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RIM Shrinks BlackBerry

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Sep 8, 2004, 2:23 AM   by (staff)

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the BlackBerry 7100, a smaller, more phone-like device in the company's popular series of email-centric devices. To achieve the smaller size, the company has developed a new type of keypad with a 20-key layout that features two letters on most keys, along with new predictive text entry software called SureType. Unlike previous BlackBerry models, the 7100 will be marketed and priced for the mass market, with a $199.99 price tag. Other features of the 7100 include quad-band GSM, Bluetooth, and speakerphone. T-Mobile USA plans to begin selling the exclusive 7100t variant in October.

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Sep 13, 2004, 5:53 PM

New Blackberry Browser Capability Compared to Sidekick

Im considering the new sidekick coming out vs the new blackberry. Does anyone know if the new blackberry can 1) accept email from multiple email accounts 2) will the browser be fast and will it allow you to see real web pages like the sidekick. What would you recommend
bones boy

Sep 9, 2004, 6:05 PM

Quad-band from T-Mobile? NOT!!

T-Mobile offering a phone that's 850 MHz capable? Then why did they bother crippling the V600? Hmmm... 🙄

Let's just say that based on previous experience, this phone probably won't be quad-band AND from T-Mobile...

(personal commentary) Now if CINGULAR gets it, not only would it be quad-band, it would be UNLOCKED too!! 😁
I'm not surprised that it's a Quad-Band. I have a feeling that now that we're seeing a convergence of the GSM carriers, the US will adopt a roaming model similar to Europe's. Check out this link for a T-Mobile press release talking about a potential...
Fascinating thoughts to bones boy regarding the new Blackberry, however I would like to correct you on several errors.

First off, T-Mobile is an internationally focused company vs say Cingular of Sprint or Verizon, while Cingular carries a very sma...

Sep 11, 2004, 3:28 PM

Svelteness = Better Sales and Usability.

I'm surprised it took RIM this long to incorporate a slimmer design into its product line.

Sep 9, 2004, 7:23 AM

Will other carriers ever get it?

I know that T-Mobile is going to get the 7100, but will other carriers get this phone eventually?
No, hahahahahahaha, you sorry bastards this one was developed specifically for us!! muwahahha
It's quad-band. It has 850. I imagine RIM would love for all carriers to offer it. And based on the fact that Cingular and AT&T seem to be very strong with RIM, I don't see them skipping this one. Just speculation, though...

Sep 9, 2004, 7:37 PM

the new keyboard

I was sold on this until i saw that it doesnt have the same keyboard..... have you used it yet Rich? Im curious if its as fast a qwerty.
Nope - haven't tried it yet. But then again I'm not a regular BlackBerry user - someone who is would be probably be a better person to judge...
I'm looking forward to trying the new keyboard. I watched the demos on its functionality, and I think it will be better than the standard. (I find the keys just too small, and I can type almost as fast, if not faster, on my Samsung w/ T9 text).
It's not quite as fast (if you are fast with the current qwerty), although most users have found that they can type almost as fast after some time with it. Some have even shown speeds of 30-40 wpm with the new keyboard layout. 😁

It's different, b...

Sep 10, 2004, 1:57 PM


I'm wondering how flexable this phone is. Does anyone know if you will be able to use this phone as a modem for your bluetooth enable PCs? I'd love to dump my cable modem, as I do not need the speed. Just wondering if I can use this to connect to the internet, or if this phone is just not able to do it. Course, I'll probably have to wait to get one to test this.

Sep 8, 2004, 12:02 PM

Almost the ultimate phone.....

why couldn't they combine wifi with it? 🙄
Give RIM time... they shrink the thing, price it for the mass market, AND you expect them to shoehorn Wifi into it?!? 🙄

Methinks it's like buying a Renault Twingo & expecting both a V-12 turbo engine AND a GPS-driven navigation system. Not l...
RIM devices really don't need 802.11- do they? The whole concept is email anywhere, not at a HotSpot or the office. And I don't think the "browser" qualifies for any speed more then EDGE will eventually provide.
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