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NCBuckeye 09-08-2007 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by reras99 (Post 659817)
I heard the 8820 will be replaced soon after it's released by the 8900 which will be 3G and cost around $800..........

LOL, OK. Info please?

john79g 09-09-2007 07:28 PM

i am no expert, but i know that i just purchased about 100 Blackberries for my company. i was trying to decide between Sprint and ATT. one of our key needs was broadband so our users can tether when needed. we asked ATT about 3G and told them it was a deal breaker since Sprint is EVDO. our rep is a large business rep and told us they have no timeline currently for 3G. he told us that knowing he would probabaly lose the sale, so i think if there were any plans he would have shared with us hoping they could get the sale.

BryanHarig 09-09-2007 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by john79g (Post 661273)
i am no expert, but i know that i just purchased about 100 Blackberries for my company. i was trying to decide between Sprint and ATT. one of our key needs was broadband so our users can tether when needed. we asked ATT about 3G and told them it was a deal breaker since Sprint is EVDO. our rep is a large business rep and told us they have no timeline currently for 3G. he told us that knowing he would probabaly lose the sale, so i think if there were any plans he would have shared with us hoping they could get the sale.

Then he is an honest man, better then many of the carrier reps who will fabricate any BS required to make the sale.

MichaelBB 09-09-2007 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Wade DeHart (Post 656589)
when is AT&T coming out with a Blackberry that runs at 3G speed? spoken to many there who are all clueless !!

December & or January

NJBlackBerry 09-09-2007 08:35 PM

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Originally Posted by MichaelBB (Post 661352)
December & or January

What year?

Stinsonddog 09-09-2007 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry (Post 661359)
What year?

1Q 08 according to my rep.

john79g 09-09-2007 09:17 PM

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Originally Posted by BryanHarig (Post 661287)
Then he is an honest man, better then many of the carrier reps who will fabricate any BS required to make the sale.

he was, i was very disappointed that we couldn't use them at the time. the service we have received from AT&T was much better than the current train wreck with Sprint, however, they do have REV A and it is fast. Our end users don't deal with Sprint problems so they are happy, however, hopefully when our one year contract expires in 08 with Sprint AT&T will have a 3G BB AND the coverage to go with it, but that is a big if.

ABuehrlen 09-16-2007 01:01 AM

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Originally Posted by NJBlackBerry (Post 661359)
What year?

LOL.....gotta love NJ's Humor. Probably the year2016 NJ

SoxFan 09-16-2007 08:51 AM

I was at an AT&T store yesterday, and the manager told me that Blackberry is coming out with a new device with "WIFI", which will mean high speed web surfing, "sometime this fall".

guinda35 09-16-2007 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Stinsonddog (Post 661382)
1Q 08 according to my rep.

Given that RIM already has the technology in place, I can't see why they would miss the Christmas season on purpose. You know, give us a chance to buy $800 Berry-presents with wifi, 3G, web browsing at warp speed, never before seen graphics, free and user friendly mapping and directions, more storage capacity, super battery life, and on ATT.

So I'd guess, totally guess, though on sound business principles, that we're looking at a mid Q4 of this year roll out for the 9xxx.

BryanHarig 09-16-2007 02:03 PM

The current generation of blackberries has just been refreshed. IE: 8300 -> 8320 and 8310, 8800 -> 8820, 8100 -> 8120, 8130 (soon).

Why would rim undercut that by launching a new 3g blackberry so soon? Remember that their main focus remains on the business market (despite their recent gains in consumer market), so they are not tied to the holiday season as some manufacturers.

LunkHead 09-16-2007 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Dubdub (Post 657491)
I really don't think 3G will live up to the hype and what everyone expects. Realistically, the only advantage I see is that it will be a bit faster if you tether.

Email will be pushed as it always gets push. Speed won't make a noticeable difference.

You might be able to detect a little faster browsing, but I doubt if it will be much, since most websites are not optimized for mobile devices and the handhelds just don't have enough horsepower (processor and memory) and screen real estate to make it speedy.

