Sprint and Research In Motion introduced the BlackBerry 8703e with updated features, including EV-DO support and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) capability.
The BlackBerry 8703e is already available to Verizon Wireless customers beginning Sunday, September 17.
The BlackBerry 8703e is capable of taking advantage of broadband-like speeds provided by the Sprint Power VisionSM Network – the US largest mobile broadband network covering more than 157 million people in 216 major metropolitan areas as well as 486 airports. It provides an average download speeds of 400-700kpbs and up to 2Mbps peak speeds. It can also be used as a tethered modem in conjunction with a laptop for high-speed Internet and data application access anywhere Sprint has Power Vision Network coverage.
The BlackBerry 8703e includes integrated GPS (assisted-GPS) to deliver support for popular location-based services to mobile users, such as turn-by-turn driving directions to any address, anywhere on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network.
The high-resolution LCD screen on the BlackBerry 8703e incorporates intelligent light sensing technology that automatically adjusts LCD and keyboard lighting levels to provide optimized viewing in indoor, outdoor and dark environments.
With additional key features like email, phone, browser, organizer, Bluetooth 2.0 wireless technology, speakerphones and full QWERTY keyboard the BlackBerry 8703e is designed to provide customers with a rich phone and messaging experience in an all-in-one, stylish device.
The BlackBerry 8703e will be available Oct 1, 2006 , through Sprint business and indirect sales channels, at Sprint retail locations, and online for $349.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement.