Nextel Now Offering BlackBerry with Bluetooth

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Nextel has just begun carrying the BlackBerry 7520. This isn’t this company’s first BlackBerry wireless handheld, but it is its first BlackBerry with Bluetooth.

Bluetooth allows the 7520 to use the wireless headsets that are so popular now.

Bluetooth short-range wireless networking is a new addition to the BlackBerry platform. At this point, the only other carrier in the U.S. offering a Bluetooth-enabled BlackBerry is Cingular Wireless.

Nextel presents a special challenge for wireless handheld makers. Although it is one of the largest wireless carriers in the U.S., it doesn’t use the same kinds of wireless networks any of the other major companies do. Therefore, special phones must be created to access its iDen network.

More about the BlackBerry 7520

Like all recent devices from Research in Motion (RIM), the BlackBerry 7520 features a 240-by-240-pixel, color screen, and the standard BlackBerry thumb-typing keyboard with a navigation jog wheel on its right side.

Of course, this handheld runs the proprietary BlackBerry operating system. It includes 34 MB Flash memory and 4 MB RAM.

BlackBerry handhelds are best known for offering “always on” wireless email, and, naturally, the 7520 has this. It also comes with a Web browser.

In addition, included software allows the user to view Microsoft Office files and images included as email attachments.

It also acts as a mobile phone, and includes Direct Connect — the walkie talkie-like service that allows users to instantly talk with any other Nextel subscriber. It can also act as a speakerphone.

Like all cellular-wireless handhelds, the 7520 can store users’ personal information, and users can wirelessly synchronize their personal information.

The 7520 also has limited GPS capabilities.

This model is 4.5 inches tall, 2.9 inches wide, and 1.1 inches thick. It weighs 6.1 ounces.

According to Nextel, its 900 mAh battery is good for about 152 minutes talk time or 69 hours of standby time.

The BlackBerry 7520 is available now for $299.

For more information, or online ordering, visit the Nextel web site.

Thanks to Coop for the tip.

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