One thing I think we will all see is that battery life will decrease, just as we are seeing now with the WiFi devices.

I hope it will prove me wrong though.

I agree 100% The hype over 3G is laughable IMHO....

rambo47 09-16-2007 03:32 PM

Ditto. I was all revved up for 3G, but when I think about it I realize it won't do much for me. WiFi would do more, but again it's not going to rewrite how I use my Blackberry. I want WiFi that is managed seamlessly by the device, like the iPhone. That's the only thing that really lights me up about the iPhone, however, and there's no way I'm ditching my Blackberry for one of those! These are "nice to have" features but not "killer features" IMHO. And to echo the sentiments expressed by Dubdub and Lunk, battery life is a major concern. I'm waiting for once to read the reviews of early adopters. Hey, sometimes it hurts being on the bleeding edge!

antman84 09-17-2007 01:24 PM

rim has been working on 3g blackberrys but will not release them until they have zero bugs. aim for q308 is what my sources tell me

jamexman 09-21-2007 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by penguin3107 (Post 657078)
The rep you heard that from is mistaken.
None of the AT&T Blackberry Devices have a 3G radio in them.
It's not possible to add hardware to a device via OS update.


They said the same for a 4gb Micro SD support on the Pearl. Everybody said impossible since 4Ggb Micro SD support required new hardware. And then, boom new OS 4.2.1.107 was released and now the Pearl supports 4Gb micro SD cards.... Why not possible for 3G? Maybe the hardware is there, and the software support isnt there yet.... That's what I'm hoping at least

penguin3107 09-21-2007 09:40 PM

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Originally Posted by jamexman (Post 676168)
They said the same for a 4gb Micro SD support on the Pearl. Everybody said impossible since 4Ggb Micro SD support required new hardware. And then, boom new OS 4.2.1.107 was released and now the Pearl supports 4Gb micro SD cards.... Why not possible for 3G? Maybe the hardware is there, and the software support isnt there yet.... That's what I'm hoping at least

This isn't even remotely close to supporting a higher capacity SD card.
The Pearl doesn't have a 3G radio in it. The Curve doesn't have a 3G radio in it. The 8800 doesn't have a 3G radio in it. The 8820 doesn't have a 3G radio in it. They've been opened, examined, scrutinized, deconstructed, etc... and there's no 3G radio in there.
Plain and simple. End of story.

BryanHarig 09-21-2007 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by jamexman (Post 676168)
They said the same for a 4gb Micro SD support on the Pearl. Everybody said impossible since 4Ggb Micro SD support required new hardware. And then, boom new OS 4.2.1.107 was released and now the Pearl supports 4Gb micro SD cards.... Why not possible for 3G? Maybe the hardware is there, and the software support isnt there yet.... That's what I'm hoping at least


The FCC doesnt test SD card slots. They do test wireless radios. If a device is going to ever use a 3g freqency legaly then they need to aprove it. When they do we will know about it.

bradhs 09-22-2007 04:09 AM

If we only had 3G broadband on our BlackBerry's ... I could drop my second account (laptop pc card) and all my current employees could tether! How nice would that be.

penguin3107 09-22-2007 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by bradhs (Post 676484)
If we only had 3G broadband on our BlackBerry's ... I could drop my second account (laptop pc card) and all my current employees could tether! How nice would that be.

Switch to Verizon or Sprint. They've had 3G BlackBerry devices for years.
Just about all of our users dumped their PC Cards in favor of BlackBerry tethering.

flyingsaucer 09-22-2007 07:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Dubdub (Post 657491)
I really don't think 3G will live up to the hype and what everyone expects.

The problem is that 3G has been available in other countries for several years and is relatively common. Although it may not have lived up to its hype, I would not consider a non-3G phone now, it would be a backwards step. This makes it frustrating when RIM brings out "new" models such as the curve but which are not 3G. It feels as if they are falling behind technologically.


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