There really hasn’t been a big cloud of secrecy surround the BlackBerry 8350i, but the iDEN-packing BlackBerry is finally official. For peeps still holding onto the iDEN PTT network, this is the first BlackBerry to offer WiFi and group connect. Plus, it still has all the traditional iDEN goodies of GPS beacon, international Direct Connect, and Talkgroup, along with everything the Curve offers. Pricing is set at $149 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year Sprint commitment when it becomes available on January 11, 2009. The entire package seems like a quality iDEN phone, hopefully the build quality on the Curve can withstand the traditional blue collar abuse Nextels tend to attract.
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