BlackBerry 7 Lineup Looks Good on Paper
The company is hoping that the new faster browser, the new faster hardware platform and the new capacitive touch-screen, along with new applications, will get attention from people who aren't iPhone advocates. RIM is also likely hoping that the ability to get a real keyboard that's easy to type on will also make a difference to people who just don't like touch-screens. Another new capability that will make the new BlackBerry devices an alternative to the iPhone is the ability to use 4G from AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T will be offering 4G-capable versions of the Torch 9810, the Bold 9900 and the Torch 9860, which is the all-touch version of the Torch. T-Mobile will start with the Bold 9900, which has both a touch-screen and a keyboard in the standard BlackBerry layout. A company spokesperson told eWEEK that RIM will make announcements later about other new BlackBerry devices.
Sprint isn't getting 4G, but it is getting the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 all-touch devices. Sprint's BlackBerry phones are global phones that support both CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and GSM and will work nearly anywhere in the world, as will the AT&T and T-Mobile devices. Right now, there's no word from Verizon Wireless regarding the new BlackBerry devices, but close examination of the specs shows that the CDMA versions of the Bold and Torch will work with Verizon's network and its 3G data services. There is currently no support for Verizon's LTE (Long-Term Evolution) service on the new devices.