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Rogers has seen fit to add yet another 'Berry to its collection, we give you the BlackBerry 8820. This sorta winsome device packs everything you know and love about the 8800 into a strikingly familiar package -- OK, identical -- package and adds WiFi for the Rogers Home Calling Zone UMA service. Ex...

June 20th 2008 at 7:23am 0 Comments
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Right on time, T-Mobile has added another piece to the smartphone side of the HotSpot@Home puzzle with the 8820, featuring both WiFi and GPS in a single package -- a somewhat rare combo from our friends at RIM, and a new, fresh answer to the 8800 and 8830 variants found on every other national carr...

March 24th 2008 at 12:01am 0 Comments
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That wasn't that bad of a delay, we suppose -- if the new date holds, anyway. After an original target of March 5, we went through a brief period of sheer panic, terror, and helplessness as T-Mobile's systems appeared to indicate a new date of "TBD" for RIM's BlackBerry 8820, which isn't on any cal...

March 12th 2008 at 12:19pm 0 Comments
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Previously rumored for a March 5th release, we've been tipped that T-Mobile's WiFi-equipped, Hotspot @Home-capable BlackBerry 8820 appears to have been pushed back (at least, that's what we'd take "TBD" to mean where March 5 used to appear). Sadly, delays are more the rule than the exception in thi...

February 24th 2008 at 7:53am 0 Comments
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We're hearing rumblings that T-Mobile's going to drop a WiFi-enabled version of the BlackBerry 8800 -- better known in the public vernacular as the 8820 -- on March 5th. Yeah, it's just a rumor at this point, but the move would make total sense for several reasons: one, the 8820 already exists so R...

February 7th 2008 at 5:20pm 0 Comments
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Generally we're the type to pass out the second we've stowed our carry-on items safely in the overhead bin, but on a recent test flight for a gang of reporters, photographers, Fortune 500 execs, and the obligatory PR team, JetBlue managed to keep us awake by magically letting us communicate with ou...

December 11th 2007 at 11:53am 0 Comments
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In a welcome first for domestic airlines, JetBlue will be rolling out free in-flight Yahoo IM and email services to passengers packing WiFi-equipped devices, starting aboard its new "BetaBlue" Airbus A320. Once this test-bed passenger jet reaches 10,000 feet, an in-plane network with three in-ceili...

December 6th 2007 at 4:58pm 0 Comments
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Sorry, 8800 owners -- your pieces are officially obsolete (not really, unless WiFi is a big deal for you). AT&T has gotten officially official today with the 802.11a/b/g-equipped 8820 at the expected $299 contract price point, offering integrated GPS, push-to-talk support, EDGE data, a microSD...

September 19th 2007 at 11:02am 0 Comments
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If the rumor mill pans out, the upcoming BlackBerry 8820 stands to be a bottomless piggy bank for AT&T. Why? First we heard that the device's WiFi capability would be unusable without an EDGE data plan -- despite the fact that there's absolutely no reasonable correlation between the two -- and n...

August 17th 2007 at 1:55pm 0 Comments
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Sources are telling us that RIM's upgraded 8800, the 8820, will finally be ready for AT&T come the 15th of September. As a refresher, the 8820 adds WiFi to the 8800's buttoned down, all-business spec sheet, but it turns out there's a very sneaky catch: WiFi won't be usable unless the subscriber...

August 15th 2007 at 11:56am 0 Comments
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If it seems like there's been a lull in AT&T's 3G handset launch cadence, that may be about to change. Boy Genius has the Motorola Q9 and RAZR 2 V9 both coming out on August 24, making for one heck of a double whammy. The EDGE-only SMT5700 may finally rear its head on the 24th (wow, a triple wha...

August 1st 2007 at 11:16am 0 Comments
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We've had this handset pegged for AT&T for ages, but the first operator to get it out the door is Orange UK. Orange will take advantage of the WiFi UMA angle by offering business customers access to its Unique service. Like a similar offering from T-Mobile on this side of the ocean, the 8820 can...

July 27th 2007 at 1:50pm 0 Comments