Hands-on With Slingplayer Mobile, BlackBerry Version

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The last of the major smartphone operating systems, RIM's BlackBerry, has finally received support for SlingPlayer Mobile. Not only can stock brokers, businessmen, bankers, analysts and other jerks email their co-workers at their lunch meetings, they now can catch the game at the same time. We demoed this earlier in the week for ourselves, and saw that the quality was actually very good, even over EDGE.


SlingPlayer for BB is only available and certified for one particular European BlackBerry Pearl version with Wi-Fi that's not even available in the US right now, but you can try loading it onto other phones and see if it clicks. Sling is adding more models soon, as they've been known to do, so it won't be long until you're hopping onto the can to sneak 5 minutes with Judge Judy in the afternoon.

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I hate the Pearl. I want to meet who ever designed the keyboard and punch them in the mouth. Also, I have several client's that receive the Pearl as their first blackberry, and most of the time they return it in favor of a different model. Suretype is just annoying unless you have used the older 7100 series.

I recommend dropping Sprint and getting either Verizon or at&t. Sprint's coverage isn't that great. Verizon for the 8830, at&t for the 8800.

I own both an 8800 and an 8310 with at&t. Good models, few issues (outside of memory leak on the 8300 series which is a known issue) and a full QWERTY keyboard.

As for the SLING box for BB, I am interested as to how it fairs. I would really like to utilize the media player supplied with the devices, but there are so many other options to get media. Kinda seems wonky to me, but what do I know. Just my opinion.