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Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile get new BlackBerrys

Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile get new BlackBerrys

Sprint Nextel is helping itself to another piece of BlackBerry pie with the addition of the RIM BlackBerry 7100i to its buffet of smart phones. The latest in RIM's BlackBerry 7100 series, the 7100i sports design features similar to its siblings, the 7100t and the 7100g, including a slim form factor, a 240x260-pixel display, and a quasi-QWERTY keyboard with SureType technology. There's 64MB of flash memory, 8MB of SRAM, and of course, BlackBerry's famed push e-mail service. In addition, the BlackBerry 7100i offers some new tricks: GPS and walkie-talkie capabilities. With the GPS functionality, you can get real-time voice and visual turn-by-turn directions right on your device, while Nextel's walkie-talkie service provides you with domestic and international push-to-talk capabilities. The BlackBerry 7100i will be available starting next week and will cost $349.99, but you should be able to get it cheaper with service.

In other BlackBerry news, T-Mobile and RIM announced the availability of the BlackBerry 7105t, which now features a new BlackBerry Internet E-mail service for Yahoo mail users. With this new service, you get real-time delivery of e-mail messages sent to your Yahoo account. Other highlights of the quad-band 7105t include integrated Bluetooth, a speakerphone, wireless e-mail, text messaging, a Web browser, instant messaging, an organizer, and RIM's SureType technology. The BlackBerry 7105t is available now for $299.99 ($199.99 after rebates).