Sprint PCS is now offering the BlackBerry 7130e, a smartphone capable of using this carrier’s high-speed EV-DO wireless network.
Like all BlackBerries, the 7130e supports RIM’s push email system. But, unlike this company’s cellular-wireless handhelds, this model emphasizes voice over data. That’s why it doesn’t include a full keyboard. Instead, it merges a keyboard and a numberpad in a design created by RIM. Each key handles two letters and it includes predictive text software.
Still, data has hardly been ignored. As mentioned earlier, this model can access Sprint’s EV-DO network, giving it average download speeds of 400 to 700 kpbs and up to 2 Mbps in ideal conditions. And, in addition to its email software, the 7130e includes a web browser and SMS/MMS applications.
This smartphone also includes Bluetooth and can be used as a modem for a laptop for high-speed Internet access while on the go.
Naturally, this device runs RIM’s proprietary operating system. In addition, it has 64 MB of flash memory for Storage and 16 Mb of RAM.
More information on this smartphone can be found on RIM’s web site.
Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry 7130e is currently available from Sprint Stores, Sprint business sales channels, and Sprint’s web site.
It costs $200 after available discounts and promotions.