Wireless Wire: News from T-Mobile, Good Technology, Alcatel, MegaPixi, Equal, Sprint, Altai, FCC

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 09-07-2006
T-Mobile to Launch New BlackBerry

T-Mobile USA will be the first wireless carrier to release the new BlackBerry Pearl. According to the announcement on Sept. 7 from T-Mobile, the new BlackBerry is "Ultra-Sleek." Take a look at the photo we asked for and you can judge for yourself what this means in the world of the usually porky BlackBerry. T-Mobile said the new device will debut on Sept. 12, during CTIA.

The new Pearl has a number of features that haven't been on BlackBerry devices in the past, such as an included music player, a 1.3 megapixel camera and instant messaging clients. It also provides normal BlackBerry e-mail support, an HTML browser and some standard cell phone features such as voice dialing, speakerphone and Bluetooth. In other words, it's a lot like a Palm Treo, but thinner.

T-Mobile hasn't said what the new BlackBerry will cost, but it's aimed at least to some extent at consumers, so it probably won't be totally in expense-account land. On the other hand, it's a quad-band GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) phone that will work anywhere on Earth, so it can serve business customers, too.

Good to Support New Treo

Speaking of the Treo, Good Technology announced on Sept. 5 support for the new Palm Treo 700wx. This new version of the Treo 700 works on Sprint's Power Vision network. This means it can send data very quickly, in addition to acting as an organizer and doing other Palm-like things. Unfortunately, it runs Windows Mobile, which means it will be slower and harder to use than it needs to be. On the other hand, Good already supports the Treo 700p, which runs the Palm operating system.

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