Sprint and Research In Motion (RIM) unveiled the BlackBerry Curve 8350i with push-to-talk (PTT) services. The BlackBerry Curve 8350i will be available by the end of 2008. Sprint is yet to announce the price of the BlackBerry Curve 8350i.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i will run on Sprint’s Nextel iDEN network, with the quick Nextel push-to-talk service.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i will use the Nextel Direct Connect to enable users to connect with users and integrated business solutions around the world, including select GPS-enabled solutions.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i’s Group Connect will allow users to set up instant group connections and communicate with up to 20 other participants.
Apart from the existing push mail and messaging capabilities, the BlackBerry Curve 8350i will have Wi-Fi 802.11b/g for internet browsing and downloading e-mail. The BlackBerry Curve 8350i will also come with a built-in GPS.
The Blackberry OS 4.6 platform will enable DataViz DocumentsToGo on the BlackBerry Curve 8350i, using which BlackBerry Curve 8350i users will be able to create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i has a 320×240 screen, media player, stereo bluetooth version 2.0, and a MicroSD memory card that will allow users to store multimedia content.
The BlackBerry Curve 8350i comes with a 2-megapixel camera, with digital zoom and flash, that allows users to captures images and record videos.
Other features of the BlackBerry Curve 8350i include a rechargeable 1400 mAH Battery and additional messaging capabilities that provides support for instant messaging and multimedia messaging to email addresses and capable phones.
David Chamberlain, In-Stat’s principal analyst said, “Smartphones in general and BlackBerry products in particular, have become more important to both business people and consumers lately. The BlackBerry Curve 8350i with PTT capability rounds out Sprint’s options to fill communications needs of many industries particularly those in the blue-collar segment of the construction, field services, transportation, and manufacturing.”