Sprint To Introduce Blackberry 8700

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Earlier this week, Verizon began offering the BlackBerry 8703e, a cellular-wireless handheld with EV-DO support. Today, Sprint announced that it will begin offering the same device at the beginning of next month.

It is part of RIM’s 8700 series, which first debuted last year. A number of GSM carriers have been offering models from this series for many months, but the CDMA version just recently hit the market.

Like all of RIM’s handhelds, this device has a tablet design, with a QWERTY keyboard below its QVGA screen.

Location-Based Services

Sprint is touting the location-based services of its version of the 8703e, which will come with assisted-GPS.

Users will be able to get turn-by-turn directions to any address in the U.S., as long as they are connected to Sprint’s wireless network.

More About the BlackBerry 8703e

Of course, the 8703e runs the BlackBerry operating system, and offers all the features people have come to expect from RIM’s handhelds, like push email.

It includes 64 MB of built-in storage, but, as it offers very little support for multimedia playback, it has no memory card slot.

Like all this company’s devices, this handheld’s display doesn’t function as a touchscreen.

The 8703e has Bluetooth 2.0 short-range wireless networking.

The BlackBerry 8703e will be available from Sprint on October 1. It will cost $350 with a new two-year contract.

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