec 15, 2008, 10:23 AM

It's About Time

Glad to see a new Blackberry with Direct Connect. Way to go Sprint!!
i love Nextel and i use the I880 now and i have used the Ic902..Why did Sprint not make the new BB a Hybrid phone using sprint for Data.. i don't think Nextel internet is as fast. I will still get the the New Blackberry but wish it used both networks....
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