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Old 01-18-2006, 09:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone heard if 8700 model will be offered by Verizon? If so, what is expected the ETA?
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Old 01-18-2006, 09:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The 8700 is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE device and will have to be completely redesigned to work on Verizon Wireless' CDMA/EVDO network. Since they just came out with the 7130 form factor, I don't think there is anything in the foreseeable future. Just a guess on my part. But Verizon is always last with everything BlackBerry.
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I agree. But maybe a version of the 8700 (form factor and keyboard) will be out this summer. Gotta believe the 7250 will soon be removed from their offerings...... anyway its all speculation.
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Old 01-18-2006, 02:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Gotta believe the 7250 will soon be removed from their offerings...... anyway its all speculation.
Any particular reasons you believe this?
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Old 01-18-2006, 03:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I agree. But maybe a version of the 8700 (form factor and keyboard) will be out this summer. Gotta believe the 7250 will soon be removed from their offerings...... anyway its all speculation.
The phone is less than a year old with Verizon, and it is working great why would they stop offering it, to replace it with the 8700v.

You didnt see Cingular or Rogers for that matter retire their 7290s to make room for the 8700 and that is even an older unit than the 7250.

Cant they co-exist? Do you think that every 7250 owner is going to go running to get an 8700, some of us do not like the size or the feel of it, despite all the other improvements and nicer screen. I for one do not see myself switching unles they decide to make it on the 7250 case format, which I do not see happening.
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Old 01-18-2006, 04:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You are correct.The 7250 came out in April 2005 and it will probably remain available for the rest of this year. What will determine its demise is RIM's direction to develop more consumer-type devices (although I never see a BB with a camera).

Its just a logical step. I can tell you that Verizon has been overly surprised at the take rate of the 7130e. I have many friends who work for VZW saying many stores ran out of the initial units (some stores got 200). And, believe it or not, some of the early Treo 700w buyers have returned them for the 7130.

Its the carriers that determine some of RIM's developmental course, like Cingular and T-MO. Verizon is trying to get more of the business community. Time will tell.....
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The 7250 came out in April 2005...
Just an FYI, I bought my 7250 in February of 2005 and I'm not a business customer.
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The 8700 is a GSM/GPRS/EDGE device and will have to be completely redesigned to work on Verizon Wireless' CDMA/EVDO network.
Why would it have to be redesigned? Do you mean internally or externally? The 7290 and 7250 are the same dimensions.
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They use completely different chipsets.
They would have to be redesigned INTERNALLY.
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there will be a cdma version coming out sometime this year.. maybe Q3? i saw the plastics for the cdma 8700.. with different inners that was being tested..
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there will be a cdma version coming out sometime this year.. maybe Q3? i saw the plastics for the cdma 8700.. with different inners that was being tested..
Where they the same size as the current 8700 or are they closer to the 7250?
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Where they the same size as the current 8700 or are they closer to the 7250?
looked like the current 8700, just a different color casing.. something also gave away that europe is also going to see the 8700.. which of course, has been mentioned a couple times on the forums already..
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Nice to know, p_dizzo. Thanks!
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looked like the current 8700, just a different color casing.. something also gave away that europe is also going to see the 8700.. which of course, has been mentioned a couple times on the forums already..
Hope that different color is black !!
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Hope that different color is black !!
no, but i hope it's just a prototype casing! it was a bit weird, a goldish green color if i remember correctly.. i wasn't thinking too much about that color as i was more intrigued with what was inside or what was to come..
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no, but i hope it's just a prototype casing! it was a bit weird, a goldish green color if i remember correctly.. i wasn't thinking too much about that color as i was more intrigued with what was inside or what was to come..
Are you kidding me? The last VZW phone like that was the Samsung 530. Wow was that ugly!
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Are you kidding me? The last VZW phone like that was the Samsung 530. Wow was that ugly!
it was probably to make it unattractive for theft while in prototype, ;)
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why does everyone say the 7250 came out in april? I purchased mine February from Verizon.
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Old 01-25-2006, 06:48 PM   #19 (permalink)
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why does everyone say the 7250 came out in april? I purchased mine February from Verizon.
I said that and I was mistaken. It was available in Feb 2005.
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does VZW actually know what their customers want?
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