Sprint goes global with RIM BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Sprint releases RIM BlackBerry 8830 with world roaming.

RIM BlackBerry 8830
RIM BlackBerry 8830 Sprint

Dangit! I just got back from Italy, and I totally could have used this while I was over there. Though first announced back in April, Sprint has finally released its version of the RIM BlackBerry 8830 World Edition smart phone. Like Verizon's model, the BlackBerry 8830 for Sprint offers dual-mode functionality so you can make calls and receive e-mail around the world; plus, it adds unlocked SIM capabilities, which means you can use SIM cards from other countries. The 8830 switches automatically between CDMA (for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and GSM networks to offer seamless international roaming. In all, you get voice coverage in about 170 countries and e-mail coverage in 75 countries. Other goodies include built-in GPS with a BlackBerry maps application, Bluetooth, a media player (no camera, though), a full QWERTY keyboard, expandable media, and a speakerphone. The RIM BlackBerry 8830 is available now online and through Sprint's business channels for $199 with a two-year service agreement and after a mail-in rebate. The carrier's Worldwide BlackBerry plan starts at $69.99 for unlimited BlackBerry e-mail and Web access, while international voice roaming rates range from $0.59 to $4.99 per minute.

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