BlackBerry 8707v, First BlackBerry With Built-In 3G Modem

Our Crackberry-addicted readers in the UK will be happy to know that RIM and Vodafone will be launching the latest in the 8000 series over there very soon. Hip hip hurrah for Royal Britannia, etc.

The BlackBerry 8707v has the same 320x240 colour LCD screen as the 8700, as well as the dedicated Send and End keys and programmable key on the left of the body. The feature that makes the 8707v important is that it's the very first BlackBerry to ever come with a built-in 3G modem; its USB and Bluetooth connectivity will finally make it easy for laptops without PCMCIA slots to use 3G on the go.

The 8707v operates quad-band, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, making it usable in Europe, Asia and of course, North America. Five bucks says at least of our Wall Street readers will have asked their peons to pre-order this thing overseas before they finished reading this sentence.

BlackBerry 8707v [Adam Phones, thanks Simon!]