No camera version of BlackBerry 8350i now available from Sprint

By on April 13, 2009 at 3:48 PM.

No camera version of BlackBerry 8350i now available from Sprint

Tired of having to turn your precious BlackBerry over to an attendant every time you hit your gym locker room? Sure it’s a bit later than the rumor mill had anticipated, but Sprint may finally have the answer for you. The 8350i is now available without that pesky 2 megapixel shooter. Pricing on the 8350i sans-camera is lined up exactly with the older version that includes a camera, albeit barely usable, at $149.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract. As far as specs go, no need to go through all that; it’s an old school BlackBerry Curve with PTT and no camera. Oh and it has Wi-Fi just like the regular 8350i, which is nice. Of course there are all kinds of reasons a camera-less Curve could be a requirement for you — or more likely your company — so let the enterprise orders commence.

Thanks, Basil!

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Boost Mobile intros International Connect

By on March 31, 2009 at 5:05 PM.

Boost Mobile intros International Connect

News from Boost Mobile this morning brings its subscribers a new international texting and walkie talkie option that will definitely turn heads. Dubbed International Connect, the $10 plan enhancement affords customers unlimited SMS and PTT from the US to Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Chile. Though the new International Connect option is hardly worldwide as the header on Boost’s press release would lead you to believe, it’s still a hell of a package for $10. No? Hit the jump for the full release or we’ll send Mickey Avalon to do a live show in your front yard.

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Motorola i9 touches down at Sprint stores, available March 12th on Nextel

By on March 7, 2009 at 12:50 PM.

Motorola i9 touches down at Sprint stores, available March 12th on Nextel

That saucy little Motorola i9… It just can’t stop posing for your pals at BGR. If you’re a Boost Mobile customer you probably already know that the i9 has launched in all of its deceptively bulky glory, well, because it’s far and away the sexiest handset Boost has ever seen. What about poor Nextel customers though, don’t they get any love from Motorola’s new iDEN RAZR? Thanks to one of our trusty ninjas we can confirm that this puppy is indeed headed to Nextel — in fact, it’s already slowly but surely making its way to various Sprint stores. As far as availability goes, you’re looking at a March 12th launch and pricing will be $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate . Sit tight, PTT addicts! Hit the jump for a few more pics, including size comparison shots next to a Curve.

Thanks, Teck!

Updated at 5:30 pm EST to reflect price correction — the final price after rebate is $249.99, not $299.99.

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Samsung M810 gets FCC blessing

By on March 2, 2009 at 10:25 AM.

Samsung M810 gets FCC blessing

The good ‘ole FCC just gave a green light to a new Samsung handset that, according to rumor, could cure cases of “The Mondays” across the country — well, for Sprint customers at least. The device, tagged only with a model number for the time being, is rumored to be the Samsung Instinct Mini. Woo! Various sources have made the leap and suggested the SPH-M810 will come to market as the new little brother to Sprint’s Instinct and the timing certainly makes sense. We’ve haven’t heard anything at this point that suggests Sprint has moved its target launch date of April 19th and with the FCC’s blessing out of the way, everything looks to be on track. The only new info about the alleged miniaturized Instinct is that it will reportedly include PTT, which could pose an interesting twist down the road a bit. Either way, Sprint people have quite a few handsets to look forward to over the coming months — anyone excited for the Instinct Mini?

[Via UV]

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Press shots of the Motorola i465 leak out

By on February 27, 2009 at 8:01 AM.

Press shots of the Motorola i465 leak out

We’ve known what the upcoming Motorola i465 iDEN has looked like for at least a month but upon seeing this leaked press release photo, it looks Motorola has succeeded in doing something we think is has secretly been trying to do for years — create a full-QWERTY phone that is uglier than Jocelyn Wildenstein. Specific specs are sparse but we think we’re going to see a VGA camera, Bluetooth 2.0 and that crazy iDEN PTT that so many love. Of course we suppose those bad specs aren’t too big of a deal considering that the main selling point is iDEN connectivity with a QWERTY keypad thrown in for messaging fiends. We can definitely see the i465 being somewhat popular for Boost which still doesn’t have a QWERTY phone in its bag, so we hope Sprint goes that route as opposed to having it compete with the BlackBerry 8350i. Because honestly…

[Via Unwired View]

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Verizon’s Push to Talk CDM8975 to be available March 9th for $99.99

By on February 23, 2009 at 2:25 PM.

Verizon’s Push to Talk CDM8975 to be available March 9th for $99.99

Last week we scooped it like gelato and this week Verizon has gone and made it official; the CDM8975 will be up for grabs come March 9th. Going for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the CDM8975 isn’t all that bad of a phone for those whose jobs require that they have a Push to Talk-enabled handset. And while it may not be the most rugged handset in its class, the 8975 does have a 1.3 megapixel camera, V CAST Music/Video, stereo Bluetooth, microSD slot, EVDO Rev. A connectivity and a glorious internal antenna packed into its matte black clam shell body. Ordinarily we wouldn’t think too many people would be interested in this phone enough to give it a second mention, but with the recently passed stimulus relying upon workers to revamp America’s crumbling infrastructure who knows — the demand for such a phone might just be there.

