Originally Posted by jsconyers
The "world phone" issue only lies with CDMA devices (BlackBerry and non-BlackBerry alike). Most of the world uses GSM frequencies. BlackBerry made the first CDMA "world phone" with the 8830. It added the ability for it to be used on international GSM frequencies.
Carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile always had international capabilities.
The 8830 was the first blackberry cdma worldphone, I find it very unlikely that it was also the first cdma worldphone though.