Originally Posted by Number_44
a picture would be awesome! Was it the Indigo and Crimson looking ones?
Sorry man but my 8700 doesn't have a camera else I'd gladly have taken a picture. It is an Indigo looking unit as that form factor has enough room for the CDMA/GSM radios.
Originally Posted by needasprintBB
Did you hear...
verizon or sprint?
timeframe for release??
No idea on release date, just that this was a beta unit and in development. I don't know how 'early' of a beta it was as my contact didn't get into many specifics and though that I'd enjoy having an 8800 in my hands to get the feel of it. I can just say that the unit was not feature complete at this point.
Originally Posted by mjbanks
Any word if the new 8830 will have EVDO Rev A? Or will we have to wait for the Crimson?
No idea on this either, again I didn't really get into technical specifics, I'm a GSM user so the CDMA wasn't that interesting to me other than the form factor of the 8800, screen quality, build quality/feel, etc...
Originally Posted by BlackBerryCoolSteve
I think this is the "Cyclone" model we've been hearing about.
Yeah my contact didn't give me any 'codenames', I know for a fact that with recent leaks from guys like the Boy Genius about the Pearl/8800 have definately raised eyebrows at RIM. I've been told from several sources that I have that device codenames are now carrier specific so that any leaks will identify the source, or at least point RIM in the right direction to finding them. Eg. Rogers Indigo is known as the Arrow and I've also heard of another device being mentioned called the 'Canuck', maybe this is the equivalent Crimson.
All in all the get together with my contact was more about catching up as I hadn't seen them in ages and they brought a cool new beta device with them to show off since they know I'm a technology junkie. I wouldn't want to press them or release information that would tie back to them in substancial way but also wanted to share this info so that you CDMA guys have something to look forward too, namely a nice 8800-Indigo unit with identical form factor to the GSM 8800 that will also give European GSM band functionality and will have the GSM portion unlocked.