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Verizon CDM 8795 PTT phone strikes a pose

By on February 20, 2009 at 1:57 PM.

Verizon CDM 8795 PTT phone strikes a pose

While it might not be the most exciting handset Verizon will be pushing out this year, the CDM 8795 looks to have quietly been made available to business customers this week. This handset certainly isn’t going to appeal to those looking to stay on the cutting edge but as a solid PTT handset for work, it’s a definitely contender. In terms of hardware, you’re looking at a clam shell form factor with fairly solid construction and a very usable layout. The left side of the phone is home to a data cable port, volume keys and a prominent red PTT button while the right side holds a microSD slot, speakerphone button, camera button, voice dialing button and a 2.5 mm audio jack. Dedicated music buttons can be found beneath the external secondary display along with a front-facing speaker, while the inside has dedicated buttons for email/mobile web and VZ Nav flanking the d-pad. Pricing is not confirmed but it looks like the CDM 8795 will run you $149.99 with a 2-year contract. While the phone isn’t yet available on Verizon’s website, we’re hearing corporate customers should be able to snag one immediately via telesales. Hit the jump for a few more shots.

Thanks, Dena!

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Motorola i9 coming soon to Boost Mobile

By on January 23, 2009 at 12:31 PM.

Motorola i9 coming soon to Boost Mobile

At this point, provided you live in an area well-covered by Sprint Nextel’s iDEN network, mobile users who don’t have a requirement for a smartphone might be considered crazy not to take advantage of Boost Mobile’s new unlimited plan. $50, everything, all you can eat – don’t expect larger carriers to touch it any time soon. That said, one of the issues possibly preventing customers from heading to Boost is the lack of an exciting handset inventory but from the looks of things Boost is trying to remedy that. Sure the RAZR design is about 350 years old at this point, but the i9 is still a sexy new ModeShift-sporting, PTT-ready handset that will soon be making its way to Boost. You remember the i9, we showed it to you back in October. We had a pretty good idea it was coming to Boost Mobile but a new flier for the Boost unlimited plan might point to a release in the very close future. Hit the jump for a screenshot and a PDF download link.

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Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8350i FINALLY gets official

By on December 15, 2008 at 11:18 AM.

Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8350i FINALLY gets official

It might not warrant quite the fanfare received by the coming of “the first touchscreen BlackBerry” but iDEN addicts will be excited to learn that RIM’s most advanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) enabled device ever is finally official. We showed you live images of the 8350i last month and since then we’ve received a constant onslaught of comments and emails wondering when this puppy might actually hit store shelves. At long last the mystery can be put to bed. As for the spec on this bulky beauty, here are a few highlights:

  • 4.4″ x 2.4″ x 0.7″
  • OS 4.6
  • WiFi and GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • microSDHC support
  • International direct connect and Talkgroup
  • 1400 mAh battery

The BlackBerry Curve 8350i is already up for purchase on Sprint’s site and should be hitting store shelves this week. As for pricing, it can be yours for a very reasonable $149.99 with a two-year contract.

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Sprint Blackberry Curve 8350i sign-up page goes live

By on October 10, 2008 at 8:55 AM.

Sprint Blackberry Curve 8350i sign-up page goes live

All you Sprint iDEN users that are clinging to your aging Blackberry 7100i may want to head over to Sprint’s website and sign up to receive availability information on the upcoming Sprint Blackberry Curve 8350i. Be realistic. Duct tape, super glue, and a boat load of batteries can only go so far to keep a dying phone alive. The new Blackberry Curve 8350i offers Wi-Fi, GPS, and iDEN-based push to talk in a semi-rugged BlackBerry Curve casing. Sounds nice doesn’t it? All you guys (or gals) that like to drag your phone in the dirt, drop it off a platform, or get it wet on occasion, need not apply as the 8350i doesn’t meet military standards for dust, shock, or water. This is still a Blackberry, not a Sonim.

[Via IntoMobile]

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Exclusive spec sheet and shots for Sprint’s LG LX400

By on May 28, 2008 at 2:44 PM.

Exclusive spec sheet and shots for Sprint’s LG LX400

Looking for some exclusive info on the LG LX400? Please try and contain your excitement. This low-end clamshell is set to drop on June 15th, with a suggested retail price of $279.99, though we’re guessing that will drop significantly with any applicable rebates. The phone itself is a pretty boring affair, sporting a 1.3 MP camera, Sprint Navigation support, Bluetooth, and a bit more. The jewel of this phone’s spec sheet, however, is that it supports Direct Connect and appears to interface seamlessly with Nextel’s network, utilizing the carrier’s “Single Number Option feature. We’re certainly not going to be rushing down to our local Sprint store to snag this one, but if for some reason this looks appealing, more power to you. Couple more shots after the jump!

Thanks, Omie!

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