Originally Posted by fkjr2
wifi is going to suck this guy's battery dry in no time!
Nah, I'd rather have the 8100, 8300 - size is better also.
There is a reason why the 8xxx series has a large battery. RIM's co-CEO admitted himself that the larger battery was "to prepare for GPS and 'other features' that are going to be inside the product."
Full interview here: Exclusive Q&A: BlackBerry at a Crossroads - Cell Phone News by LAPTOP Magazine
That said, there is a high probability that some of the early released 8xxx series devices have WiFi radios intact, just disabled via chipset firmware. I base this statement on a recent conversation with a couple of birds who flew in from from Waterloo and who will remain nameless.
Wireless network carriers don't really want WiFi; I mean, why would they? It would allow their customers to take them out of the equation and use their own wireless network to send/receive data and take advantage of VOIP whenever they are in range of a WiFi network. So as a result, some carriers have intentionally shunned WiFi and/or disabled it. Similar to certain carriers disabling GPS, file transfers via Bluetooth, and network locking their devices. It's all about protecting revenue.