Sprint Goes GSM with BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

Sprint Goes GSM with BlackBerry 8830 World Edition


Business users on the go will certainly appreciate the added functionality found in the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition from Sprint. Unlike other CDMA devices, this one has a SIM card slot that will effectively let you use GSM networks around the globe.

What’s this? Sprint letting you latch onto Cingular or T-Mobile? Unfortunately, that’s not exactly the case, because the only GSM/GPRS radios found on the Pearl-esque BlackBerry 8830 World Edition are of the 900/1800 variety used in Asia and Europe. When you’re back home in the United States, Sprint wants you to use their service and their service only.

Outside of the dual-network usability, the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition powered by Sprint also comes with high-speed EV-DO (Rev.0), built-in GPS capabilities, Bluetooth 2.0, a Qualcomm MSM6550 processor, a 1400mAh Lithium-ion battery, QVGA TFT display, 64MB RAM, microSD expansion, media player, QWERTY keyboard, and a 0.55-inch profile.

No word on price, but they’ll start offering the 8830 World Edition through “business sales channels” in early July with retail availability following later that month. You can pre-register through the Read link starting tomorrow.