Blackberry 8707 UMTS

The BlackBerry 8707v is the first 3G BlackBerry device to market. It's a derivative of the ubiquitous BlackBerry 8700 series of devices, and it appears to have the same functionality as the 8700, just with added support for UMTS 2100 3G data. The "v" in "8707v" indicates that this is a Vodafone device. Vodafone Germany are the first region to announce that they will have the 8707v available in the very near future (hence the QWERTZ keyboard pictured). It's likely that other operators will follow suit, but because this is a UMTS 2100 device it won't work with 3G in North America (although like the other 8700 series devices, it's a quad-band GSM phone too).

There are limitations with the 8707v though. There's no WiFi, unlike some recent messaging devices, nor is there any expandable memory (internal memory comprises of 64Mb of Flash memory plus 16Mb dynamic RAM). There's no MP3 player or camera either. Of course, many businesses actually want these limitations as it makes the device simpler to manage.

As with the other 8700 series BlackBerries, the 8707v comes with a 320x240 pixel display, a web browser, PIM functions and Bluetooth. It goes without saying that the BlackBerry 8707v supports standard internet email protocols and BlackBerry push email.. ah well, we just said it. It can also view a variety of document formats, including Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect and Adobe PDF files.. but now the 8707v can download these attachments much more quickly. Of course, when paired with a notebook, the 3G BlackBerry 8707v can act as a pretty respectable modem. It's still an awkward sort of shape and format to use with a phone, but then a Bluetooth headset will help a little in this respect.

Vodafone Germany and RIM (who make the BlackBerry) say that they will have the 8707v available very soon, presumably followed by other Vodafone regions and then we expect to see variants for other carriers at a later date.


SPECIFICATIONS

  • Available: Q3 2006
  • Network: UMTS 2100 + Quad-band GSM
  • Size
    • Dimensions 110 x 69.5 x 19.5 mm
    • Weight 134 g
  • Display
    • Type 65K colours
    • Size 320 x 240 pixels
    • 35-key QWERTY keyboard
  • Ringtones
    • Type Polyphonic, MP3
    • Customization
    • Vibration
  • Memory
    • Phonebook
    • Call records
    • 64 MB flash memory
    • 16 MB SRAM
    • Intel PXA901 312 MHz processor
  • Data
    • GPRS
    • EDGE
    • 3G, 384 kbps
    • Bluetooth
    • USB
  • Features
    • Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging
    • Browser HTML
    • Games
    • Colours Silver
    • Java
    • Organizer
    • Built-in handsfree
    • To-do list
    • Document viewer (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Corel WordPerfect and Adobe PDF)
  • Battery
    • Standard battery, Li-Ion 1100 mAh
    • Stand-by Up to 450 h
    • Talk time Up to 4h



RELATED LINKS
BlackBerry 8707v - Mobile Gazette
BlackBerry 8707 on Vodafone
BlackBerry hops into 3G territory with 8707
3G BlackBerry 8707 debuts - The Register
BlackBerry 8707v Officially Announced - BlackBerry cool
RIM Goes 3G
Vodafone releases 3G BlackBerry








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