Sprint RIM announced the expansion of the BlackBerry portfolio for Sprint Mobile Broadband Service, including the introduction of the BlackBerry 7130e from Sprint with broadband like speeds (average download speeds of 400-700 kpbs and up to 2Mbps).
Operating on the Sprint Power Vision Network, the BlackBerry 7130e provides complete BlackBerry functionality at broadband-like speeds. The BlackBerry 7130e can be used as a tethered modem in conjunction with a laptop for high-speed Internet and data application access anywhere Sprint has coverage. The BlackBerry 7130e is currently available for $199.99 after available discounts and promotions.
The BlackBerry 7250 previously introduced by Sprint in 2005, now also features Sprint Mobile Broadband service. The EV-DO-capable device comes equipped with a full-featured phone, Bluetooth, backlit QWERTY keyboard and thumb-operated trackwheel navigation and can also be used as a tethered modem for flexible connectivity options. Later this year, Sprint will make an EV-DO software upgrade available online to customers who purchased the BlackBerry 7250 from Sprint prior to May 1, 2006.
Sprint is also now selling the BlackBerry Smart Card Reader; a lightweight, wearable smart card reader that enables controlled access to a BlackBerry device enabled with Bluetooth Wireless technology. Provideing an additional layer of security (two-factor authentication) and supports a variety of smart cards including those in the government and financial services sectors.