Verizon Blackberry 8830 CDMA/GSM world phone

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Today, Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion officially announced the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition, a dual-mode CDMA/GSM smartphone. Like the Samsung SCH-i830, the 8830 comes with a SIM card, and automatically switches between CDMA and GSM networks offering voice coverage in 157 countries (22 are CDMA) and e-mail coverage in 62 countries. And don’t worry, when on CDMA you will be running ad EVDO speeds.

The 8830 comes in silver, and includes a media player, speakerphone, voice-activated dialing, conference calling, 64MB internal memory, a microSD expansion slot, Bluetooth with tethered or wireless dial-up networking abilities (though Verizon will probably disable it) and BlackBerry push e-mail solution with support for Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, or Novell GroupWise. The battery life is rated at 3.6 hours talk time and up to 9 days of standby.

The BlackBerry 8830 will be available through Verizon starting May 14 through direct sales channels and in retail stores starting May 28. Pricing starts at $299.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate, and data plans start at $64.99 for unlimited global e-mail with a U.S. voice plan (beginning at $39.99) and $69.99 for unlimited global e-mail without a voice plan.

Update: Changed “i730″ to “i830″ as the model of Samsung’s CDMA/GSM phone.

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  • Dan

    Your info is wrong about the i730. The i730 is CDMA only. The phone you are refering to is the Samsung i830. Just thought you should know.


  • Tommy

    Very slick device, a few of them came into our office today from Verizon, wish they had the trackwheel on the side though, i dont see what it would hurt to leave it there in additional to the ball on the front…

  • Seahawk02

    Similar question, thinking about switching to Verizon, like the BB for the obvious reasons, but tried the phone in the store and it had “delays” when calling a local plain old telephone system (POTS) land line. The LG8700/LG8600/Motorola RAZR were crystal clear. Not sure if the phone needed a software update or if the unit was there for a reason, but why would you demo an inferior product? Echo Gretchen & Bryan, very interested in how everyones BB 8830 is performing in regards to weak or problematic areas as compared to a standard phone. Being a Navy Sailor I will be faced with constant weak signals aboard ship and need a phone with stellar reception. Love to have the BB, but if it can’t manage to obtain or keep a phone call then it’s a non-starter. Hope this was just a VZW store problem. Thanks in Advance.

  • Mark

    Well the 8830 is wondeerful for the fact that it runs on a 3G network, the only BB of its kind to do so mind u. But I like Tmobiles version better based on Color, (Black) Plus were on Edge, GSM network which smokes the verizons Cdma stuff. Great phone! But every carrier has the same version, I would check with them B4 buying it through "Verizon"

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    this is good mobile blackberry 8830,if any one used one time this mobile blackbeery8830,next time who is not use any other mobile.

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