Cingular Wireless has become the next wireless carrier to offer a version of the BlackBerry 7100, the first smartphone from Research in Motion (RIM).
Each 7100 series model looks slightly different, but they are all the same inside. The Cingular version, which is called the BlackBerry 7100g, resembles a combination of a couple of other models (see picture below).
This model can be purchased through Cingular’s business channels today. It will be available through the Cingular web site after February 14. The 7100g costs $250 with a two-year service contract.
BlackBerry monthly data plans from Cingular are $40 for 4 MB and $50 for unlimited usage.
More About the BlackBerry 7100 Series
For years, RIM has been known for a very successful line of cellular-wireless handhelds. The 7100 series includes its first smartphones.
They are the first BlackBerries that don’t include a full keyboard. Instead, they merge a keyboard and a numberpad in a design created by RIM. Each key handles two letters, and the devices include predictive text software.
Leaving off a full keyboard allows the 7100 series to be smaller than other BlackBerry models.
They are Quad-Band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS devices, which means they can be used in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and just about anywhere in the world.
In addition, they include Bluetooth, which allows them to be used with wireless headsets.
Of course, these smartphones run RIM’s proprietary operating system. They have 32 MB of RAM and don’t include a memory card slot.
According to RIM, the swappable battery in the 7100 series is good for up to 8 days (192 hours) of standby time and 4 hours of talk time.
BlackBerry 7100 series models are already available from T-Mobile, Vodafone, and Rogers AT&T.
More information about this series of BlackBerry smartphones is available on RIM’s web site.