Verizon and RIM introduced the Blackberry 713e, making it the first smartphone to use Verizon's EV-DO network. And now that RIM has promised that its service will not be interrupted because of its legal woes, it certainly would be nice to use the new Blackberry as a tethered modem for your laptop (courtesy of Verizon's BroadbandAccess Connect). Other features include a web browser, PIM suite and a range of push-based wireless e-mail options like Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and Novel GroupWise for the enterprise, as well as the BlackBerry Internet Service which allows up to ten e-mail accounts including—again—Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and POP3/IMAP4 accounts. And unfortunately for folks like me who like a full-functioned keypad, and unlike Cingular's recent Blackberry 8700c, it's got RIM's proprietary SureType keypad, which uses predictive text type for input. Also comes with 64 MB of memory and Bluetooth. Get it for $300 when you sign a 2-year contract.
Plans and pricing for BlackBerry 7130e [Verizon Wireless]