Verizon Wireless Gets its Mitts on BlackBerry 8830 World Phone

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Being a Verizon customer, I'm always complaining about their lack of phones, but it looks like the boys in red just got first dibs on RIM's BlackBerry 8830 (aka the Cyclone), which is a CDMA/GSM hybrid. In other words, it'll work here in the States and overseas on GSM networks. It's Verizon's second phone with that super feature. Personally, I think Verizon needs more "hybrid" models like that.

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The 8830 looks like the 8800 and will pack a QVGA screen, microSD slot, and 3G EV-DO support. The bad news is that there's no camera. Even though I don't take a lot of cell phone pics, that's a deal-killer for me. Otherwise, corporate types should fair well with this baby in their pocket.

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Illustration for article titled Verizon Wireless Gets its Mitts on BlackBerry 8830 World Phone
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Verizon Wireless Gets RIM BlackBerry 8830 Cyclone [Phone Arena with images via Howard Forums]

DISCUSSION

This latest version of the BlackBerry is fine and dandy, but it's not worth the upgrade if you are using any of the BB currently sold by VZW on its website.

I'm a current VZW user/slave. I'm counting the days before I can terminate my contract and move to Cingular/AT&T. I'm currently saving my pennies for the i-phone (and its 40-minute long battery life). Given the bitter history between VZW and Apple, I doubt VZW will support the i-phone ever.

Even if the other service providers (T-Mobile, Cingular/AT&T, etc.) don't provide cool phones, you at least have the option to go to Dynamism and buy a GSM phone to use on their systems. Not VZW - they use some crap network only in use in America.